Most states also have varying levels of harassment charges based on the circumstances surrounding the behavior and the method used to do the harassing. The level of the crime can be different for harassment conducted in person, on the telephone, via mail or electronically.
Other factors that can change a harassment charge from a misdemeanor to a serious felony include:
- If the person is a repeat offender
- If the person is under a restraining order
- If the harassment is a hate crime