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Ways stalking can get you in trouble with the law

On Behalf of | Mar 29, 2024 | Criminal Defense

In the United States, stalking is considered a serious crime that involves a pattern of unwanted and harassing behavior toward another person, causing fear or emotional distress. In Florida, stalking is classified as a misdemeanor or felony offense, depending on the severity and circumstances of the stalking behavior.

Stalking can land you in trouble with the law in various ways. The following are several reasons that you could potentially get charged with stalking.

Threats or assault

If you happen to make threats of violence or physically assault the person you are stalking, you can face additional charges beyond stalking. Threats of harm, whether verbal or written can lead to charges of assault or even more serious offenses like aggravated assault, depending on the nature of the threat and the level of fear it instills in the victim. Physical assault, including acts of violence or bodily harm, escalates the situation and can result in charges of assault and battery which carry their own legal consequences.

Violation of restraining orders or protective orders

If the victim of stalking obtains a restraining order or protective order against you, any violation of that order can result in criminal charges. These orders typically prohibit you from contacting or approaching the victim, so any attempt to do so, even indirectly can lead to charges of contempt of court or violation of a protective order.

Violation of Privacy

Stalking often involves invading the victim’s privacy by monitoring their activities, gathering personal information about them, or using surveillance techniques to track their movements. These actions can potentially violate privacy laws and lead to charges related to invasion of privacy or unlawful surveillance.


Cyberstalking involves using digital platforms like social media, email or text messages to harass, threaten or monitor the victim. This can include sending unwanted messages, posting harmful content online, hacking accounts or tracking their online activities.

When faced with stalking charges, seeking legal guidance can help you understand your rights, manage the legal process and build a strong defense to protect your interests and secure a fair trial.