Portland Harassment Lawyers
In Oregon, harassment of another individual is sometimes considered to be a criminal offense, and the Portland harassment attorneys at Castleberry & Elison, P.C., understand that this can be a difficult criminal charge to face. Numerous actions can be labeled as harassment by law enforcement officials, including engaging in offensive physical contact, insulting someone with the intent of provoking a violent reaction, or threatening another person with physical harm through an electronic or telephone message. A person accused of committing these or any other form of harassment may face serious criminal penalties as a result.
If you or someone you know has been charged with criminal harassment, it is important that you have effective legal representation to assist you in defending yourself against this damaging accusation. Contact the Portland harassment attorneys of Castleberry & Elison, P.C., today at 503-223-0011 to discuss the details of your situation with a qualified member of our legal team and learn more about your rights and options under the law.
Penalties for Harassment
In most situations, harassment is a Class B misdemeanor under Oregon’s criminal code. Individuals who are convicted of committing harassment may face the following penalties:
- Up to 6 months in jail
- Up to $2500 in fines
In addition, a number of aggravating factors can increase the criminal penalties for a harassment charge, including the presence of a restraining order or a prior conviction for the same offense.
Unfortunately, because of the vagueness of Oregon’s harassment laws, innocent individuals may be accused of a crime they did not commit. If you or someone you know has been charged with harassment, contact the Portland harassment lawyers of Castleberry & Elison, P.C., today at 503-223-0011.