If you are charged with Stalking, it is likely this incident stemmed from a situation where emotions were high due to the relationships involved. Law enforcement officers often make quick decisions based on a simple misunderstanding or incident where your actions are misinterpreted. Ms. Odama understands that someone charged with Stalking feels embarrassed; worried about their reputation, and may feel the whole world is against them. Having the right attorney by your side is critical in getting the best outcome in court. Call Ms. Odama today for a free consultation.
Stalking is often charged as a crime of Domestic Violence (DV) due to the relationships of the parties. DV is a broad category offenses committed against a family or household member, or someone with whom the defendant has had a dating relationship. Law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and the court system take DV related offenses extremely seriously and often imposed enhanced penalties upon conviction.
- Stalking is a form of criminal Harassment under Washington law. Stalking means if you acted without lawful authority and:
- You intentionally and repeatedly harass or follow another person; and
- That person is placed in reasonable fear that you intend to injure them or their property; and
- You know or should know that the person is afraid, intimidated, or harassed – even if you do not intend to frighten or intimidate them.
See RCW 9a.46.110.
Stalking is usually charged as a gross misdemeanor punishable up to 364 days in jail and a $5,000 fine. However, if you have a prior stalking or harassment charge or you commit a stalking offense while a valid protection or restraining order is in place, you may face Class C felony charges.
Being charged with Stalking can be extremely stressful and can affect your ability to find work, your relationships, and your life. It is very important to have an experienced criminal defense attorney by your side. Call Ms. Odama today for a free consultation.