It is considered to be a criminal offense to stalk another person. Per §784.048 of the 2011 Florida Statutes, this is defined as the willful, malicious and repeated procedure in which a person stalked another person. This is considered to a first degree misdemeanor. This, however, is not where the law ends. In fact, it is also considered to be a criminal offense for a person to stalk a person’s child, sibling, spouse or parent or to cause the alleged victim with the fear that serious injury and / or death is imminent. This is considered to be a third-degree felony.
Stalking charges are commonly used in conjunction with criminal charges of domestic abuse, which can also lead to criminal accusation of violating a restraining order. The following are commonly determined to be the acts of stalking and are good examples of what the law covers:
While stalking charges are in and of themselves serious criminal charges, it is important to remember that if they are charged in conjunction with domestic violence, the stakes will be raised even higher. At this point, it is important that you get the involvement of an Orlando criminal defense attorney that you can trust to help you protect your legal rights.
There are several defenses that can be utilized to your benefit by an experienced lawyer. We at Katz & Phillips know just how to utilize these defenses and will do everything that we can to help our clients look into all possible avenues of action. For example, we could argue that the criminal accusations aren’t credible – that your behavior would not have caused a reasonable person fear. Similarly, we can argue that the activity that you were participating in was protected by the Constitution; for example, it could be argued that you were protecting and exercising your legal rights.
Regardless, if you find yourself facing criminal charges of this nature, it is highly important that you do not hesitate to get the involvement of a knowledgeable lawyer that you can trust. At our firm, we are proud to be client-focused and results-driven – meaning that in everything that we do, we put your needs and your best interests first and foremost. Should you choose to work with our firm, you will be able to rest assured knowing that you will have an experienced advocate on your side that is fully prepared to go the distance in their efforts to defend their legal rights.
To schedule your initial case evaluation, please do not hesitate to contact an Orlando stalking defense lawyer from Katz & Phillips as soon as possible.