The Nevada Revised Statutes contain clear descriptions of what constitutes harassment:
Anyone without lawful authority who threatens to cause bodily injury to someone, to cause physical damage to someone’s property, to subject the person threatened or anyone else to confinement or restraint, or to do any act which is intended to do substantial harm to the person threatened, or by words or conduct places the person receiving the threat in reasonable fear that the threat will be carried out is guilty of a misdemeanor on the first offense and a gross misdemeanor on the second and any subsequent offenses.
Stalking typically follows a pattern of harassment, and carries a different set of penalties as it is a more serious offense. Anyone without lawful authority who willfully or maliciously engages in a course of conduct causing a reasonable person to feel terrorized, frightened, intimidated, harassed or fearful for the immediate safety of family or a household member commits the crime of stalking. For the first offense the crime will be judged as a misdemeanor, with any future occurrence dealt with as a gross misdemeanor.
Additional penalties can be applied. Stalking combined with threats to cause the person stalked to be in fear of death or substantial bodily harm will be deemed aggravated stalking. This will be adjudicated as a category B felony with imprisonment and possible fines applied to the final sentence. Using the Internet or a network site, electronic mail, text messaging or any similar means of communication to publish, display, or distribute information in a manner that increases the risk of harm or violence to the victim will be dealt with as a category C felony with potential maximum penalties applied. Depending upon the seriousness of the stalking charges, additional criminal penalties can be applied to the sentences. Victims may also seek other legal remedies from the perpetrator, not only in civil court but also for court orders to restrict a person’s access to work site, home, school, or other places the victim may frequent.
Our personal space must be protected. Relationships succeed and fail, business partners fall out, even our current complex political situation leads to challenging situations—and in its own way our digital age has made our lives easier but simultaneously much more complicated and open to harassment and stalking by cyber bullies. But the law protects our rights in all these areas.
If you find yourself in this situation in the Las Vegas valley or surrounding cities, you need the best legal representation you can get. I am an expert in this type of law and can give you the help you need. Learn more about harassment law here and please call me now to assist you at 702-383-0090.
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Douglas C. Crawford, Esq.