Aggravated Harassment Charges in NYC

New York City Criminal Defense Lawyer

Under New York Penal Code §240.30, charges can be filed of aggravated harassment when it is believed that an individual has used a phone, mail, internet or any other communications system in such a way that the recipient is either annoyed or alarmed, or is contacting another person without any legitimate reason. If you have been accused of this crime, a conviction can lead to some very serious consequences.

What Is Aggravated Harassment?

An individual can also be charged with this serious offense when it is believed that the accused person hit, shoved, struck or other physical contact or threatened to do so based upon another person's:

  • Religion
  • Race
  • Country of origin
  • Ancestry
  • Gender
  • Age
  • Disability
  • Sexual orientation

These offenses are often termed "hate crimes" and are heavily punished under state law. If you or your loved one has been arrested and is accused of aggravated harassment, it is critical that you contact a New York City criminal attorney from H. Benjamin Perez & Associates, P.C. without delay. Our early involvement in the case can be highly beneficial with regard to the opportunity to get the charges either dismissed or reduced.

Harassing phone calls or using the internet to "stalk" another person is considered a form of aggravated harassment. If you are facing charges and are accused of this crime, it is absolutely critical that you get defense counsel working for you without delay. The consequences of a conviction could include a restraining order that restricts you from entering your own home, as well as resulting in an immediate arrest should you be found to be violating the order. Our firm is very familiar with addressing these charges in criminal court, and will act fast to identify the best course of action to help you.


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