Our Denver law firm will protect you from harassment charges

Harassment, also known in Colorado as Kiana Arellano’s law, is a common charge because its broad definition can be applied to various conduct.  Almost a catch-all charge, it’s easy to accuse someone of harassment, and it’s easy for the government to prove.

Yell at me and it could be harassment; touch or push me– harassment.

Regardless of its simplicity, a harassment conviction can trigger significant consequences that jeopardize your freedom. Certain convictions may limit your ability to own firearms, require that you complete domestic violence counseling, prevent you from communicating with friends or family, or hurt your chances of landing a new job.

At Denver’s Law Office of Andres R. Guevara, our attorneys routinely represent clients charged with harassment in Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Denver, Douglas, Jefferson, and Weld County.  Armed with years of trial experience and respect from District Attorneys, our criminal defense lawyers work diligently to protect your rights and defend your freedom when facing a harassment charge.

Let our attorneys be your voice and your advocate if you’re accused of committing harassment here in Colorado.

Elements of Harassment Charges

A person commits harassment if, with intent to harass, annoy, or alarm another person, he or she:

  • Strikes, shoves, kicks, or otherwise touches a person or subjects him to physical contact
  • In a public place, directs obscene language or makes an obscene gesture to or at another person
  • Follows a person in or about a public place
  • Directly or indirectly initiates communication with a person or directs language toward another person, anonymously or otherwise, by telephone, telephone network, data network, text message, instant message, computer, computer network, computer system, or other interactive electronic medium in a manner intended to harass or threaten bodily injury or property damage, or makes any comment, request, suggestion, or proposal by telephone, computer, computer network, computer system, or other interactive electronic medium that is obscene
  • Makes a telephone call or causes a telephone to ring repeatedly, whether or not a conversation ensues, with no purpose of legitimate conversation
  • Makes repeated communications at inconvenient hours that invade the privacy of another and interfere in the use and enjoyment of another’s home, private residence, or other private property
  • Repeatedly insults, taunts, challenges, or makes communications in offensively coarse language to another in a manner likely to provoke a violent or disorderly response.

Penalties of Harassment in Colorado

Harassment is a class 3 misdemeanor punishable by jail or fine, but is a class 1 misdemeanor if it is committed because of someone’s actual or perceived race, color, religion, ancestry, or national origin. Additionally, once you are charged with harassment and served a protection order, you may be forced to move out of your home, abstain from consuming drugs and alcohol, and forfeit any legal firearms.

There could also be unforeseen consequences if you have a harassment charge on your record; employers routinely conduct background checks on all job applicants, and a harassment charge may be the difference between getting the job or not.

Let a lawyer be your voice

Talking to the police in an attempt to explain your way out of a bad situation is one of the biggest mistakes a person can make, especially when dealing with a harassment charge.

We cannot stress enough the importance of exercising your right to remain silent when interacting with the police. Once you make a statement to law enforcement, you may have unknowingly talked yourself into more trouble by making a case for the police.

Police are not counselors, and rarely will you help yourself by telling them your side of the story. In a “he said, she said” situation, it is best to remain silent and allow a knowledgeable attorney to speak on your behalf.

Violent Crimes FAQ

Harassment charges can be serious. Learn more on our Violent Crimes FAQs page.

Our attorneys will speak for you

The Law Office of Andres R. Guevara is prepared to protect your reputation and your future. Our experienced, aggressive trial attorneys have received numerous not guilty verdicts at trial and have had harassment charges dismissed altogether. Let us put our experience to work for you.

*Nothing on this site should be taken as legal advice for any individual case or situation. This information is not intended to create, and receipt or viewing does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship.