Conviction of any type of criminal charge will result in a mark on your record and penalties that could affect you for the rest of your life. It is important to know what you are facing, as this will allow you to develop a defense strategy best suited for your individual situation. Criminal charges, such as stalking, are a serious threat to your future, and you would be wise to take your current situation seriously.
Stalking typically involves a pattern of behavior involving the unwanted pursuit of another person. This may not seem like a serious crime, especially if no one has suffered physical harm. While these crimes may lack an element of violence, it does not mean that you could not face grave penalties if you are convicted. Developing the right defense strategy can start by understanding more about the specific charges you are up against.
Common elements in a stalking case
Stalking is the action of following someone or pursuing him or her in certain ways that cause duress or reason to fear harm. It typically involves multiple events over a period of time, such as repeatedly following someone, showing up at a residence uninvited and more. It can involve two people who know each other or have some connection, or it could involve strangers. In many cases, stalking charges stem from an ongoing domestic dispute or contentious family law situation.
Stalking cases also often involve domestic violence. It is common for stalking charges to come in conjunction with other types of charges, which will increase the severity of penalties the defendant is facing. Individuals charged with stalking may find themselves facing orders of protection, which is a court order that prohibits contact, close proximity to a specific person and other actions.
What direction should your defense take?
If you are charged with stalking or any type of criminal charge, it is in your interests to begin developing your defense strategy as soon as possible. An assessment of your individual situation can help you understand the most appropriate direction for your defense, allowing you to confront the case against you. While your situation is serious, a conviction or guilty plea is never your only option. You have the right to fight back, challenge the prosecution’s case and pursue the most beneficial outcome to your individual situation.