Harassment is a criminal offense as per the penal code. Depending on your case, it can also be charged as a Class B misdemeanor and even Class A if the harasser is already an ex-convict or they are found to be engaging in acts that violate the temporary restraining order.
If your ex-spouse is harassing you during the divorce, consult Karp & lancu,S.C.
When can you press harassment charges during a divorce?
An individual can face harassment charges during the divorce if he is found to be doing the following acts:
- Starting a conversation with the other spouse and making obscene or demeaning remarks, suggestions, requests, etc.
- Giving threats about harming their spouse or inflicting bodily pain on them or their family members.
- Giving threats about harming or vandalizing their property.
- Making false reports to another spouse regarding injuries or death of someone else.
- Making repetitive phone calls with an anonymous identity and ringing their phone constantly causing harassment, annoyance, or embarrassment to the other spouse
- Letting someone else operate their cellular device causes harassment to the other spouse.
- Sending repetitive texts or emails that contain disturbing or annoying content.
- Publishing personal conversations with their spouse on websites or social sites can torment them and cause emotional anguish.
Courts often grant temporary restraining orders during divorce proceedings when the divorcing couples have too much anger and resentment. They are ordered to remain away from each other due to their communication differences and conflicting stances. If any spouse fails to uphold the order granted by the court, they will be faced with a harassment charge.
Harassment is a serious issue, and no matter how much resentment you have against your partner, you should never resort to harassing or intimidating them. Along with that, it is necessary to keep in mind that even if you think your actions are not intimidating, they can be perceived as such by the other party. Be very careful about communicating with your spouse after a divorce to avoid complications.
How A Harassment Charge May Impact Your Divorce Settlement?
Divorce is a challenging process. A harassment charge complicates the matter even more.
If you are convicted of a harassment charge can permanently stain your criminal records. It causes several difficulties in your life as well as the divorce process. You will face issues in getting employment, and you can get excluded from your community. The harassment conviction can also lead to the issuance of a protective order.