Have you or a loved one been arrested for or accused of stalking? If so, you may face years of punishment in a state prison, depending upon the severity of the charges. Being accused of any crime can be frightening and confusing. It is important to act quickly and speak with a qualified criminal defense attorney who can start protecting your rights immediately. An attorney will be able to help you avoid making incriminating statements, unintentionally admitting to a crime you may not have had anything to do with.

In California state law, stalking is defined as intentionally, maliciously and repeatedly following or harassing a person and putting that person in fear for his or her safety. Harassing is described as conduct that purposefully alarms, annoys, terrorizes or torments a person. Women are most frequently the victims of stalking, making up approximately 75% of stalking cases. Domestic violence is also usually a factor.

It is important to work with an experienced criminal defense lawyer if you are accused of stalking. Penalties for stalking in California will depend upon whether the defendant has a prior criminal record, and the severity of the offense (if violence was used, for instance).

  • The typical sentence for stalking, for a 1st time offender, is a county jail sentence of up to 1 year, and/or a fine of up to $1000.
  • Stalking in violation of a restraining order is a felony offense with a state prison sentence of 2, 3, or 4 years.
  • Aggravated stalking (when violence is involved) is a felony offense with a state prison sentence of at least 1 year.