Parsippany Stalking Charge Lawyer - N.J.S. 2C:12-10
Criminal Defense Attorney in New Jersey
In the state of New Jersey, a person commits the crime of stalking when he or she intentionally carries out a "course of conduct" that targets a certain person, when such action would reasonably cause someone to fear for his or her safety or for the safety of a third party. It is also considered stalking when such action would reasonably cause someone emotional distress.
As taken from the New Jersey Code of Criminal Justice §2C:12-10, here are examples of the type of conduct that can be considered stalking (carried out in a way that would cause fear or distress):
- Remaining in close proximity to the victim (physically or visually)
- Monitoring or conducting surveillance of the victim
- Threatening the victim (verbally or through writing)
- Interfering with the victim's property
- Repeatedly harassing the victim
As an experienced Parsippany criminal defense attorney, I know that there are two sides to every story. There are many situations—especially in domestic disputes—in which the alleged "victim" is simply making false or exaggerated claims in order to harm the other person. In other situations, the alleged stalking incident might simply be based on of a misunderstanding. By bringing your stalking charges to my firm, The Law Offices of Christopher G. Porreca, P.C., you and I can work together to determine what the next step is in your criminal defense.
Understanding the Possible Repercussions
Stalking is generally counted as a crime in the fourth degree, though it can be counted as a crime in the third degree if the alleged offender was on probation, on parole or imprisoned at the time of the alleged offense. If you are convicted, you will not only have a stalking offense on your record, but you will also have a permanent restraining order filed against you. This means that you will be ordered by the court to refrain from contacting or coming near the alleged victim for a lengthy period of time, with any violation of the order leading to penalties. If prosecutors cannot prove the appropriate factors of a stalking offense in your case, it could be possible to avoid a conviction and a restraining order.
Contact The Law Offices of Christopher G. Porreca, P.C. as soon as possible after learning that you are being accused of stalking. I can serve as an aggressive advocate on your behalf!