Fresno Stalking Attorney
Serving You Anywhere in the Central Valley
California, like many other states, has a law against stalking. California
Penal Code Section 646.9 defines "stalking" as any individual
who repeatedly follows, harasses, and/or threatens someone with the intent
to frighten that person into fearing for their safety or the safety of
their family members. This is known as the California stalking law.
In order to be convicted of stalking, there has to be a pattern of actions.
This includes annoying someone intentionally, frightening someone, and
harassing behavior. The patterns of stalking could be shown through repetitive
phone calls, texts, or letters. The victim must also experience actual
fear or distress as a result of the activity. There also has to be believable
intimidation of the victim and/or their family, either explicitly or implied.
Common activity reported as stalking includes watching someone, spying,
visiting unannounced, and unwanted text messages or phone calls.
Penalties for stalking can be severe, and included a year in prison and
fines of up to $1,000. Continued stalking after conviction can increase
the penalties, as can violation of a restraining order. Enhanced penalties
could result in up to 4 years in jail.
Experienced Criminal Defense
At Wapner Jones P.C., we have the skills, knowledge and professional representation
to guide you through the legal process from beginning to end. If you are
being investigated for stalking, or have been charged, or if you have
questions about any other criminal charges, do not hesitate to contact
us today. Fill out our online contact form, or call (559) 257-4707 to
schedule a free consultation.