The law sets a low threshold of what types of behavior may constitute “aggravated harassment.” Making “prank phone calls” or otherwise acting in such a way as to harass another person may be construed as “aggravated harassment,” leading to criminal charges and if a defendant is convicted, a criminal record.
Aggravated harassment charges may come about if you have been accused with any of the following:
Quite a few clients of The Law Office of James E. Tyner, PLLC have sought out our help after a minor incident escalated after a call to the police. Once police begin to ask questions of the accused, a criminal matter may develop beyond the scope that one would expect given the specific facts. Charges of aggravated harassment will put you in the same criminal justice system that is used to deal with people who have seriously threatened or harmed girlfriends, boyfriends, husbands, wives or neighbors.
For this reason, we urge potential clients to talk to an attorney before talking to the police. Have you been summoned to the police station to “explain” an incident that allegedly transpired between a family member, romantic partner, neighbor or other person close to you? Are you accused of making threatening or harassing phone calls or harassing someone by way of text messages, by fax or by any other form of communication?
Your opportunity is greatest before you have had that conversation with law enforcement. An experienced criminal defense lawyer is the best qualified spokesperson for you in this case.
The cost of hiring the wrong lawyer may be much greater than you imagine possible. Don’t take chances by waiting until it’s too late if you are accused of aggravated harassment or have been asked to explain questionable phone calls to the police. To schedule a free consultation with a lawyer at our Albany, Schenectady or New York City law office, call 866-642-3807 or email us directly.