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New York City Harassment Defense Lawyer

Suffolk County Harassment Defense Lawyer

Defense Attorney for Clients Accused of Harassing or Threatening Acts in Manhattan, the Bronx, and Queens

New York law makes a distinction between acts that are rude or obnoxious but not illegal, and illegal acts of harassment. To qualify as harassment, a person must act with the intent to harass, annoy, or alarm another person. Harassment charges are often related to a hostile break-down in a relationship, but can also stem from an incident between strangers.

Watford Jackson, PLLC has deep experience and a track record of success in defending clients accused of harassment. Attorneys Joey Jackson and Gregory J. Watford have over 45 years of combined experience in the practice of criminal law in New York City. You can count on us to provide the sound legal advice and aggressive defense you need to prevail in your case.

Is Harassment a Minor or Serious Crime in New York City?

New York penal law defines four levels of harassment, all of which require an intent to harass, annoy, or alarm another person.

Even a misdemeanor harassment conviction can result in jail time or restrictive probation conditions, and it will leave you with a criminal record that will show up on background checks.

Watford Jackson will provide the legal guidance you need to deal with any of these charges:

  • Harassment in the second degree occurs when you make physical contact with another person or when you attempt or threaten to do so; this includes acts such as striking, shoving, and kicking. It also occurs if you engage in certain other minor acts which may be alarming but do not generate serious fear of harm. This is only a violation, which does not go on your criminal record.
  • Harassment in the first degree occurs when you commit multiple acts of harassment that place another person in reasonable fear of physical injury. This is a class B misdemeanor.
  • Aggravated harassment in the second degree occurs when you communicate a specific threat of harm to another person via telephone, mail, electronic, or other means, knowing that this will cause the other person to reasonably fear that the threat will be carried out; or when a physical altercation is motivated by race, religion, or the like; or when a physical altercation results in injury. This is a class A misdemeanor.
  • Aggravated harassment in the first degree occurs if you damage religious premises, set a cross on fire, or deface property with Nazi symbols or noose images. This is a class E felony.

When does harassment become a crime? Making a few late-night hang-up calls is just rude. Calls or text messages full of angry and offensive statements could lead to a charge of second degree harassment. Serious threats that the victim reasonably believes would be carried out could result in a charge of aggravated harassment in the second degree.

The Difference Between Harassment, Stalking, and Assault in New York

Harassment charges typically result from a single incident, while stalking charges require a pattern of conduct occurring over a period of time. Harassment may involve some physical contact with the victim, such as a shove, slap, or kick, but it falls short of the more serious charge of assault, which requires actual injury to another person resulting from recklessness, criminal negligence, or intent to cause physical injury.

NYC Defense Lawyers Who Will Protect You

Whatever the charges against you, the attorneys at Watford Jackson will investigate the specific circumstances of your case and work to get those charges reduced or even dismissed. With our exceptional skill and dedication, we will build the strongest possible case in your defense. Contact our Manhattan office at 855-WAT-JACK or 855-928-5225. We handle cases in Brooklyn, the Bronx, Manhattan, Queens, Nassau County, Rockland County, Suffolk County, and Westchester County.

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