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C.R.S. 18-9-111 – Harassment – Kiana Arellano’s Law

Harassment is a serious criminal allegation, and a skilled, knowledgeable Denver criminal lawyer is required to properly defend one so accused.

One may be charged with harassment where he or she, with the intent to alarm, annoy, or harass, kicks, shoves, strikes, or otherwise physically contacts another.

One may also be charged with harassment where he or she, with the intent to alarm, annoy, or harass, directs obscene language or gesture at another in a public place.

One may also be charged with harassment where he or she, with the intent to alarm, annoy, or harass, follows someone else in a public place.

One may also be charged with harassment where he or she, with the intent to alarm, annoy, or harass, initiates electronic communication with another or, during such a communication, where he or she makes an obscene communication.

One may also be charged with harassment where he or she, with the intent to alarm, annoy, or harass, repeatedly calls another with no legitimate purpose for conversation.

One may also be charged with harassment where he or she, with the intent to alarm, annoy, or harass, makes repeated communications to another at inconvenient hours. One may also be charged with harassment where he or she, with the intent to alarm, annoy, or harass, repeatedly taunts, challenges, insults, or otherwise offensively communicates with another in a way provocative of a disorderly response.

What the statute, or law, makes clear is that there are several different ‘ways’ or ‘types of conduct’ that can lead to someone being charged with this offense. The cases that include this charge are further complicated by the fact that some of the terms in this statute, including “physical contact,” “threats” and “annoy,” are broad terms that may encompass behavior that may not be obvious. For example, we know that spitting on someone constitutes “physical contact” and some tweets, despite being strongly worded, may not be “threats.”  This highlights that the First Amendment may come into play when a person is charged with Harassment. An experienced attorney will be able to fight for you.

There are several different defenses that might be available to someone who is charged with Harassment. One of the most common defenses in these cases is that of self-defense. Self-defense applies when someone must use physical force against someone else to prevent “imminent use of unlawful physical force by that other person.” Self-defense can be a complex argument to construct and the attorneys at the Law Office of Jacob E. Martinez are familiar with making these types of arguments. Harassment may constitute a class 1 or 3 misdemeanor.

When charged with harassment, a skilled Denver defense attorney is essential.  Contact a Denver defense lawyer today to discuss your options.

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