Edison NJ Harassment Lawyer
Criminal and Restraining Order Attorneys in Middlesex County, New Jersey
If you or your loved one has been arrested for and charged with harassment, then you are now subject to serious penalties in the event that you are found guilty. These include court ordered counseling, mandatory probation, a criminal record, and even a stint in county jail. The services that an experienced criminal defense lawyer who has a proven track record of success can provide often make the difference between guilty and not guilty. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Proetta & Oliver are dedicated to defending clients against criminal charges including harassment, as well as restraining orders that may arise in connection with harassment charges.
Founding attorney, Will Proetta Esq., has handled well over 1,000 cases during his career. He prides himself and his firm on working closely with our clients throughout each stage of the case, keeping them informed of the various steps and knowledgeable about their defense. We represent clients who have been charged with harassment throughout Middlesex County and the surrounding area, including in Helmetta, South Brunswick, Edison, Dunellen, South River, Old Bridge, and Piscataway. Call us today at (732) 659-9600 for a free consultation with a Middlesex County criminal lawyer who will answer your regarding your case and potential representation.
Harassment Defense Lawyer in Piscataway NJ
In New Jersey, a harassment charge is classified as a petty disorderly persons offense. Such an offense is handled in municipal court with appropriate jurisdiction. If you are found guilty of petty disorderly persons offense, you can face up to 30 days in county jail. Harassment is often seen in domestic violence cases and accompanied by companion charges such as Simple Assault or Terroristic Threats and can even be the basis for a Final Restraining Order. A passage of the New Jersey statute for harassment N.J.S.A. 2C:33-4 has been provided for your convenience below.
New Jersey Harassment Law N.J.S.A. 2C:33-4
The statute in pertinent part provides:
A person commits a petty disorderly persons offense if, with purpose to harass another, he:
a. 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;
b. Subjects another to striking, kicking, shoving, or other offensive touching, or threatens to do so; or
c. Engages in any other course of alarming conduct or of repeatedly committed acts with purpose to alarm or seriously annoy such other person.
A communication under subsection a. may be deemed to have been made either at the place where it originated or at the place where it was received.
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Harassment pertains to private annoyances, which is in contrast to the offense of Disorderly Conduct, which is limited to general disturbances and public annoyance. One of the key factors that the state’s prosecutors must identify in order to prove that harassment has occurred is that the defendant did it with the purpose, or intent, to harass the victim. New Jersey case law has held that profane language, in and of itself, is not enough to prove the requisite intent that must be shown to prove harassment. Harassment cases can be complicated. When such serious consequences exist, it is always strongly recommended that you seek out and retain professional representation from an experienced Middlesex County harassment defense attorney. Contact our Edison Office to speak with a lawyer to design a customized case strategy to meet your needs at (732) 659-9600.