What would be the likely punishment for sending 5 x racist messages to a former employer
England, AR |
i am beibng ivestigated by staffs police and they say i have sent five racist text messages to a former employer, what would be the likely outcome if charged and conviceted, i have no previous convictions for this.
That sounds like bad conduct but racist speech is not per se illegal. I am not licensed in Arkansas but I looked this up and I wonder if this law "harassing communications" might not in practice infringe upon the First Amendment right to free speech. You should get a lawyer before you talk to the police and ask the lawyer.
(b)(1) HARASSING COMMUNICATIONS. A person commits the crime of harassing communications if, with intent to harass or alarm another person, he or she does any of the following:
a. Communicates with a person, anonymously or otherwise, by telephone, telegraph, mail, or any other form of written or electronic communication, in a manner likely to harass or cause alarm.
b. Makes a telephone call, whether or not a conversation ensues, with no purpose of legitimate communication.
c. Telephones another person and addresses to or about such other person any lewd or obscene words or language.
Nothing in this section shall apply to legitimate business telephone communications.
(2) Harassing communications is a Class C misdemeanor.
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