New Jersey Harassment Law – N.J.S.A. 2C:33-4
N.J.S.A. 2C:33-4, the New Jersey Harassment Law, sets forth the scenarios under which an individual may be convicted. Based thereon, an individual may generally be found guilty of harassment charges in Union County if: (1) he causes communications to be made anonymously, during extremely inconvenient hours, or while using offensive language; (2) subjects an individual to striking, kicking, shoving or other offensive touching, or threatens to do so; or (3) engages in alarming conduct or actions of a repetitive nature that are intended to alarm or seriously annoy. A harassment charge is typically a disorderly persons offense prosecuted in municipal court. Harassment can also, however, grade up to a Fourth Degree felony offense at the Union County Superior Court where the accused is already on probation or parole on another indictable charge.
The harassment statute is somewhat unclear in terms of what specific actions or words qualify as violations. There is no magic list of bad words or conduct set forth in the statute. The determination of whether harassment has occurred therefore comes down to an objective standard of what is too much under the particular facts and circumstances of the parties. Irrespective, an individual must possess an intent to harassment. The utterance of offensive language alone will not typically give rise to harassment under N.J.S.A. 2C:33-4.
Arrested or Charged with Harassment under N.J.S.A. 2C:33-4 in Union County?
The Court in New Jersey take incidents of harassment very seriously. There are no gifts from prosecutors in any Union County municipal courts or the Superior Court when it comes to a harassment complaint. It is therefore important that individuals subject to harassment charges consult an experienced Union County harassment defense lawyer. You will find this level of expertise at the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall. The firm includes not one but seven lawyers who have been handling harassment cases in NJ for a collective 100+ years. Our firm includes three former prosecutors with 20+ years of prosecutorial experience, and we are proud of the great relationships we maintain with judges, prosecutors, and attorneys throughout Union County. A lawyer from the firm is available 24/7 for a free initial consultation at 1-800-289-3178.
Harassment Defense Lawyers Near Cranford, Elizabeth, and Springfield, NJ
While harassment charges are often vigorously prosecuted, the truth is that the lawyers at the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall are successful in avoiding conviction in a significant majority of cases. If you are seeking legal advice or the assistance of a Union County attorney who handles harassment cases, the attorneys at the firm can be reach anytime 24/7 at 1-800-289-3178.
The Law Offices of Jonathan Marshall, 123 North Avenue, Cranford, New Jersey 07016, defend individuals arrested or charged with harassment in Union County Superior Court and in the municipal courts of Clark, Cranford, Elizabeth, Kenilworth, Roselle, Roselle Park, Linden, Rahway, Summit, Mountainside, Scotch Plains, Berkeley Heights, Fanwood, Westfield, Springfield, Union, Hillside, Garwood, Plainfield and New Providence.