In Nevada, stalking is a misdemeanor that involves willfully and maliciously engaging in a course of conduct that causes the victim of the conduct to feel in fear. The course of conduct are considered actions that harass, intimidate, terrorize, or frighten the victim. The fear they feel may include fear for their safety, their family members’ safety, or property damage.
Internet stalking, also known as cyber stalking, is harassing, threatening, or annoying a victim via the Internet or social media. The stalking is done to cause the victim or inflict some kind of injury on the victim, their family, or property.
In Nevada, Internet stalking is using the following to communicate, distribute, display, or publish information to terrorize or harm a victim via:
The person accused of Internet stalking must cause a substantially increased risk of harm or injury to the victim.
They are separate crimes with two key differences. First, internet stalking solely occurs in cyber space. Aggravated stalking usually takes place offline, although it may involve online activity. The other thing that makes the two crimes different is that aggravated staking always involves a threat to cause substantial injury or death to the victim.
The crime is a category C felony. The punishment for this category of felony is:
In Nevada, a sentencing judge has the option to suspend the prison time and sentence the defendant to probation instead. However, it may be difficult to persuade a judge to grant probation in lieu of a prison sentence if the defendant has been convicted of stalking or another crime in the past.
Legal representation is very important to have whenever you are facing a felony charge. Contact a Nevada lawyer immediately to find out more about your defenses and legal rights.
Last Modified: 10-26-2016 09:32 AM PDTLaw Library Disclaimer
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