Charged With Stalking? Do These 3 Things Now!
Charged With Stalking? Do These 3 Things Now! Stalking is a serious crime bearing serious consequences if found guilty of it. Examples of stalking include:
Perhaps you were unaware that some of these things can be considered stalking and you are innocent of any malintent. Either way, doing the following three things will greatly increase your odds of getting your stalking charge reduced or dropped.
- Following someone or showing up at (or even driving by) their property or place of employment
- Monitoring someone’s computer, phone, or social media activity
- Online harassment or cyberstalking
- Tracking someone via GPS
- Giving unwanted email, letters, or gifts
- Photographing or videotaping someone
- Gathering information about someone using public records, internet searches, private investigators, or through personal contacts
- Threatening someone or their family members, friends, or pets
- Damaging someone’s property
1. Avoid Any Contact With the Victim This is very important. Do not try to talk to the victim or have any contact whatsoever. Keep your distance lest you provide the prosecutor any further evidence of stalking.
2. Know Your Rights If you’ve been charged with stalking, you still have certain rights. Some of them include:
- You have the right to enter a plea of not guilty.
- You are presumed innocent throughout the trial until the prosecution presents evidence to prove you are guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
- You (or your attorney) have the right to confront and cross-examine witnesses at your trial (should you have one).
- You have the right to present evidence in your own defense.
- You have the right to remain silent and your silence cannot be used against you.
- After the trial, you have the right to appeal to a higher court.
3. Get a Good Defense Lawyer As soon as you are charged, get yourself a good, experienced defense attorney, one that knows the ins and outs of local stalking laws and is familiar with solid defense tactics. Common defenses include:
If you’ve been charged with stalking, contact The Law Office of Bradley Corbett for a free consultation!
- The victim did not act reasonably when developing a belief of fear.
- The offender’s activity is constitutionally protected.
- The victim either intentionally or mistakenly identified the wrong person.
- The victim lied about details.
- Failure to prove each element of the crime beyond a reasonable doubt.
Bradley Corbett is a criminal defense attorney in San Diego. He graduated from Brigham Young University in Provo Utah in 2004. Later he enrolled at Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego where he participated in a prestigious internship program with the Los Angeles County Public Defender. Since then he has handled over 2,000 cases.