Stalking is a pattern of behavior intentionally done to harass or annoy someone without their consent. The intentional behavior may range from following them without their consent to showing up at the victim’s home or work.
What Is the Definition of Stalking Nevada?
According to Nevada statute, stalking is a malicious and willful course of conduct a person engages in without lawful authority that would cause a reasonable individual to feel:
About the immediate safety of themselves and/or their family members or household members.
What Does “Course of Conduct” Mean?
Course of conduct refers to a pattern of actions over time done by a person which are directed at a specific individual. In other words, course of conduct is a series of acts directed at the chosen victim.
What Type of Behavior Is Considered Stalking?
The types of behavior Nevada considers stalking are:
- Unwanted communication
- Following a victim around
- Damaging, destroying, or defacing a victim’s property
- Communicating with a victim’s family and friends
Is Internet Stalking the Same Crime as Stalking in Nevada?
While similar in nature, Nevada categorizes internet stalking as a separate crime. Internet stalking, also commonly known as cyber stalking, involves using the Internet to maliciously engage in a specific course of conduct to terrorize a victim.
Can I Go to Jail for a Stalking Conviction in Nevada?
Yes, and the length of time that you may end up spending in jail depends on how many time you have been convicted of stalking. For a first offense stalking conviction, you will face up to six months in jail because the crime is a misdemeanor. However, any subsequent offense is a gross misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail.
Do I Need an Attorney to Help Me?
Stalking is a serious crime, so it is important to understand your legal rights and defenses. If you are facing a stalking charge in Nevada, contact a Nevada criminal attorney immediately.