Feeling abused or threatened by those close to you probably makes you feel helpless, betrayed, or even angry. Because that other person is crossing boundaries you are not comfortable with, it can put you in an awkward situation, especially when it becomes necessary to get a lawyer involved.
On the other hand, you also need an attorney if you have been accused of sending threats or harassing someone. In either case, it is important to know the consequences for one who has committed such acts, and how an attorney can help your case. When you’re involved with one of these cases in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, area and beyond, you will know what to do and how you can do it with my help.
Know the Difference
Threatening an individual is the act of communicating an intent to inflict harm, whether physical or otherwise, on another. You can be charged with a crime by threatening to do any of the following:
- Use a deadly weapon on another person
- Injure another’s person or property
- Injure another’s reputation
It is a federal offense to use the mail to transmit threatening communications or threatening to harm the president. In addition, using intimidation as a strategy for collecting unpaid debt is held under unlawful communication, and you may be prosecuted for extortion. These threats do not fall under an individual’s First Amendment right to free speech.
“Harassment” can refer to many behaviors inflicted on one person by another. There are many different categories of harassment, including civil, criminal, stalking, menacing, and cyberstalking. In the United States, the most common victims of cyberstalking are women between the ages of 18-29, but over 40% of stalking victims are men, according to a Rutgers University and University of Pennsylvania study.