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September 28, 2017

What is the legal definition of harassment in Maine?

For the purpose of getting a protection from harassment order, Maine law defines "harassment" as:

  1. Three or more acts of intimidation, confrontation, physical force, or threat of physical force that are:
    • Directed against any person, family, or business; AND
    • Made with the intention of causing fear, intimidation, or damage to property; AND
    • Actually causes fear, intimidation, or damage to property; or
  2. If the harasser committed a single act or a course of conduct that violates one of the following laws: stalking, assault, aggravated assault, criminal threatening, terrorizing, reckless conduct, gross sexual assault, kidnapping, criminal restraint, criminal restraint by parent, harassment, unauthorized dissemination of certain private imagesincest, arson, violation of privacy, criminal mischief, aggravated criminal mischief, aiding or soliciting suicide, murder, felony murder, manslaughter, violation of your constitutional rightssex trafficking, aggravated sex trafficking, or interfering with, oppressing or threatening any other person.1  Note: You can click on any of these crimes to read the legal definition on our ME Statutes page.

If you are being harassed by a spouse or former spouse, someone you have a child with, someone who you live with or used to live with, your current or former sexual partner, someone you are related to by blood or marriage, or someone you are currently or formerly dating, whether or not you were sexual partners, you may be eligible for a protection from abuse order.  Please see our Protection from Abuse Orders page for more information.

15 M.R.S. § 4651(2)