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California Penal Code Section 646.9(A) Stalking

California Penal Code Section 646.9(A) StalkingBased on Penal Code §646.9(a), it is illegal to harass, follow, or threaten other people. In order to break the law, the alleged victim must be threatened in a way that will make him or her fear for his or her safety. When facing stalking charges, it is absolutely necessary to obtain the proficient support of a well-established criminal defense attorney. Southern California’s premier criminal defense attorneys at Milligan, Beswick, Levine & Knox, LLP can provide you the representation you deserve.

Milligan, Beswick, Levine & Knox, LLP is a reputable law firm with many years of dedicated experience representing clients in a variety of criminal cases, including stalking charges. Being convicted of stalking can have serious consequences, therefore, it is important to take immediate action and obtain proficient legal representation. Consider obtaining the support of Milligan, Beswick, Levine & Knox, LLP today. Schedule your complimentary case evaluation by completing the online contact form here.

California’s Anti-Stalking Laws

In order to be found guilty of stalking in the State of California, the prosecution will need to show that the defendant:

  • Harassed and/or repeatedly followed the alleged victim; and
  • Made threats toward the alleged victim in a way that made him or her fear for his or her safety and that of his or her family.

It is important to note that a person cannot be convicted of stalking when his or her actions are protected under the U.S. Constitution.

Potential Penalties for a Stalking Conviction

A misdemeanor conviction for stalking is punishable for up to a year in county jail and a fine of up to a thousand dollars. Stalking, however, is also a crime that is punishable in accordance with the state’s Three Strikes sentencing scheme. When convicted of felony stalking without additional enhancement, the punishment may carry a sentence of up to three years in state prison as well as a fine of up to ten thousand dollars.

The following are offenses generally charged alongside stalking charges and are described to be as “related”:

  • “Revenge Porn” – PC §647(j)(4)(A)
  • Kidnapping – PC §207(a)
  • Annoying Calls – PC §653m(a)
  • Harmful Matter Sent to Minors – PC §288.2(a)(1)
  • Criminal Threats – PC §422(a)
  • Making Harmful Online Posts – PC §653.2(a)

Obtain Proficient Legal Representation

When it comes to stalking, the State of California has very strict laws. When convicted of this crime, the consequences can be far reaching. For this reason, it is absolutely necessary to seek the legal support of a professional criminal defense attorney who has the experience to handle these types of sensitive cases.

The criminal defense attorneys at Milligan, Beswick, Levine & Knox, LLP are exceptionally versed in representing those charged with stalking crimes and related offenses. The law firm may be able to negotiate a favorable outcome that can include a reduced charge or even a case dismissal. When facing stalking charges, consider obtaining the support of Milligan, Beswick, Levine & Knox, LLP. Schedule a complimentary case evaluation with the law firm by completing the online contact form here.

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