West Chester

Harassment Lawyer

If you or a loved one has been charged with harassment in southeastern Pennsylvania, now is the time to work with a qualified criminal defense attorney so that you can fight the allegations and get on with your life. As an experienced and dedicated defense attorney, Michael J. Skinner of the Skinner Law Firm, will draw from his previous harassment cases and take all of the relevant factors of your situation into account in order to develop a strong defense strategy.

Committed to providing excellent client service, along with favorable results, is Michael’s foremost goal and he will make sure and handle every aspect of your case personally to make sure you are given every opportunity to fight the allegations and come to a favorable outcome in terms of a reduction or dismissal of the charges.

Contact (610) 436-1410 to schedule a free and confidential consultation with Michael J. Skinner if you were charged with a harassment or any violent crime in and around the counties of Chester, Lancaster, Delaware or Montgomery.

Harassment in Pennsylvania

The definition of harassment under Pennsylvania law is quite broad, leading to many instances where the allegations need to be defended with the help of a criminal defense attorney. The possibility of erroneous or fabricated stories may lead to unjust and unfair charges being levied against you.

With this fact in mind, it is important to work closely with a Pennsylvania defense lawyer who understands the most effective ways in which to defend a harassment case. Considering the complexity and emotional elements of this issue, a knowledgeable attorney may be the difference between jail time and complete dismissal.

Pa. Cons. Stat. 2709 states that a person commits the crime of harassment when, with the intent to harass, annoy or alarm another, the person:

  • Strikes, shoves, kicks or otherwise subjects the other person to physical contact, or attempts or threatens to do the same;
  • Follows the other person in or about a public place or places;
  • Engages in a course of conduct or repeatedly commits acts which serve no legitimate purpose;
  • Communicates to or about such other person any lewd, lascivious, threatening or obscene words, language, drawings or caricatures;
  • Communicates repeatedly in an anonymous manner;
  • Communicates repeatedly at extremely inconvenient hours.

Harassment Penalties

As for the penalties, the first three instances in the bulleted list above (strikes, follows, engages) shall constitute a summary offense that comes with a presumptive sentence of up to 90 days in prison and up to $200 in fines.

For the last three instances in the bulleted list above (communicates), shall constitute a misdemeanor in the third degree, which comes with a presumptive sentence of up to 90 days in jail and/or fines of up to $5000.

Chester County Harassment Lawyer

With allegations such as harassment, taking immediate action should be a priority. With this in mind, working with an effective criminal defense attorney will put you on the right path to keep from dealing with the negative consequences that come with a harassment conviction.

Michael J. Skinner will make every effort to help you avoid the most serious repercussions and consequences for the harassment charges against you. Contact the Skinner Law Firm at (610) 436-1410 or send an online message to schedule a free consultation to discuss the specifics of your case.