My question involves criminal law for the state of: Pennsylvania
During a most terrible breakup of a long time friendship, I went online and posted an ad on craigslist asking men to call (victims) number for sexual meetings. (stupid thing to do but during a manic moment of bipolar disorder, my impulse took over) The next day I went to take the post down as it was put up during a heated moment of anger, sadness and me seeking to cause embarrassment. The post was gone. I later found out I was being charged with harassment. M3 18 § 2709 §§A4. I immediately I got a public defender and applied for ARD. ARd was denied. I know what i did was wrong and did everything I could to fix it, even apologized and offered to pay the victims phone bill, but I was told I had a lesson to learn. Understood. My fear is I am a mother of three children, my husband works third shift, we have no sitter fr the kids EVER and I am a full time college student with a part time job through work study. Will the court take any of that into consideration? I fear jail time as it will be disastrous to the welfare of my children. I am not sure what an M3 means. I hope it is possible to get probation, a fine, a restraining order. Anything that keeps me out of jail. This is my first harassment charge. I have previous offenses from many many years back, of retail theft.
Would the judge take into consideration my current status of being otherwise an upstanding citizen? I worry about this so much I cannot sleep even my xanax isn't working anymore. Any help would be appreciated. Thank You.