Chicago Harassment and Obscene Communications Defense Attorneys
Were you accused of harassment? Talk to the attorneys at Mitchell S. Sexner & Associates LLC today by calling (312) 644-0444.
Harassment accusations can be based on many different communication channels, from emails and social media postings, to phone calls. With the advent of social media and the popularity of texting, staying in touch with others is now easier than ever. However, according to the Pew Research Center, around four-out-of-every-ten Americans personally experienced online harassment. 62% consider it a major problem and many are urging lawmakers and online companies to do even more.
Anyone who makes repeated attempts to contact another while intentionally trying to cause someone pain or distress can be classified as a harasser. Illinois has passed a number of new laws within the last 10 years to try to cover all bases of communication. Being accused of harassment or obscene communication can be damaging to your reputation. If you are facing these kinds of allegations, the Chicago harassment and obscene communications lawyers of Mitchell S. Sexner & Associates LLC can help you clear your name. Contact us at (312) 644-0444 to speak with an experienced, elite Chicago attorney today.
Harassment By Telephone
A person may be charged with such a crime if they intentionally:
- Make indecent suggestions or make obscene requests over the phone
- Make a call intending to threaten or harass someone over the phone
- Cause the phone to repeatedly ring with an intent to harass
- Making repeated phone calls and making conversation solely to harass the recipient
- Knowingly making a phone call and harassing another person under the age of 13, even with their consent
- Knowingly allowing your phone to be used for any of the above purposes
Harassment Through Electronic Communications
Illinois law defines harassment as a crime when someone uses a form of electronic communication, like texts, emails, and voicemails, to:
- Make an obscene request, suggestion, or proposal
- Interrupting someone’s phone or electronic service with the intention of harassment
- Sending a file or document that prevents someone from using their phone or electronics, whether or not the file is read entirely
- Provoking another person under the age of 13 to send any electronic communications, regardless of whether they consent to the harassment
- Threatening to hurt a person or their property via electronic communications
- Knowingly allowing your electronic devices to be used for any of the above-mentioned harassment
What are Obscene Communications or Messages?
This is when someone sends messages over phones or other electronics that are obscene or lewd and are intended to offend the recipient. This includes sending inappropriate texts, pictures, or sending indecent messages on social media like Facebook.
Contact an Experienced Chicago Attorney Today
If you or a loved one are charged with online, electronic or telephone harassment, you should call an attorney to get you the legal protection you require. It’s usually a good idea to keep some evidence of the communications. We will need to look at this information and analyze all available electronic communications, just as the prosecution will also want to determine whether they were of a harassing nature.
The attorneys at Mitchell S. Sexner & Associates LLC will fight aggressively to protect your rights. We know these situations can cause a lot of mental distress, so we offer a free, no-obligation initial consultation to determine how to proceed with your case. Your first meeting can be arranged at one of our convenient office locations including Arlington Heights and Chicago. Call us at (800) 996-4824 or fill out an online form to get started right away.