Bergenfield Harassment Defense Attorneys
In New Jersey, harassment charges can arise in a variety of circumstances, and many times, these allegations are a result of miscommunication or misunderstanding among the parties involved. In order to effectively protect your reputation, your criminal record, and ultimately, your future, it is essential to consult with a knowledgeable legal professional. The talented criminal defense attorneys at The Tormey Law Firm have accumulated a breadth of experience in the realm of criminal defense and drunk driving (DWI), which they harness every day on behalf of clients facing charges in Bergen County, NJ.
With offices centrally located in the Hackensack justice corridor, where the Hackensack Municipal Court, Bergen County Superior Court, and Bergen County Jail are just outside of our doors, we are passionate about fighting for our clients as they attempt to navigate the complex legal process. If you or someone you love has been charged with an offense such as harassment, stalking, DWI, or assault, we are readily available to assist you in taking the necessary steps to move on with your life.
Our clients, who face prosecution in courts throughout Bergen County, including Bergenfield, Carlstadt, and Ridgefield Park, place their confidence in our hands and we take this responsibility very seriously, refusing to provide any less than the best possible defense. Contact the offices of The Tormey Law Firm 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to find a legal advocate who truly prioritizes your needs. We can be reached at (201) 556-1750 for free consultations.
Harassment Charges in New Jersey: N.J.S.A. 2C:33-4
Under New Jersey Law, harassment offenses are governed by N.J.S.A. 2C:33-4, which mandates the following:
§ 2C:33-4. Harassment
Except as provided in subsection (e), a person commits a petty disorderly persons offense if, with purpose to harass another, he:
a. Makes, or causes to be made, a communication or communications anonymously or at extremely inconvenient hours, or in offensively coarse language, or any other manner likely to cause annoyance or alarm;
b. Subjects another to striking, kicking, shoving, or other offensive touching, or threatens to do so; or
c. Engages in any other course of alarming conduct or of repeatedly committed acts with purpose to alarm or seriously annoy such other person.
d. (Deleted by amendment, P.L. 2001, c. 443).
e. A person commits a crime of the fourth degree if, in committing an offense under this section, he was serving a term of imprisonment or was on parole or probation as the result of a conviction of any indictable offense under the laws of this State, any other state or the United States.
A communication under subsection a. may be deemed to have been made either at the place where it originated or at the place where it was received.
New Jersey Harassment Penalties
As indicated by the aforementioned statute, harassment is a criminal offense in New Jersey which can be classified as a fourth degree felony or petty disorderly persons offense. The difference between the grading of these charges is significant, as fourth degree crimes are adjudicated at the Superior Court in the county in which the alleged offense occurred, while petty disorderly persons offenses are heard in the local municipal court. Further, fourth degree crimes are punishable by up to 18 months of incarceration in New Jersey State Prison. On the other hand, petty disorderly persons offenses entail less severe penalties, which include a sentence to serve up to 90 days in the county jail and a maximum fine of $500.00.
Contact the Hackensack Office of The Tormey Law Firm for a Free Consultation
Many times, our skilled defense attorneys can negotiate for the downgrading of harassment charges to lesser, non-criminal offenses, which require the payment of a fine and will not result in a charge on your criminal record. For a free consultation about your Bergen County, NJ harassment case, contact the Hackensack offices of The Tormey Law Firm at (201)-330-4979. We are always available to provide a comprehensive assessment of your case and to outline your available legal options.