Minnesota Restraining/ Harassment Orders Lawyer
Harassment can occur anytime, anywhere. If you have been accused or arrested for harassment, you could be looking at a gross misdemeanor crime punishable by up to one year in prison and a $3,000 fine.
A Minnesota Criminal Lawyer can help you understand the various harassment laws
There are a number of crimes that has been grouped under the term ‘harassment’ including the following:
- Directly or indirectly manifest a purpose or intent to injure the person, property, or rights of another by the commission of an unlawful act
- Stalking, following, monitoring, or pursuing another, whether in person or through technological or other means.
- Single incident of physical or sexual assault
- Repeated incidents of intrusive or unwanted acts, words or gestures that have a substantial adverse effect or are intended to have a substantial adverse effect on the safety, security or privacy of another, regardless of the relationship between petitioner and the alleged harasser
- Targeted residential picketing
- A pattern of attending public events after being notified that one’s presence is harassing to another
- Returning to the property of another if the person is without claim of right to the property or consent of one with authority to consent
- Repeatedly makes telephone calls, or induces a victim to make telephone calls to the person, whether or not conversation ensues
- Making or causing a telephone of another repeatedly or continuously to ring
- Repeatedly mailing or delivering or causing the delivery by any means, including electronically, of letters, telegrams, messages, packages, or other objects
- Knowingly making false allegations against a peace officer concerning the officer’s performance of official duties with intent to influence or tamper with the officer’s performance of official duties.
A Minnesota Harassment Lawyer Can Help
If you are facing a restraining order or harassment conviction, you will lose more than your right to see or speak to that person. You could also be looking at jail time, fines and a loss of the right to firearm possession.
In some instances, a harassment crime may be considered a felony offense and punishable by up to five years or to payment of a fine of not more than $10,000 if the act is motivated by the victim’s or another’s actual or perceived race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, or national origin. You could also be looking at a felony offense if there is a gun involved in the harassment or if the incident is classified as sexual harassment.
Accused of Harassment? Don’t Risk it – Contact Judith Samson, Criminal Defense Lawyer Right Away!
Harassment and restraining orders are typically handled through the District Court and are considered civil orders. However, this does not mean you should attempt to fight for your legal rights alone. An experienced Minnesota harassment lawyer will be able to assess your case and determine your best legal defense. You do not want to risk your criminal record and your reputation on a harassment conviction. For sound legal advice and a free initial consultation, contact Judith Samson, Minnesota Criminal Lawyer at 612-333-8001.