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"Harassment" in the criminal context in Washington State is both an umbrella term and its own particular crime. Many individual crimes are included in the term "harassment," such as Malicious Harassment (RCW 9A.36.080 – covering crimes done because of his or her perception of the victim's race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, or mental, physical, or sensory handicap) and Telephone Harassment (RCW 9.61.230). “Harassment” the crime is covered by RCW 9A.46.020, and depending on the circumstances, can be either a Gross Misdemeanor or a Class C Felony. Conviction almost always carries with it the imposition of a post-conviction no-contact order. Harassment also is often tagged with the “Domestic Violence” label when appropriate.
RCW 9A.46.020 states as follows:
  • 1. A person is guilty of harassment if:
    • a. Without lawful authority, the person knowingly threatens:
      • i. To cause bodily injury immediately or in the future to the person threatened or to any other person; or
      • ii. To cause physical damage to the property of a person other than the actor; or
      • iii. To subject the person threatened or any other person to physical confinement or restraint; or
      • iv. Maliciously to do any other act which is intended to substantially harm the person threatened or another with respect to his or her physical or mental health or safety; and
    • b. The person by words or conduct places the person threatened in reasonable fear that the threat will be carried out. "Words or conduct" includes, in addition to any other form of communication or conduct, the sending of an electronic communication.
  • 2.
    • a. Except as provided in (b) of this subsection, a person who harasses another is guilty of a gross misdemeanor.
    • b. A person who harasses another is guilty of a class C felony if either of the following applies:
      • i. The person has previously been convicted in this or any other state of any crime of harassment, as defined in RCW 9A.46.060, of the same victim or members of the victim's family or household or any person specifically named in a no-contact or no-harassment order; or
      • ii. the person harasses another person under subsection (1)(a)(i) of this section by threatening to kill the person threatened or any other person.
  • 3. The penalties provided in this section for harassment do not preclude the victim from seeking any other remedy otherwise available under law.
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