Harassment charges in Douglas, Arapahoe, and Denver County require the aid of a criminal defense lawyer. This statute is very broad and covers a multitude of alleged offenses. When you are charged with striking someone (especially if it is Domestic Violence), saying a bad word to a cop, or calling someone repeatedly at odd hours of the night, you must speak with an attorney before speaking with the cops.
Harassment Definition and Elements
In Parker, Highlands Ranch, and Lone Tree, Harassment is charged for shoving or touching, following a person, cursing at a person or threatening someone over the phone. If order to form a criminal act, these aspects of the statute must be completed while you have the intent to harass, annoy, or alarm the other person.
Harsher Sentences for Harassment Don’t Make Sense
In Douglas County Courts and the 18th Judicial District, the District Attorneys are punishing defendants more severely. The maximum punishment for the crime of Harassment in Jefferson, Adams, and Broomfield County is up to 9 months in jail and up to and $750.00 fine. The lawyers for the government are now pushing for harsher sentences. This includes longer periods of jail when the case involves Domestic Violence. The District Attorneys are pushing these punishments even though the Domestic Violence sentence enhancer does not necessitate jail in the statute.
Free Speech is Ignored in Some Harassment Charges
The biggest problem that I see is when the police in Castle Rock, Larkspur, and Elizabeth try and charge a person for using foul language in public. You would think that a police officer, sworn to uphold the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of Colorado, would understand the nature of a little protection we like to call “Free Speech”. Unfortunately, the police think that protection does not exist in many cases – especially if you hurt their feelings by your words. As attorneys who fight for the Constitution and your rights, we combat these ridiculous charges with a jury in the courthouse.
You have to protect your rights. As criminal attorneys, we know how to win these cases. We understand how to beat the government’s evidence and defeat their arguments by using the Constitutional protections our founding fathers believed in. Contact our criminal defense lawyers to fight for you against any charges of Harassment you may be facing.
So, if you or a loved one have been charged with Harassment in Douglas County, be smart, exercise your right to remain silent, and call the experienced Harassment attorneys at the O’Malley Law Office, P.C., at 303-731-0719. Together, we can protect your future.