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Stalking charges may arise if a person believes they are being followed or harassed by someone else. Although the traditional perception of stalking brings to mind the image of someone hiding in bushes and tracking another person’s every move, the introduction of the Internet and social media has expanded the definition of this crime.
Regardless of the details of your case, stalking charges in Florida are serious. It is essential to have an Orlando stalking defense lawyer on your side who can help you avoid the severe consequences that these charges can bring. NeJame Law can provide the representation you need. We can provide guidance on your rights and help you navigate your legal situation.
How Can Our Stalking Defense Lawyers Help?
Stalking laws can be vague about the difference between mere persistence
and genuine harassment and stalking behavior; it may ultimately be up
to the subjective judgment of law enforcement officers in deciding whether
to make an arrest. Our defense attorneys from NeJame Law can assist you
by clearing up simple misunderstandings and temporary disputes that occurred
in a relationship.
We help our clients argue any exaggerated complaints for bothersome behavior that does not amount to stalking, or "he said, she said" situations where there is a clear dispute about the allegations being made. Often times one accused of stalking finds that they are charged with an offense or subject to a restraining order even though the alleged victim initiated the initial contact or the contact was initially viewed as mutually acceptable.
What Constitutes Stalking in Florida?
According to The Florida Statutes, stalking charges are defined as such: “A person who willfully, maliciously, and repeatedly follows, harasses, or cyberstalks another person commits the offense of stalking.”
Cyberstalking, under the state law, means, “(1) To engage in a course of conduct to communicate, or to cause to be communicated, words, images, or language by or through the use of electronic mail or electronic communication, directed at a specific person; or (2) To access, or attempt to access, the online accounts or Internet-connected home electronic systems of another person without that person’s permission, causing substantial emotional distress to that person and serving no legitimate purpose.”
Essentially, stalking charges can be brought forward by anyone who feels that another person is relentlessly pursuing them, whether physically or via digital means, and that that person’s actions are causing them significant emotional distress. Often, there is also a harassment element to stalking charges as well, which may include instances of sexual, verbal, or physical harassment. The alleged victim may present digital communication, photographs, and other items as evidence of stalking.
Penalties for Stalking Charges
A conviction for stalking can carry punishments ranging from
probation to up to fifteen years in state prison depending on the circumstances and the type of stalking charged. A defendant
may be charged with aggravated stalking if he or she makes a credible
threat of violence, violates a restraining order or other court order,
repeats the offense, or stalks a minor under 16. In some cases, a defendant
may also be served with a restraining order or be required to register
as a sex offender. This can result in additional restrictions, such as
being unable to visit certain places, interact with certain people, or
engage in certain activities.
An Orlando criminal defense stalking lawyer from NeJame Law can represent you throughout all Central Florida counties and provide the advice, counsel, and help you need as you face these challenging charges.
Defenses Against Stalking Charges
There are multiple defense strategies that can be utilized in a stalking case. While a situation may look one way to law enforcement, the truth can be completely different than their perception of the circumstances.
In some cases, accusations of stalking are completely false and are brought forward out of spite, revenge, or a similar purpose. In other cases, a stalker may have been wrongly identified. A person who was accused of stalking may have simply been in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Any of these instances may apply to your case and can be used in your defensive strategy. It is also entirely possible that none of these scenarios apply to your situation, and a completely different defense strategy will need to be crafted. Because your circumstances are so unique, speaking to a lawyer about your individual case is crucial.
Contact Our Florida Stalking Defense Lawyers
We will tailor your defensive strategy to the details of your specific case. It is essential to build a defense that firmly establishes your story and addresses points that will be brought forward by the prosecution. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you.