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Missouri’s New Harassment Law and Class E Felony: §§ 565.090.1 and 565.091.1 RSMo

Here is another example of a criminal charge often accompanying a divorce or other family law case: Harassment.

The previous statute was lengthy, and specific. You had to threaten to commit a felony, use such extreme language as to put another person in fear of physical harm, recklessly frighten a minor. Do it once and it was a Class A Misdemeanor. Do it again and it could be a Class D Felony.

Under the new law which begins January 1, 2017, the language is quite vague: “A person commits the offense of harassment in the second degree if he or she, without good cause, engages in any act with the purpose to cause emotional distress to another person.
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