Harassment by Telephone – NOT GUILTY
The Defendant, a juvenile, was charged with Harassment by Telephone in violation of 720 ILCS 135/1-1, a Class A Misdemeanor in Illinois. If convicted of this offense the Defendant was facing a possible sentence of up to one year in jail. In this case the Defendant allegedly made hundreds of phone calls throughout all hours of the day and night to a classmate. The Defendant allegedly continued to make the phone calls after being told not to. When it was all said and done it was estimated that approximately 1000 calls were made in a one week period and on its face clearly appeared to be harassing.
The Defendant wishing to protect her record and adamant that she didn’t commit a criminal act hired Chicago Criminal Lawyer Michael P. Schmiege to represent her. Mr. Schmiege reviewed all of the evidence and created a timeline and spreadsheet of the phone calls. The case was taken to trial and the alleged victim was cross-examined by Mr. Schmiege and the cross-examination revealed that the alleged victim himself had made numerous lengthy phone calls to the Defendant. Additional facts surfaced and in this case, as in many cases, there are two sides to every story and the truth about what really happened came out. At the close of the case Mr. Schmiege argued that there was no crime here, just two teenagers being teenagers and the judge agreed and the judge found that the phone calls were not intended to harass and found the Defendant NOT GUILTY.
If you have been charged with an internet crime of the crime of harassment by telephone get in touch with Chicago Criminal Attorney Michael P. Schmiege for a free consultation and learn how he can help you with your criminal charge.