Harassment can be charged as either a misdemeanor or felony in Wisconsin. It’s important that you have a criminal defense attorney on your side, looking out for your best interests while facing any criminal conviction. Harassment is often charged in domestic violence situations. The addition of domestic violence penalties makes hiring an experienced criminal defense attorney even more important. We’ve defended harassment cases. Our defense attorneys would like to talk to you about yours. Contact defense firm Meyer Van Severen, at (414) 270-0202.
Harassment is defined according to different punishment levels. The offense, and those penalties, along with definitions are found in section 947.013 of the Wisconsin Statutes.
The offense is a Class B misdemeanor if, with intent to harass or intimidate another person, does any of the following:
Harassment is a Class A misdemeanor if the Class B misdemeanor offense is committed in the following circumstances:
Harassment is a Class I felony if the above-referenced Class A misdemeanor offense is committed, if the defendant has a prior harassment or stalking conviction involving the same victim. Finally, the new offense must be committed within 7 years of the prior conviction to count as a felony.
It’s a Class H felony if the defendant intentionally gains access to a record in electronic format that contains personally identifiable information regarding the victim in order to facilitate the harassment.
There’s one final way the offense can be charged as a Class H felony. All of the following must occur:
First, it’s not harassment if the conduct is in regard to a labor dispute. This built-in protection allows for things like individuals striking in employment situations. If you’ve been charged based on something involving a labor dispute, call us immediately. Assuming your conduct does not qualify as some other crime, you shouldn’t be facing a conviction.
Otherwise there are a variety of ways to win a harassment case. It’s important to recognize that harassment cases involve the defendant and another person. That other person is often another member of the community. Usually not a cop. Sometimes somebody you’ve had a relationship with. Humans have credibility issues, and a good defense attorney is going to bring those credibility issues up. If those credibility issues cause the fact finder (judge or jury) to disbelieve that witness, you may have just won your case.
Matthew R. Meyer and Benjamin T. Van Severen have defended harassment cases. If you’d like an experienced Wisconsin defense attorney on your team, contact us now. Phones are answered 24/7 at (414) 270-0202. If you’re serious about your case, contact defense law firm Meyer Van Severen, S.C. to discuss your case.