Q: Can a harrasment complaint in the forth degree that has been filed be settled out of court
A: No Criminal charges can be settled out of court you must go to court and be sentenced by the judge. I suggest a lawyer as you are facing up to 18 months in jail $7500 fine and probation for up to 5 years.
Short answer: no. Once a criminal complaint is filed then the matter is handled by the County Prosecutor and not a private litigant. The prosecutor may be willing to plea bargain but the end result will be a plea on the record before a judge. Any sentencing will be done by the judge.
This charge is a serious matter. It carries penalties of 18 months in jail, fines of up to $7,500, and probation of up to 5 years. It is important to have an attorney on your side. Many attorneys offer a free consultation. I think it would be wise for you to consult an attorney.
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