Appleton Criminal Defense Attorneys
Sometimes, people with an infatuation for someone else may perform acts of stalking without realizing what they are doing. Many times, individuals are not aware of what constitutes an act of stalking. The laws regarding what constitutes stalking and how these actions are punished vary from state to state, so it is important that you familiarize yourself with you local and state legislation regarding this behavior.
What is stalking?
Most generally, stalking behavior includes any act that involves the following, threatening, or harassing of another individual. Stalking behavior obviously encompasses a wide range of activities, which is one of the reasons why it is such a prevalent crime. Examples of stalking activity include the following:
- Cyberstalking – persistent contact with/messaging another individual
- Waiting for the person at his or her home
- Following the victim
- Breaking into the victims house or vehicle
- Constantly leaving messages or gifts for the other person
- Threatening the victim
- Peeping into the victim's home, hotel room, or other private area
- Trespassing on the victim's property
How common is stalking?
Stalking is a relatively common crime, since anyone can become a stalker or a victim. Every year, over one million people are reported victims of this behavior. Stalkers tend to be male, although women do perform this crime, as well. Typically, stalkers and their victims have had some sort of past relationship, either romantic or platonic.
If you have been charged with stalking, the Appleton criminal defense attorneys of Hart Powell, S.C. can help you. Please call our law office today at 888-656-7597 to schedule an appointment.