Harassment is the type of offense which almost anyone can find lodged against them at some point in their lifetime. The primary reason for that often has a great deal to do with the perception that harassment is a relatively minor or trivial offense.
As a result, some of the work and corroboration a law enforcement officer or assistant district attorney will do when deciding whether charging is appropriate when it comes to a misdemeanor or felony offense won’t happen when it comes to harassment, often a summary charge.
In essence, the charge will often be approved based solely on the statements of the alleged victim. This dynamic then allows the case to be placed in front of a Magisterial District Judge who can then decide who he or she believes is telling the truth and what he or she believes actually happened. That circumstance is not ideal when one considers such a charge, minor as it may be, can impact ones employment situation.
Given that, what is the Commonwealth saying you did if you are charged with Harassment? Well, there are seven subsections but I’m only going to go over two as they are most likely to be the grounds you are charged under.