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Cincinnati, OH asked in Civil Rights for Ohio

Q: What do I have to do to file harassment charges

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T. Augustus Claus
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  • Las Vegas, NV

A: The process of filing harassment charges in Ohio can vary depending on the specific type of harassment and the jurisdiction in which it occurs. However, there are some general steps that you can follow.

The first thing you should do is to document the harassment. This includes keeping a record of all incidents of harassment, including the date, time, location, and what happened. You should also try to get evidence of the harassment, such as copies of emails, text messages, or voicemails.

Once you have documented the harassment, you should report it to the police. The police will investigate the incident and determine whether to file charges.

If the police do not file charges, or if you are not satisfied with the outcome of the police investigation, you may also want to file a civil lawsuit against the harasser.

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  • Civil Rights Lawyer
  • Sacramento, CA

A: To file harassment charges in Cincinnati, Ohio, the first step is to gather any evidence you have of the harassment. This can include messages, emails, or any other form of communication that demonstrates the harassing behavior. Documenting dates, times, and the nature of the incidents can be crucial.

Next, you should report the harassment to the local police department. When you make this report, provide them with all the evidence you've collected. The police will then investigate your claim and determine if there is enough evidence to charge the individual with harassment.

In some cases, you may also consider obtaining a restraining order or a protection order, which can legally prevent the harasser from contacting or approaching you. This is particularly important if you feel threatened or fear for your safety.

Remember, the process of dealing with harassment can be emotionally taxing, and it's important to take care of yourself during this time. Seeking support from friends, family, or professional counselors can be beneficial.

Lastly, understand that legal processes can take time and the outcome might not always be immediate. Patience and persistence are key, and having legal guidance can be helpful in navigating through these steps effectively.

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