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Annoying phone calls may seem as if they are funny, but the state of California is not laughing. You are facing jail time and fines if you have received a citation for such an offense. There is no need to worry, however, because one of our attorneys can stand by your side and fight to defend you. You must come in as soon as possible so that our seasoned lawyers can start working on your strategy. We can help you get through this embarrassing situation.
The brief definition of an annoying phone call is a call that annoys a person. To “annoy” is to distress, upset, aggravate, vex or irritate a person to the point that he or she feels the need to contact the authorities. Someone can still charge you with the crime of making annoying calls even if you make the contact by text message, instant message, email or some other form of contact.
The crime of making annoying phone calls is sometimes similar to the crime of harassment and the crime of terroristic threats. The context of the contact and the circumstances make all the difference when a judge is ruling on such a case. One example of an annoying phone call is a phone call from an ex-boyfriend or ex-girlfriend that comes after the person asks the individual not to call anymore. The caller knows that the recipient does not wish to speak to him or her and is thus causing an intentional annoyance.
Prank callers can be charged with making annoying phone calls if someone catches them, as well. Telemarketers and bill collectors will most likely not be charged with the crime because they do not truly intend to annoy people when they call. Bill collectors are trying to collect a debt, and telemarketers simply want to make a sale.
A first-time conviction for making annoying phone calls can land you in jail for up to six months and force you to pay a fine of up to $1,000. Furthermore, you will have a criminal offense on your record, and it can follow you around for a very long time. A criminal conviction can cause you to miss out on amazing job opportunities and such.
Our attorneys can serve you by trying their hardest to have you exonerated from the charge. The arresting officer has to use a flawless procedure to make such a charge stick. Additionally, the arresting officer would need to prove that you did indeed make the phone calls, and they were repetitious. Threatening and obscene phone calls count as annoying phone calls, as well.
The charge cannot stick if the prosecution does not have enough evidence. Our lawyers aim for a dismissal or an acquittal every time. Those are the goals for which we thrive. We never want a case to go into conviction and sentencing status, but we can assist with that, too. Ask about alternative sentencing and leniency when you come in for your consultation.
You can contact us using one of two methods. The short-form method allows you to be discreet if you do not want to call on the phone at this moment. One of our attorneys will schedule a time for you to come in and discuss your charges. You can then get started on building the best strategy for your situation. We are here to help you with your charge. Do not hesitate to call us.