Harassment Charges 2C:33-4
Middletown NJ Harassment Lawyer
Harassment is one of the most common charges litigated in local Municipal Courts throughout Monmouth County. Harassment is considered a petty disorderly persons offense, which is New Jersey’s version of a misdemeanor. Typically most harassment charges stem from some form of a domestic dispute between family members, loved ones or friends. As such, most clients charged with harassment are also forced to defend themselves against simple assault, terroristic threats, stalking, criminal coercion charges as well. Also, clients tend to find themselves being served with a temporary restraining order too. If you have been arrested and charged with a criminal offense in Monmouth County, the Law Offices Proetta & Oliver can help. Our Monmouth County criminal defense lawyers have dedicated their entire careers to defending those accused of breaking the law in courts throughout New Jersey, including courts throughout Monmouth County. Our criminal defense attorneys routinely appear in courts throughout the county including courts like Hazlet, Tinton Falls, Asbury Park, Rumson, Fair Haven, Belmar, Howell, Eatontown and Red Bank and defend clients charged with harassment.
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If you would like to schedule an appointment to come into our office and speak one on one with Mr. Oliver about your options, then please contact us directly at (732)858-6959. We are available 24/7 to help in anyway that we can. Our office is located at 18 Kings Highway, directly across the street from the Middletown Municipal Court. We fully understand that this can be an extremely stressful time for someone. So if you have any questions whatsoever, please do not hesitate to contact us. Now here is some key information on harassment charges, including what exactly the State must prove beyond a reasonable doubt.
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Harassment Charges: N.J.S.A. 2C:33-4
The offense of harassment is governed by N.J.S.A. 2C:33-4, which states in pertinent part:
A person commits an . . . offense if, with purpose to harass another, he:
- Makes, or causes to be made, a communication or communications anonymously or at extremely inconvenient hours, or in offensively coarse language, or any other manner likely to cause annoyance or alarm;
- Subjects another to striking, kicking, shoving, or other offensive touching, or threatens to do so; or
- Engages in any other course of alarming conduct or of repeatedly committed acts with purpose to alarm or seriously annoy such other person.
The key to every section discussed above is the Defendant’s underlying intent. To prove a Defendant committed harassment the State must prove that it was the Defendant’s purpose was to harass the victim. This aspect of the statute is pivotal and it allows for an experienced Monmouth County criminal defense attorney to attack the charges. If you would like to have a free initial consultation with Mr. Oliver or one of the other attorneys on staff then please contact us at (732)858-6959.
What is the Sentence for a Harassment Charge in NJ?
Harassment is a petty disorderly persons offense. A petty disorderly persons offense is the lowest level criminal charge in New Jersey. With that being said it is still a criminal offense and if convicted a Defendant faces significant penalties. If convicted of harassment in New Jersey a Defendant is facing up to thirty (30) days in the Monmouth County Jail, a fine up to $500 and a criminal record as well. Depending on whom the victim is, a Defendant may be eligible for one of New Jersey’s diversionary programs, the conditional dismissal program. If eligible and if defense counsel is able to get the Defendant into the program, the Defendant could walk away from these charges without a criminal record let alone without serving a day in jail. For more information on this program please checkout the practice series by clicking the link.
Local West Long Branch Attorney for Harassment Charge
If you have been charged with harassment, possession of marijuana under 50 grams, stalking, terroristic threats or been served with a restraining order, the Law Offices of Proetta & Oliver can help. Our attorneys have been representing clients charged with criminal offenses in Courts throughout Monmouth County for almost a decade now. Our attorneys have the experience and skill set required to make sure these charges do not affect the rest of your life. Our attorneys have a reputation of aggressively and zealously advocate on behalf of our clients. To schedule a free initial consultation today please contact us directly at (732)858-6959 or leave us an email. We serve all of Monmouth County, including towns like Hazlet, Howell, Aberdeen, Matawan, Red Bank, Belmar, Manasquan, Freehold, Ocean Township, Wall Township, Long Branch and Little Silver.