Harassing or Obscene Telephone Calls
- A fine of not more than $500, or
- Imprisonment for not more than 3 months, or
- Both such fine and imprisonment.
In order for the prosecution to convict a defendant for making harassing telephone calls or electronic communications, they must be able to prove the following two elements of the crime:
- The defendant either made telephone calls to, caused telephone calls to be made to, contacted by electronic communication, or caused contact by electronic communication to the alleged victim repeatedly (three of more times); and
- The defendants sole purpose in making or having telephone calls be made, or contacting or causing electronic communication to be made was either to harass, annoy, or molest the alleged victim or his or her family.
Under Section 14A of Ch. 269, a defendant may also be charged with making repeated and obscene telephone calls or electronic communications with the alleged victim if that person uses indecent or obscene language. In order for the prosecution to secure a guilty conviction for this offense, they must be able to prove the following two elements of the crime:
- The defendant made telephone calls to or contacted by electronic communications with the alleged victim repeatedly (three or more times); and
- In making those calls or electronic communications, the defendant used indecent and obscene language.
Determined Boston Area Harassment Attorney
No one deserves to experience the harmful effects of harassment. You should be free to live and work in a healthy and safe environment. If you feel you are experiencing harassment by telephone or electronic communication, get help. On the other hand, if you feel that the service of a restraining order, abuse prevention order, or criminal charge is unjust or inaccurate, please do not hesitate to contact us. Your rights can be asserted, but you must take the steps necessary to protect them. The Law Office of Patrick J. Murphy has 18 years of experienced in fighting for and protecting the rights of people that have been accused of Massachusetts harassment crimes. For a free and confidential assessment of you case, please call 617-367-0450 or completing the contact form on our website.