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What happens if you are stalking a colleague and are caught doing so?
You can be charged with a criminal offense.
California is one of the first states in the country to adopt a legal framework to prevent, deter and punish the crimes relating to stalking and harassment. The state has laws against stalking, harassment, and cyberbullying from the early 1990s. In these charges, emotional trauma is significantly high which skews the system towards the victim, and as a result, it is difficult to contest these charges. At Law Office of David S. Chesley, we make sure that your side of the story is heard in the court and provide aggressive defense against your charges.
The statute of PC 646.9 defines the act of stalking, harassment, and bullying on all electronic and physical channels. The law states, “Any person who willfully, maliciously, and repeatedly follows or willfully and maliciously harasses 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 is guilty of the crime of stalking”.
If you have been charged with ‘Stalking’ under PC 646.9, the prosecutor has the burden of proof. The prosecutors must establish in the court that,
If any of the elements mentioned above of crime are missing, the charges cannot be proved against you. We, as a criminal defense attorney in stalking and harassment cases’ question the evidence provided by prosecutor and aim to invalidate them.
There can be many examples of stalking and harassment behavior. However, if someone stalks a crush from her university to home only once and does not make any statement, it cannot be charged with stalking. For an offense to qualify as stalking or harassment, all elements of the crime must be present. Some of the common examples of stalking and harassment are as follow,
The statute of 646.9 imposes strict penalties for anyone guilty of stalking and harassing. It is a wobbler crime in California which means that you can be charged with ‘misdemeanor’ or a ‘felony’ based on the seriousness of the crime, specific circumstances, your previous criminal record, or if there were a restraining order from the court. The only way out of the difficult situation of stalking charges is to have an aggressive and knowledgeable defense legal representation.
If convicted, the penalties of stalking and harassment are up to,
If you have violated a previous restraining order or if you have been previously convicted of stalking, the penalties can be up to
In the stalking cases, the system has significant emotional support to the victim. Therefore, it is important to present your case effectively in the court. Our defense lawyers have represented various stalking cases in the court and have prepared defense of the clients successfully. We focus on the most appropriate defense that applies to given circumstances and prepares strong arguments for it. Some of the common defense arguments in these cases are,
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