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Stalking and Harassment
In Kansas, harassment and stalking charges are taken very seriously, and aggressively prosecuted. Kansas stalking laws are relatively new and judges enforce them by the book in an effort to protect victims. If you are facing stalking or harassment charges in Kansas, it can have a huge impact on your reputation and your life. You face restraining orders against you, possible domestic violence related charges, and criminal prosecution, where a criminal charge can follow for life.
Whatever happened, whether a personal situation got out of hand, or is simply being blown out of proportion, a stalking or harassment charge is a serious challenge to your credibly, your reputation, and yes, your freedom. And most people will not be sympathetic.
But I will. My job is to fight for you, and defend you. As a defense attorney, my only concern is to challenge the criminal justice system, and get the best possible outcome for you, my client. And with charges like this, you need someone on your side. Someone who will not judge you, but work for you. Please contact me to find out what I can do to help.
Kansas Harassment Laws & Penalties
Under the statute, harassment specifically applies to communications over the telephone. Harassment occurs when the telephone is used for:
- obscene, lewd, lascivious, filthy or indecent communications,
- making a call with the intent to abuse, threaten or harass any person at the called number,
- making or causing the telephone of another repeatedly to ring, or
- repeatedly making calls to harass, whether or not a conversation ensues.
If you are charged with harassment over the telephone, you are facing Class A misdemeanor charges. This level of misdemeanor carries a potential sentence of 1 year in jail and fines of up to $2,500. If you allow another person to make harassing phone calls from your telephone you can also be charged with harassment over the telephone.
ref: Kansas Harassment Laws KSA 21-4113
Kansas Stalking Laws & Penalties
As defined by the statute, stalking is an intentional, malicious and repeated following or harassment of another person and putting them in fear for their safety. Stalking does not have to take place in person but can also be done over the phone, through the mail, emails, or other electronic means.
In most circumstances, stalking is a Level 10 person felony that carries up to 7 months in jail if you have no record. Any prior convictions elevate the potential sentence. If you have a prior history of stalking or harassment within the courts with the same alleged victim, your potential sentence jumps to a minimum 17 months in prison.
Until May of 2008, the defendant had to have made a “credible threat” to the alleged victim to be found guilty of stalking. This is no longer the case. Now if the stalking behavior buts the victim in reasonable fear of their safety, you can be charged and convicted of this serious felony.
ref: Kansas Stalking Laws KSA 21-3438
Free Legal Consultation on Criminal Stalking and Harassment Offenses
With recent developments in stalking laws designed to protect the alleged victim, it gets harder for the accused. If you are being accused of stalking, you may be under great amounts of stress and feel like you’re up against the world.
I know my way around the Kansas Courts and understand how the harassment and stalking laws are applied. Call me to discuss the specifics of your case. Together we can get you through this tough time. Call me today to discuss your case. (888) 439-4244
Attorney Mark Hagen