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What Constitutes as Harassment in Arizona?

Under ARS §13-2921, a person commits intentional, knowledgeable harassment if the person:

  • Anonymously or blatantly harasses another person by contacting, communicating or initiating a line of communication through verbal, electronic, mechanical, telegraphic or written means
  • Persistent in following another person in or about a public place for no apparent reason after being asked to stop
  • Consistently committing an act or acts which harass another person
  • Keeping surveillance on another person, or causing another person to surveil another person, for no apparent reason
  • Creating a false report to law enforcement, credit or social service agency on more than one occasion
  • Interfering with the delivery of any public or regulated utility to a person
  • Harassment also occurs when a person intends to “get even” with a public officer or employee by filing a consensual lien against them for no legitimate reason.

What are the Penalties for Harassment?

Harassment is typically a class 1 misdemeanor and punishable by up to a year in jail and fines up to $2,500. Part of the consequences for being convicted with harassment is putting in place an order of protection, so that both parties will remain separate.

If the harassment involves a government official, along with the filing of non-authorized liens, it can be considered a class 5 felony. A first offense class 5 felony is punishable by up to a year in jail or two and a half years in prison.

Aggravated harassment, stemming from an order of protection violation or being charged with harassment after previously convicted of domestic violence offenses, can result in a year and half prison sentence. Stalking someone by causing fear for another person’s safety (along with the safety of their family) can result in three and a half years in prison. Because harassment charges can carry such severe punishments, it is important to acquire legal assistance from our expert Scottsdale criminal defense lawyer, Ryan M. Garvey.

Let Us Seek the Justice You Deserve

Don’t let harassment charges permanently damage your reputation and your life. Our East Valley legal team is capable of conducting our own investigation of the facts of your case in order to obtain exculpatory evidence, which can be used in your favor. With twenty years of legal experience and an excellent record or success, the Sonoran Law Group is prepared to protect your rights in a court of law. We serve clients in Chandler, Gilbert, Glendale, Mesa, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe, Maricopa County & surrounding areas.

Contact our Scottsdale harassment defense attorney Ryan M. Garvey by calling (480) 477-8040 today.