Harassment in comprises several actions. It can be referred to as hitting, beating, striking, or physically attacking someone without actually hurting them. Harassment can also be referred to as offending someone with the use of indecent language or gestures made either personally, through a phone call, an e-mail, or any other means of communication. Stalking is also classified as harassment, and so is following a person and initiating repeated unwanted communications especially during inconvenient hours and repeatedly taunting, challenging, or insulting a person with the intent to provoke a fight.
When is a certain act considered harassment?
When a person commits the above mentioned acts deliberately and with the intent to harass, annoy, or alarm the other person, that is considered harassment. The complainant’s lawyer, therefore, must prove the existence of intent on the part of the defendant to prove his guilt.
How can we classify “obscene” language?
It varies by state but in Colorado, when a person is accused of obscene language, he is accused of having solicited another person to commit sexual acts with him. It does not matter what these sexual acts are and whether these are actual or simulated, normal or perverted.
What is stalking?
Stalking is a very serious offense. It is even more serious than sexual harassment or domestic violence. The Colorado State legislature defines stalking in three actions. First, stalking is making a threat to someone and repeatedly following, watching, approaching, or contacting that person or someone in his family or a person he has a relationship with. It is also making a threat to someone and repeatedly trying to communicate with that person or someone in his family or someone he has a relationship with. Here, it does not matter whether a conversation takes place. The complainant only has to prove that the defendant has repeatedly tried to initiate a conversation with him to qualify as stalking. Lastly, a person can also be proven guilty of stalking if he repeatedly follows, watches, approaches, or contacts a person, a member of his family, or someone he has a relationship with in a way to cause emotional distress.
What are the penalties for committing harassment?
Again it varies by state, but most cases of harassment are considered a class three misdemeanor. This entails a minimum penalty of $50 in fines and a maximum of six months or 180 days in jail plus up to $750 in fines. Stalking, however, is a more serious problem in the state, thus, a bigger penalty is imposed upon persons who are found guilty of stalking. Unlike other forms of harassment, a first-time stalker is charged with a class five felony, which is punishable by one to three years in prison and fines of up to $100,000. When the offense is committed for a second or subsequent time, the charge is elevated to a class four felony and entails two to six years in prison and up to $500,000 in fines.
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