South Florida Stalking and Harassment Lawyer
Stalking is the legal term that refers to obsessive attention shown toward a person who does not want it. Often the idea is to force some sort of relationship on someone who wouldn’t normally reciprocate or participate in that relationship. People may be stalked by groups or by individuals. This can take many forms, such as:
- Watching, monitoring, and peeping
- Filming or photographing
- Repeated phone calls, e-mails, letters, and messages
- Giving unwanted or inappropriate gifts
- Workplace harassment
- Online bullying and cyber stalking
- Trespassing and vandalism
- Violence and bodily harm
Repeated stalking behavior violates both state and federal statutes.
Before 1990, there were virtually no stalking laws. The public spotlight was first shed on stalking when a well-liked celebrity became the latest statistic in a string of six stalking murders in Orange County, California in the late 80s/early 90s.
People who claim to be victims often become consumed with fear of being harmed in some way by the alleged stalker. Because there are stalking laws to protect them, these victims can report suspicious behavior to police and possibly file for a restraining order.
Because of the sheer number of people reporting cases of suspected stalking in Florida every year, the state has implemented strict statutes against certain suspicious behaviors.
Unfortunately, there are those who use these state and federal laws for personal gain. Someone with a simple case of paranoia or a vindictive ex-spouse may seize the opportunity to abuse the system and target you for persecution.
If you have been accused of stalking, don’t take it lightly. Stalking convictions carry a number of tough consequences, such as:
- Restraining orders and no-contact orders
- Hefty fines
- Community service
- Jail time or prison time
- Mandatory counseling
South Florida Stalking Charge Defense Lawyer
When you’re charged with stalking behavior of any kind, you should consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney in Boca Raton who can evaluate your circumstances, give you an objective legal opinion, and attempt to get the charges against you dropped altogether.
The penalties for a stalking conviction are serious and will affect your life for years. Unless you consult a strong, knowledgeable defense lawyer, you run the risk of winding up with a criminal record, which will affect your ability to get jobs in the future.
South Florida defense lawyer Charles Mead has helped many people accused of stalking clear their good name. He will hear you out, examine the facts, and build a powerful case to defend you against even serious charges.
Free Initial Consultation - South Florida Stalking and Harassment Defense Lawyer
Call Boca Raton attorney Charlie Mead today for a no-cost initial consultation at (561) 362-6677 in Boca Raton, (561) 366-9565 in West Palm Beach, or (954) 493-7474 in Fort Lauderdale. Phone calls and messages are returned promptly.
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