The Third Degree a defendant can be charged with third degree harassment if they write an annoying email, text message, or social media message that is intentionally so. There are real free speech concerns with this charge-- but as any one will tell you, not all speech is free. For example, you can't cry fire in a crowded movie theater. And you can send messages to someone with the intent to annoy them. If you or a loved one has been arrested for a firearms offense in Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Waterloo, or other Iowa community, contact DAC-LAW PLC today at 319-389-4276.
Third degree harassment is essentially any harassment that is neither second degree nor third degree harassment. The Iowa Code defines in just that way:
"Any other act of harassment is harassment in the third degree. Harassment in the third degree is a simple misdemeanor."
That means that it can be any annoying text message, phone call, writing, social media message, or other harassment that neither involves a threatened injury nor forcible felony, and is not preceded by two or more harassment convictions.
If you or a loved one has been arrested for an Iowa OWI (DUI), contact DAC-LAW PLC at 319-389-4276 or
for an initial consultation today. However, remember that a blog is not legal advice and that sending unsolicited information to an attorney over the Internet does not establish an attorney-client relationship.