What actions constitute “harassment”?
New Jersey Statute 2C:33-4 sets forth the charge of harassment. That statute prohibits certain distinct conduct. First, it prohibits an individual from communicating with another person anonymously or at extremely inconvenient hours, in coarse language or in any other manner likely to cause annoyance or alarm. Second, the law prohibits an individual from striking, kicking or offensively touching or threatening to touch another person. Third, it forbids an individual from engaging in any other course of conduct or repeated acts for the purpose of alarming or seriously annoying another person. In addition, if a person charged with harassment was on probation or on parole at the time of the alleged harassment, N.J.S.A. automatically elevates the disorderly persons charge to a fourth degree offense. Similarly, a charge of harassment will be elevated from a disorderly persons offense to a fourth degree offense if the person charged with harassment was trying to intimidate an individual because of the individual’s race, color, religion, gender, handicap, sexual orientation or ethnicity.
What are the potential penalties for an individual found guilty of harassment?
Typically, the penalty for a disorderly person’s offense includes a fine up to $500 with a potential sentence up to 30 days in county jail. The penalty for a fourth degree conviction is much more serious; it may include a fine of up to $10,000 and a prison sentence of up to 18 months.
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