San Diego Stalking Defense Attorney
The crime of stalking usually occurs when the parties know each other and have been in an intimate relationship that has gone sour. It is always hard to let go. But sometimes, we go overboard and find ourselves doing things we never even dreamed of. Following an ex-spouse, spying on emails, and intercepting phone messages can all lead to charges of stalking or harassment.
You may not even realize that you could have stalking charges filed against you for your actions, which is why it is crucial that you obtain the counsel of a San Diego defense lawyer who can stand up for your rights and ensure your freedoms are safeguarded.
Types of Penalties for Stalking
The legal implications you may be facing for stalking charges can be severe. Penalties will depend upon whether you have a prior criminal record and the severity of the offense.
A charge can carry the following repercussions and consequences:
- Fine of up to $1000
- County jail sentence of up to 1 year
In cases where the stalking is in violation of a restraining order, it is considered to be a felony offense with a state prison sentence of 2, 3, or 4 years. For aggravated stalking (when violence is involved), it is a felony offense with a prison sentence of at least 1 year.
Turn to Our San Diego Stalking Defense Lawyer
At JD Law, we are leaders in our field of criminal law defense. As a board certified criminal law specialist, Attorney James N. Dicks is widely unsurpassed in his knowledge, expertise, and skill dealing with all criminal matters. He has more than 30 years of criminal law experience and has handled hundreds of criminal trials. If you are seeking highly competent, quality legal counsel in San Diego, please take the time to call our office and schedule a free initial consultation.
Hiring your attorney could be one of the most important decisions you make. Don't just rely on a word of mouth referral or hire someone you know because of the minimal cost. The research you do in hiring your attorney could be the difference between a conviction that may follow you for the rest of your life, and being acquitted or having the charges dropped before trial.
Call us now to schedule a private, confidential appointment where we can answer all your questions and help you get the peace of mind you deserve.