Some Colorado residents may be familiar with, “criminal harassment” charges, but, since this is a somewhat different charge than what some others might see in different states, it can require a bit of explanation. In essence, a criminal harassment charge can come up if a person harasses, annoys or alarms another person. Put simply, such a charge could encompass a wide-range of behavior or conduct.
This charge can commonly be at issue in domestic disputes of varying types, but particularly those between a husband and wife. However, these are not the only relationships in which a criminal harassment charge might arise. Disputes between boyfriends and girlfriends, and even just friends, can lead to a criminal harassment charge, especially if there is any type of physical touching, such as pushing or shoving. However, other conduct may be part of the charge as well, such as obscene gestures, insulting language or even conduct that might be commonly associated with stalking, such as driving by a person’s home frequently and calling them on the phone non-stop.
Facing any type of criminal charge can result in lasting damage for the defendant, but this type of charge on a criminal record check by an employer might look worse than, say, a DUI arrest. People might impute certain mental or personality defects to a person who is found guilty of criminal harassment.
As a result, Colorado residents who are facing this charge will need to be prepared to defend themselves. At our law firm, we help our clients do just that. For more information about how our law firm might be able to help, please visit the criminal harassment overview section of our website.