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Indiana Harassment Defense Attorney

If you were arrested or charged with harassment of a spouse, roommate, or another individual, do not hesitate to contact The Criminal Defense Team of Baldwin Perry & Wiley PC. Our Indiana harassment defense attorneys could represent you in your case and provide the defense you need to fight the charges you face.

Harassment is a form of domestic battery that involves continued or repeated contact with another person that causes emotional distress. There doesn’t have to be bodily harm or physical contact for you to be arrested for harassment. If the victim becomes emotionally affected by the incident, you could face criminal charges.

At The Criminal Defense Team, our Indiana harassment defense attorneys understand the personal, financial, and legal ramifications you can face if convicted of the crime. Harassment is a severe offense with harsh penalties, including a prison sentence. Following an arrest for harassment, you might worry about how it will affect your family, job, and reputation. The consequences can negatively impact every part of your life.

You can depend on our Indiana domestic battery defense lawyers to protect your rights and fight by your side throughout your case. We will develop a legal strategy to try to get the charges against you reduced, or the case dismissed entirely. We will be the advocate you need during this challenging time in your life. Call The Criminal Defense Team today to get started on your journey.

Call The Criminal Defense Team at (317) 687-8326 for your free consultation and learn more about what we can do to secure your freedom and future.

What Is Harassment?

According to Indiana statute 35-42-2-1.3, domestic battery occurs when a person intentionally or knowingly:

  • Places waste or bodily fluid on a member of the family or household in a matter considered insolent, rude, or angry; or
  • Touches a household or family member in an angry, rude, or insolent manner.

Harassment is a type of offense that falls under the category of domestic battery. According to Indiana statute 35-45-10-2, harassment is continuing or repeated impermissible contact that would cause emotional distress to a reasonable person and actually causes the victim emotional distress.

Harassment can take various forms, including but not limited to:

  • Verbal Harassment: This includes using derogatory language, threats, insults, or offensive remarks to intimidate or demean the victim.
  • Physical Harassment: This involves physical actions intended to intimidate, harm, or violate the personal space of the victim, such as pushing, shoving, hitting, or blocking their path.
  • Sexual Harassment: This encompasses unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal, non-verbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature that creates a hostile or offensive environment.
  • Stalking: Stalking involves a pattern of unwanted and obsessive attention or contact that makes the victim feel fearful or unsafe. This can include following the victim, surveillance, repeatedly showing up at their home or workplace, or sending unwanted gifts or messages.
  • Cyber Harassment (Cyberbullying): This form of harassment occurs online or through electronic communication channels. It includes sending threatening or abusive messages, spreading rumors or lies about the victim, impersonating the victim, or sharing private or intimate information without consent.
  • Emotional or Psychological Harassment: Emotional or psychological harassment involves behaviors aimed at causing emotional distress, humiliation, or manipulation. This can include gaslighting, manipulation, constant criticism, or isolating the victim from friends and family.
  • Discriminatory Harassment: Discriminatory harassment involves targeting an individual based on their race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, disability, or other protected characteristics. It can include derogatory remarks, exclusion, or differential treatment based on these characteristics.
  • Workplace Harassment: Workplace harassment occurs in a professional setting and can include any of the aforementioned forms of harassment. It may involve actions by supervisors, co-workers, or clients that create a hostile work environment or interfere with an individual’s ability to perform their job.

Proving harassment begins with showing the defendant and victim have a special relationship. The parties involved in a special relationship can include:

  • Spouses or former spouses
  • Co-parents
  • Children
  • Roommate or another member of the household
  • Parent, guardian, or foster parent
  • Intimate partners
  • Family members

If you have been charged with harassment, be sure to call the team of Indiana harassment defense lawyers at The Criminal Defense Team for Board-Certified* level legal assistance.