Have you or a loved one been accused of stalking? While it may be a simple misunderstanding stalking is a serious accusation in the State of Florida. If you have been accused of this kind of crime, it is very important that you speak to an attorney as soon as possible.
Local criminal defense attorney Adam Stout has prosecuted and defended these cases. Call him today at (352) 665-9266 for your free consultation.
Under State law if you harass, repeatedly touch or follow someone you can be arrested and charged with a first-degree misdemeanor. This is punishable by up to twelve (12) months in jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000.00.
In addition, there is the act of aggravated stalking. This typically involves credible threats of injury or worse toward a victim or the victim’s family. If you are convicted of this crime, you could be sentenced up to 5 years in prison and up to $5,000.00 fine.
It is important to note that it is not uncommon for a victim of stalking to obtain an injunction or restraining order. This will prevent unwanted contact, and subject the accused to additional criminal liability.
Evidence Of Stalking
The following conduct can constitute unwanted, prosecutable contact:
- Sending unwanted gifts;
- Following a coworker or friend home every night;
- Sending numerous emails, texts or letters;
- Following their GPS location on any form of social media; and/or
- Making harassing phone calls.
Fight To Protect Your Rights
Being accused of stalking could cause you to lose your job, suffer reputational damage, and even worse, could land you in jail. Because of this, you need to take stalking accusations seriously and aggressively defend your rights!
Start taking charge of your case now and call Adam Stout at the Law Office of Stout Defense, P.A. He can be reached for a free and confidential consultation. Call (352) 665-9266.