California Stalking Attorney
Have you been charged with Stalking? Your record could be in jeopardy!
In California, being charged with stalking, also called harassment, can mean paying heavy fines, possible jail time, and destruction of your record. It can create difficulties that include having to leave a place if the alleged victim is there, not being able to contact certain people, and embarrassing explanations to coworkers, friends, and family as to why you cannot go somewhere. If you have previous convictions, whether they are stalking related or not, your penalties can increase dramatically. Do no face this serious charge alone; let Weber Law help you today!
California Stalking Charges and Penalties
What is Stalking?
A person is guilty of stalking when they willfully, maliciously, and repeatedly follows or willfully and maliciously harass another person and who makes a credible threat with the intent to place that person in reasonable fear for his or her safety, or the safety of his or her immediate family.
Harassment is knowing and willfully directing specific conduct towards a person that seriously alarms, annoys, torments, or terrorizes the person, and that serves no legitimate purpose.
Course of conduct means two or more acts occurring over a period of time, no matter how short the acts were.
In California, if an individual believes they are the victim of stalking, they may file a petition for a restraining order against the alleged stalker. If the court determines that there is reason to believe stalking has occurred, they can restrain you from contacting that person, going to their place of residence, and having to leave a public area if you see them there. Having a restraining order against you can cause inconveniences for you.
What is the Penalty?
The penalties for stalking can include not only jail time, but a hefty fine. The penalties for stalking depend on the seriousness of the crime and are outlined below:
Stalking is punishable by imprisonment for up to a year, a fine of not more than $1,000.00, or both.
Violating a restraining order is punishable by imprisonment for two to four years.
If it is not your first stalking conviction, you can be imprisoned for two to five years.
If you are convicted of felony stalking, which includes it not being your first conviction, the court could make you register as a sex offender. The sentencing court may also issue a restraining order that would not allow contact with the victim for up to ten years.
As the sentence can range by so much, it is important to have knowledgeable legal counsel that can advocate for the lowest sentence for you.
Even as a Defendant, you still have Rights! Make sure yours were not violated!
Even as an individual facing criminal charges, you have rights, and it is important to know those rights and make sure that they were not violated in any way when you were arrested or charged. Without extensive knowledge of your rights when it comes to police searches, Miranda rights, and your rights when it comes to arrest, it is extremely difficult to get a dismissal or reduction. Do not try to fight these charges on your own—Weber Law is ready to help you today.
Contact Weber Law immediately if you’ve been arrested on a stalking charge. We offer a free confidential case evaluation – serving Los Angeles and the surrounding areas.
How Can WEBER LAW Help You?
If you have been accused of stalking, whether a felony or misdemeanor, let Weber Law help you today. It can be a stressful situation to have criminal charges pending, and Weber Law will work for you. Let Weber Law work to have your citation dismissed or dropped to a lower offense. If that is not possible, we will negotiate the best deal for you, which could include a shorter jail time or no jail time, and a lesser fine.
There are potential defenses against a charge of stalking, which include but are not limited to, not realizing that person was there, a misunderstanding, and being falsely accused.
Weber Law will look at every aspect of your case, including surveillance footage, eyewitness testimonies, and even your prior criminal record. Let Weber Law build the best defense for you! A charge of stalking on your record could potentially hurt future job offers and ruin your record. Weber Law is experienced in defending these charges and getting you back to a life free of criminal charges. It is never a good idea to face these charges without an attorney, the court room can be intimidating, and you need someone with experience. Any blemish on your record can have detrimental effects on the rest of your life. Let Weber Law’s experienced attorneys fight for you in court. If you or someone you know has been accused of stalking, contact Weber Law today for a consultation.
CA Penal Code § 646.9, Stalking
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