In Boulder and across Colorado, people can face allegations for crimes that can lead to jail time, fines and more. One of the most difficult on a personal and legal level is when a person is accused of harassment. In today’s climate, there is greater sensitivity to any misstep another person might make. When the police are called and there is an arrest, the allegations can be as problematic as they are embarrassing. Seeking legal assistance is an important factor in pursuing an acceptable resolution when charged with harassment.
A 29-year-old man was arrested after he was accused of harassing a woman at the University of Colorado Boulder. He was said to have entered a vehicle that was owned by the university as she was driving it. It was then that he fondled her. The woman was working as a driver for the school’s ride service when the incident occurred. He did not have permission to get into the car. She claims he stopped her from using her phone and issued threats should she call for assistance. He touched and tried to kiss her. She drove to a gas station and the man ran from the vehicle.
The man was said to have been under the influence and, prior to this incident, had asked another female student if he could have a ride with her in her vehicle. Law enforcement states that this case does not appear to have been sexual and is not considered a sex crime. He turned himself in to law enforcement and was charged with several crimes including physical harassment, criminal trespass, and computer crimes for not letting the woman use her phone.
Harassment can come in many forms under Colorado law. They include stalking, unwanted touching, email harassment, harassment via phone and more. Some might not think these are serious allegations, especially if they did not actually cause any physical harm to the other person. However, these charges can lead to serious penalties. When there is a charge of harassment, it might have been a misunderstanding or the person could have behaved in a totally unfamiliar way than they usually behave due to being under the influence. A defense attorney can assess the case and help with combating the harassment charges.