Legal Discussion: Stalking, Harrassment, and Massachusetts Law

Massachusetts has several laws dealing with unwanted, harassing contact. Criminal charges for Stalking, under M.G.L. ch. 265 s. 43 can result in a term in state prison of up to 5 years or a fine of up to $1,000. Criminal Harassment under M.G.L. ch. 43A carries a sentence of up to 2 ½ years in prison. Some forms of electronic communication, i.e. harassing email, text messaging, or Facebook messages can result in a fine of $500 or imprisonment for not more than 3 months, under the “Annoying telephone calls or electronic communication law,” codified at M.G.L. ch 269 s. 14A. It is possible to to obtain a Harassment Prevention Order against a perpetrator under M.G.L. ch 258E.

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One response to “Legal Discussion: Stalking, Harrassment, and Massachusetts Law

  1. Cheryl Razin

    My children and I have been stalked for 3+ years. Police and courts don’t take it very seriously, and we’re left very afraid and helpless. Here she is violating my protection order at 2am. Check out all my surveillance videos. I don’t understand how she is allowed to continue with no consequences. http://youtu.be/kx42gcJ9Q84

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