Stalking Crimes

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Individuals charged with stalking offenses are often confused as to exactly what they are alleged to have done against the laws of the State of Florida. The offense of stalking can be defined in different ways and can result in misdemeanor or felony charges lodged against an individual. They can also result in severe penalties.

Any person who willfully, maliciously, and repeatedly follows, harasses, or cyberstalks (i.e. using electronic communication) another person can be charged with stalking, a misdemeanor of the first degree. The definition of harassment as used in the statute means to engage in a pattern of conduct composed of a series of acts over a period of time, evidencing continuity of purpose that causes substantial emotional distress in such person and serves no legitimate purpose such as publicly or organized protest.

If the willful or malicious harassment or cyberstalking includes a credible threat with the intent to place that person in reasonable fear of death or bodily injury of the person, the person’s child, sibling, parent or dependent, the offense is considered aggravated stalking and is considered a felony of the third degree.

Our Tampa Criminal Lawyer Defends All Degrees of Stalking

If the harassment or cyberstalking follows an injunction for protection against repeat violence, sexual violence or dating violence or some other court imposed prohibition of conduct against that person, the prosecutor may charge an individual with the offense of aggravated stalking. It is classified as a third degree felony.

The misdemeanor of stalking is elevated to a felony is the person against whom the stalking is directed is a minor under 16 years of age.

It is important to note that an officer may arrest a person without a warrant if probable cause exists to believe the defendant has violated the stalking laws.

In some instances, any sentence imposed will run consecutive with sentences for other offenses.

An experienced criminal defense lawyer is essential to present a defense to stalking charges.

If you have been charged with stalking contact your Tampa Criminal Defense Law Firm at 813-223-5775 immediately for a free no obligation consultation.