Arkansas Law


5-71-209. Harassing communications.

(a) A person commits the offense of harassing communications if, with the purpose to harass, annoy, or alarm another person, he:

     (1) Communicates with a person, anonymously or otherwise, by telephone, telegraph, mail, or any other form of written communication, in a manner likely to harass, annoy, or cause alarm; or

     (2) Makes a telephone call or causes a telephone to ring repeatedly, with no purpose of legitimate communication, regardless of whether a conversation ensues; or

     (3) Knowingly permits any telephone under his control to be used for any purpose prohibited by this section.

(b) Offenses involving use of telephones may be prosecuted in the county in which the defendant was located when he used a telephone, or in the county in which the telephone made to ring by the defendant was located.

(c) Harassing communications is a Class A misdemeanor.

(d)(1) A judicial officer, upon the pretrial release of the defendant, shall enter a no contact order in writing consistent with Rules 9.3 and 9.4 of the Arkansas Rules of Criminal Procedure and shall give notice to the defendant of penalties contained in Rule 9.5 of the Arkansas Rules of Criminal Procedure.

    (2) This no contact order shall remain in effect during the pendency of any appeal of a conviction under this section.

    (3) The judicial officer or prosecuting attorney shall provide a copy of this no contact order to the victim and arresting agency without unnecessary delay.

(e) If the judicial officer has reason to believe that mental disease or defect of the defendant will or has become an issue in the cause, the judicial officer shall enter such orders as are consistent with § 5-2-305.

History. Acts 1975, No. 280, § 2910; A.S.A. 1947, § 41-2910; Acts 1993, No. 379, § 6; 1993, No. 388, § 6; 1995, No. 1302, § 4.