Legal Statutes: Pennsylvania
UPDATED October 12, 2012
(a) OFFENSE DEFINED.-- A person commits the crime of harassment when, with intent to harass, annoy or alarm another, the person:
(1) strikes, shoves, kicks or otherwise subjects the other person to
physical contact, or attempts or threatens to do the same;
(2) follows the other person in or about a public place or places;
(3) engages in a course of conduct or repeatedly commits acts which
serve no legitimate purpose;
(4) communicates to or about such other person any lewd, lascivious,
threatening or obscene words, language, drawings or caricatures;
(5) communicates repeatedly in an anonymous manner;
(6) communicates repeatedly at extremely inconvenient hours; or
(7) communicates repeatedly in a manner other than specified in
paragraphs (4), (5) and (6).
(b) Deleted by 2002, Dec. 9, P.L. 1759, No. 218, § 1, effective in 60 days.
(1) An offense committed under this section may be deemed to have been
committed at either the place at which the communication or
communications were made or at the place where the communication or
communications were received.
(2) Acts indicating a course of conduct which occur in more than one
jurisdiction may be used by any other jurisdiction in which an act
occurred as evidence of a continuing pattern of conduct or a course of
(1) An offense under subsection (a)(1), (2) or (3) shall constitute a
(2) (i) An offense under subsection (a)(4), (5), (6) or (7) shall
constitute a misdemeanor of the third degree.
(d) FALSE REPORTS.-- A person who knowingly gives false information to any law enforcement officer with the intent to implicate another under this section commits an offense under section 4906 (relating to false reports to law enforcement authorities).
(e) APPLICATION OF SECTION.-- This section shall not apply to conduct by a party to a labor dispute as defined in the act of June 2, 1937 (P.L. 1198, No. 308), known as the Labor Anti-Injunction Act, or to any constitutionally protected activity.
(f) DEFINITIONS.-- As used in this section, the following words and phrases shall have the meanings given to them in this subsection:
"Communicates." Conveys a message without intent of legitimate communication or address by oral, nonverbal, written or electronic means, including telephone, electronic mail, Internet, facsimile, telex, wireless communication or similar transmission.
"Course of conduct." A pattern of actions composed of more than one act over a period of time, however short, evidencing a continuity of conduct. Acts indicating a course of conduct which occur in more than one jurisdiction may be used by any other jurisdiction in which an act occurred as evidence of a continuing pattern of conduct or a course of conduct.
1972, Dec. 6, P.L. 1482, No. 334, § 1, effective June 6, 1973. Amended 1993, June 23, P.L. 124, No. 28, § 1, imd. effective; 1997, Oct. 2, P.L. 379, No. 44, § 3, effective in 60 days; 1999, Dec. 15, P.L. 915, No. 59, § 3, effective in 60 days; 2002, Dec. 9, P.L. 1759, No. 218, § 1, effective in 60 days