In general, harassment in its simplest form is defined as the unwanted pursuit of others. Many states have laws that prevent unwanted contact with strangers if that contact is threatening or dangerous. Sometimes the extra attention given to a current or former loved one can become an invasion of privacy. Harassment usually involves a pattern of behaviour in which the abuser makes the victim fear for their safety. Criminal harassment is generally understood as the unwanted persecution of another person. This can include anything from tracking a person or presenting at someone`s home or workplace, to harassing phone calls, text messages, or other objects. Even vandalism of a person`s property could fall under Wisconsin`s Harassment Act, which specifically defines crime as intentional behavior that a person knows will make a reasonable person fear for themselves or their family, and create that fear in the person`s target. Wisconsin also allows for a harsher penalty if the stalker targets a minor, collects information about their victim online, or uses a firearm. As in any criminal case, the prosecution must prove every element of the alleged crime. The prosecutor`s office must establish and prove that you participated in an intentional pattern (behavior) directed against the victim and that the victim actually felt fear of undesirable behavior. If the lawsuit does not prove all of this, you cannot be charged with harassment. There are online resources that offer more information about cyberbullying and tips for keeping yourself safe online: As you can see, harassment fees can cover a variety of actions and wreak havoc on your future.
If you face harassment charges, you should contact an experienced Milwaukee criminal defense attorney to help you fight these serious allegations. Wisconsin`s definition of harassment is deliberate behavior that occurs on two different occasions during a period of time when the alleged harasser realized that his or her advances were unwelcome. Some of the following otherwise legal behaviors may be used by a prosecutor to charge a person with the crime of harassment. It should be noted that the Wisconsin legislature expressly included in the law that the “laws” that define Wisconsin`s harassment law do not apply to acts and conduct protected by every person`s fundamental right to freedom of expression or peaceful assembly, or to labour disputes. TERMS USED IN THE WISCONSIN HARASSMENT ACT The person performing the acts is called the alleged “stalker”; The person against whom such acts are directed is, of course, supposed to be a “victim”. CRIMINAL HARASSMENT IN WISCONSIN – CRIME CATEGORIES Class I Regardless of whether the alleged stalker and the alleged victim have ever had contact other than two cases on the “actions” list, if all “criteria” are met, the alleged stalker can be charged with a Class I offense, which can result in a fine of up to $10,000. or imprisonment of up to 3 1/2 years, or both.