If someone is harassing and threatening to beat you up over the phone, is it illegal and what can I do to protect myself? 16 Answers as of June 18, 2013

Person keeps calling from different phone numbers threatening to beat me up.

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Michael Breczinski
Michael Breczinski | Michael Breczinski
There are two things you can do. First report it to the police. Second go to court and get a restraining order against the person.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 11/15/2012
Craig Epifanio, P.A.
Craig Epifanio, P.A. | Craig Epifanio
Yes, it is a second degree misdemeanor, called harassing phone calls.
Answer Applies to: Florida
Replied: 11/15/2012
The Law Offices of John J. Carney Esq.
The Law Offices of John J. Carney Esq. | John J. Carney
You should gather the evidence as to the identity of the person and tape record the threats. Save ant texts and report it to the phone company to trace if you do not know who it is. Once you have the identity and phone numbers you can have him arrested for Aggravated harassment and get an Order of Protection. You should not retaliate by making any calls or threats, and you should not say anything vulgar or swear at him.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 11/14/2012
Law Office of Edmund P. Allen Jr. | Edmund P. Allen Jr.
Report the harassment to the police.
Answer Applies to: Washington
Replied: 11/14/2012
Kirigin Law Firm, Chtd. | Kristina C. Kirigin
If the person is threatening harm to you, you can apply for a restraining order.
Answer Applies to: Nevada
Replied: 11/14/2012
    Timothy J. Thill P.C.
    Timothy J. Thill P.C. | Timothy J. Thill
    If you know the identity of the caller, contact the police, who can charge him with Harassment by Phone, a criminal offense here in Illinois. ?The police will have to get some verification of where these calls are originating.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 11/14/2012
    James M. Osak, P.C.
    James M. Osak, P.C. | James M. Osak
    Get a PPO against this person. Drag them into court and let them explain to a judge why they keep threatening you. Record these conversations as evidence in court. Try filing a Police Report.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 11/14/2012
    The Law Office of Harry E. Hudson, Jr.
    The Law Office of Harry E. Hudson, Jr. | Harry E. Hudson, Jr.
    Get a restraining order.. Call cops and report. Check statutes and see if OK to record the threats. Otherwise, until RO in place, let telephone voice main=l record call.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 11/14/2012
    Natty Shafer Law
    Natty Shafer Law | Nathaniel Shafer
    Yes, that is illegal. It's called a criminal threat and you can contact the police.
    Answer Applies to: Utah
    Replied: 11/14/2012
    Lawrence Lewis
    Lawrence Lewis | Lawrence Lewis, PC
    The person is committing the offense of Terroristic Threats or Harassing Phone Calls. Go take a restraining order.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 11/14/2012
    Law Office of Brendan M. Kelly
    Law Office of Brendan M. Kelly | Brendan M. Kelly
    I would get a protection order and also report the abuse to the cops.
    Answer Applies to: Nebraska
    Replied: 11/14/2012
    R. Jason de Groot, P.A
    R. Jason de Groot, P.A | R. Jason de Groot
    This might be a case that you can file a repeat violence injunction.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 11/14/2012
    Anderson Law Office
    Anderson Law Office | Scott L. Anderson
    Apply for a protective order or restraining order asap.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
    Replied: 11/12/2012
    Joneson & Michael, LLC
    Joneson & Michael, LLC | Rachel A. Michael
    Under Colorado law, an individual can be charged under the Harassment statute for repeated telephone communications. It is important that you contact your local law enforcement agency to file a report. Whether or not there is enough evidence to charge the individual is a decision only law enforcement can make. If your local law enforcement agency declines to charge the person, you may want to consider seeking a civil protection order.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 11/12/2012
    Andersen Law PLLC
    Andersen Law PLLC | Craig Andersen
    It is not legal. You should call the police. You can also petition in District court for an antiharrassment order.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 11/14/2012
    Universal Law Group, Inc. | Francis John Cowhig
    File a complaint with your local police department.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 6/18/2013
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