Have You Been Arrested on a Rhode Island Criminal Stalking Charge?
Diligently seek out the help of an expert defense attorney in Rhode Island. John R. Grasso has helped to resolve countless cases of stalking accusations, so that defendants can get on with their lives.
Definition of Stalking:
Rhode Island Code Chapter 11-59-1 defines Stalking as the following:
- When someone continuously carries out a series of actions that would:
- Offend, harass, threaten or cause someone else to fear for his/her life or welfare, or that of his/her family members. It could also mean that these action would cause someone great emotional distress
- The offender must have also committed these actions willfully or maliciously
Stalking can be carried out through several means – on the internet, phone, mail or in-person.
- Sending a threat via text message
- Telephoning someone on a repeated basis
Other examples of stalking are:
- Hiding in wait or following someone near his/or place of work
- Repeatedly visiting someone’s home
- Sending gifts to someone else constantly, and these are unwanted
- An obsession with collecting clippings or items that belong to a particular individual
What Are the Consequences of Rhode Island Stalking Charges?
Stalking is a felony that is punishable in Rhode Island by:
- Up to $10,000 in fines, and/or
- Up to 5 years in prison
Contact an Aggressive Stalking Defense Attorney in Rhode Island
Many cases of stalking have no basis, and are reported out of malice or revenge. In other instances, it’s a real threat.
If you’re accused of stalking, you’re likely to face hefty sentencing. A skilled lawyer can however serve up the evidence in your favor to reduce or dismiss fines.
In addition, stalking can sometimes be related to domestic violence, wherein defendants are going up against more than one charge. The prosecution will have to prove that the accused willfully stalked the victim. It could be that the accused was simply hanging around to see his/her child/children if no visitation arrangements were made.
Other defenses for Rhode Island stalking include mistaken identity, or false accusations as discussed above.
An harassment that happens due to a credible reason, such as getting constant phone calls from a marketing company doesn’t count as stalking. However, there are other consumer protection laws in place that allow you to withdraw your contact details from such marketing lists.