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Stalking is a criminal act when a person intends to harass another person or purposely and repeatedly harasses another person. Types of stalking include workplace stalking, workplace harassment, other forms of harassment, cyber stalking and celebrity stalking.
The victim of stalking is often aware and in fear that the stalker may cause harm. When a victim contacts law enforcement, a restraining order often results, which typically either ends the behavior or makes it worse.
A stalking conviction could lead to the following penalties:
13-2923 . Stalking; classification; definitions. 1998.
A. A person commits stalking if the person intentionally or knowingly engages in a course of conduct that is directed toward another person and if that conduct either:
Would cause a reasonable person to fear for the person's safety or the safety of that person's immediate family member and that person in fact fears for their safety or the safety of that person's immediate family member.
Would cause a reasonable person to fear physical injury to or death of that person or that person's immediate family member and that person in fact fears physical injury to or death of that person or that person's immediate family member.
B. Stalking under subsection A, paragraph 1 of this section is a class 5 felony. Stalking under subsection A, paragraph 2 is a class 3 felony.
C. For the purposes of this section:
"Course of conduct" means maintaining visual or physical proximity to a specific person or directing verbal, written or other threats, whether express or implied, to a specific person on two or more occasions over a period of time, however short, but does not include constitutionally protected activity.
"Immediate family member" means a spouse, parent, child or sibling or any other person who regularly resides in a person's household or resided in a person's household within the past six months.
What To Do
Contact an attorney immediately. After hearing your story and reviewing police reports, an attorney can work with the county BEFORE FORMAL CHARGES are filed.
What your attorney will do
We will aggressively track down witnesses, gather statements and review the evidence against you. Illegal questioning and illegal searches are common mistakes along the way that can affect whether charge makes it trial or leads to a guilty verdict.
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