When Stalking and Harassment is a Crime

Trespassing, Stalking and Harassment are three offenses (among others) that can be charged when someone will not take the hint to leave a person alone. Any of these charges can happen between strangers (or among those with whom each is familiar) when personal boundaries have been crossed to the point unsafe feelings emerge. In New Jersey, if these feelings occur when there is already a domestic relationship (husband/wife, dating situation, unwelcome presence etc.) they would constitute one of the elements needed for a Domestic Violence Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) to be issued. Once a TRO or a Final Restraining Order (FRO) is issued, any willful violation of the Civil RO would be Criminal Contempt of Court, punishable by up to 18 months in prison. If you feel you have been accused wrongly of crossing the line into the space of another forcing that person to seek action from the court, contact Howard Bailey at 973-982-1200 to discuss your case and the steps that need to be taken to protect your rights.

Howard W. Bailey, Esq.
550 Broad Street, Suite 601
Newark, NJ 07102

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