My husband is in jail for hitting and killing a child. The family of the child is harassing him while he is in jail. What can we do to stop them?

The child ran out of his yard and ran in front of him. The mom was inside not watching her child. she told the police that the child was running after there pet goat. She was not charged with anything and she and the grandparents are harassing my husband in jail. Please tell me what we can do to stop them. He was not the only one at fault.

Asked on June 25, 2009 under Criminal Law, Louisiana

Answers:

M.S., Member, Connecticut Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

Although I do not practice law in the State of Louisiana, the general rule is that harassment is a crime regardless of whether the alleged victim is an incarcerated prisoner or a regular citizen.  You do not state how these people are harassing  your husband.  Is it via letters, phone calls, visits, etc?  Depending on the method of harassment, and assuming that your husband cannot simply deny any further contact (such as refusing to accept their mail) I suggest that you contact the attorney (even if it was a public defender) who represented your husband in this matter.  If your husband was not represented, you should consult with and/or retain an attorney to determine whether these actions constitute actionable harassment.  Of course, you should keep documentation of all instances of harassment in preparation for meeting with this attorney.


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