Harassment is addressed in RCW 9A.46. Harassment is defined as the knowingly making of a threat, without lawful authority to cause bodily injury immediately or in the future to the person threatened or another. It can also be a threat to cause physical damage to property, a threat to confine or restrain another, a threat to maliciously do any act which is intended to substantially harm another with respect to his/her physical, mental health or safety. The threat must be made with words or in a manner that places the person threatened in reasonable fear that the threat will be carried out.
Harassment is a gross misdemeanor unless the threat is a threat to kill or the person making the threat has a prior conviction for threatening the same victim or this victim’s family; in those cases it is a class C felony.
Harassment is a difficult crime to be charged with. Usually there is no physical evidence to prove or disprove the allegation. Most of the time it is a swearing match between a defendant and an alleged victim as to whether the threat was actually made. Padula & Associates attorneys have successfully negotiated dismissal of felony harassment charges. We have also successfully litigated these charges. Call us now for a free consultation if you are facing harassment charges.