Criminal Defense Topics
What is Stalking
The charge of stalking can be made when someone communicates in person, or via other means of communication including, but not limited to, telephone, mail, notes, email, and online posts. An intimidating physical presence or gestures can also be considered to be forms of stalking.
A key element in deciding if behaviors qualify as stalking is assessing the intended result of actions. This means that a person claiming they are being stalked must establish a reasonable belief that they feel intimidated, threatened, or fearful of physical harm.
Georgia Laws on Stalking
Per Georgia Code 16-5-90 (a)(1), stalking occurs when an individual "follows, places under surveillance, or contacts another person at or about a place or places without the consent of the other person for the purpose of harassing and intimidating the other person."
What is Aggravated Stalking
In Georgia, the charge "aggravated stalking" can be made when a person violates a protective order or restraining order, or terms of parole, probation, or other court orders restricting or blocking contact. In Georgia, aggravated stalking (O.C.G.A. § 17-6-110) is a felony crime with a sentence potentially being up to 10 years in prison, plus fines.
If you have been charged with any form of stalking call you should contact an attorney as soon as possible. Our law firm can take prompt action to represent you with a vigorous defense against criminal charges. We invite you to call 770-956-1400 or contact us online and request a consultation.