According to reports David Barry of Bridgewater, Massachusetts continually made telephone calls to a neighbor and the neighbor’s wife over a nine month period. The offenses started in October of last year and ended this past June. The victim complained that Barry would call late at night, saying his wife’s names and the word “die”. Barry is reportedly involved in youth sports in the town of Bridgewater. Charges of Criminal Harassment and Making Annoying Phone Calls were filed against Barry in the Brockton District Court.
Criminal Harassment in Massachusetts is a crime pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 265 Section 43A. The law states that anyone who “engages in a knowing pattern of conduct or series of acts over a period of time directed at a specific person, which seriously alarms that person and would cause a reasonable person to suffer substantial emotional distress, shall be guilty of the crime of criminal harassment and shall be punished”. A first offense is a misdemeanor punishable by up to two and one half years in the house of correction. A second offense is a felony that carries a potential ten year state prison sentence. Making Annoying Phone Calls is also a misdemeanor but with much lighter consequences. A conviction for this crime, Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 269 Section 14A carries a maximum three month jail sentence. More likely than not, assuming Barry has an Experienced Massachusetts Criminal Defense Lawyer, he will walk away from these charges without a criminal record.
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