The Virginia law states that any person who uses obscene, vulgar, profane, or indecent language or threatens any illegal or immoral act with intent to coerce, intimidate, or harass any person on a telephone or through a text message is a guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. (Code of Virginia § 18.2-427).
What is Harassment?
Harassment is generally an unwanted behavior which is meant to violate the dignity of a person or leads to threatening, aggressive, humiliating, degrading or disgusting situation. It may be done by a single individual or a group of people. It is an act which causes fear of safety and anxiety
Virginia laws entail that the activity that leads to a considerable amount of fear to a person or his family is considered as a criminal activity and the person causing this is punishable for this act of harassment.
Why do you need to get a Harassment Restraining Order?
A harassment restraining order is a legal order which is for protection of an individual from hostility, stalking, serious harassment, or threats of violence. This restricts a person from direct or indirect contact. The duration of the restraining order may be from 3 days of issuance for an up to a maximum of two years. Before expiration a request for a hearing to extend the restraining order can be filed. No fee is charged for filing a restraining order in Virginia.
Types of Harassment punished under the Virginia Law
Publishing name, photograph, personal identification number (PIN), driver’s license number, address, credit or debit card number with the intention of harassment is unlawful and leads to the Class Misdemeanor I, Class 6 felony if the victim is a law enforcement officer.
Sending or selling naked pictures with the intention of harassment is a Class 1 misdemeanor.
Class 1 misdemeanor also includes a prank telephone call or vulgar language or immoral act.
A call, or text message to a person with the intention of annoyance or other person who allows his phone to be used for annoyance is guilty of a Class 3misdemeanor. (Code of Virginia § 18.2-429)
A call to an emergency response telephone, like fire brigade, police or emergency medical service, with the intention of annoyance or delaying of services, is a Class 1 misdemeanor. (Code of Virginia § 18.2-429)
Use of computer network with the intention of harassment or use of vulgar or threatening language is a Class 1 misdemeanor. (Code of Virginia § 18.2-152.7:1)
If you have been harassed or if any member of your family or in the surrounding is being harassed, advise them to break the silence and take action to stop the harassment. Apply for the Harassment Restraining Order today. A group of professional and experienced attorney and lawyer of SRIS Law group are available to help you stop harassment and take legal action right away.
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