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What Is Stalking?

The popular use of the word stalking has caused a variety of misconceptions about what the crime of stalking actually is. While in many cases it does involve following someone, there are many more instances where the crime of stalking can occur. While there is no federal law that makes stalking a crime, every state has outlawed stalking in one way or another. The following are common elements of stalking that are found in most state criminal statutes:

How Can a Victim Protect Him or Herself From Stalking?

A victim should not give in to the pressures of the stalker. The victim should document all evidence, including gifts and voicemail, from the stalker. The victim should ensure that all close friends, family, and co-workers are aware of the problem and not be unwittingly charmed by the stalker into giving away personal information. If the problem becomes severe, a restraining order should be sought. If the danger becomes immediate, do not hesitate to call the police. 

Are There Any Legal Defenses to Accusations of Stalking?

There are a number of defenses to accusations of stalking. The defenses can include, but are not limited to:

What Are the Penalties for Stalking?

Although there are varying degrees of the stalking offense, in most state penal codes the crime of stalking is a felony. The following are common sentencing penalties for the crime of stalking:

Should I Contact a Criminal Defense Attorney?

If you have been arrested or accused of stalking, you may find the advice of a criminal defense attorney to be extremely helpful. Because of the complex nature of this area of law, the advice of a defense attorney who specializes in this area can be beneficial in determining how best to proceed with your legal problem.

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Last Modified: 11-05-2013 10:52 AM PST

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