What to know about stalking allegations

On Behalf of | Jan 20, 2018 | Criminal Defense |

An accusation of stalking may or may not come as a surprise to you, but now you find yourself in need of defense. Before you step into a courtroom, however, there are a few things you may want to know about what Kentucky’s laws say about stalking.

There are three main components in a stalking case: it intentionally targets a certain individual or group, it makes the person feel scared, annoyed or pressured and it doesn’t serve a lawful purpose. Stalking can take place in person, over the phone, online and by other forms of communication. Furthermore, a stalking case must involve two or more of these events to show a pattern.

There are a number of legally valid or invalid reasons that a person might accuse you of stalking. Many of these cases involve people who already know each other. Breakups, for example, create high emotions and tension between two people that may lead them to take extreme actions. An angry ex could try to harass you by bringing unnecessary charges against you. In other cases, a misunderstanding can surface between people who see the situation very differently.

Regardless of the reason for the charges, you will have a chance to explain what happened in the proceedings in your case. There are a range of evidence and arguments the prosecution might bring forward in stalking cases. You may have various options for challenging such arguments and evidence with the help of your criminal defense attorney.

The accuser may also request a temporary restraining order against you. Even if you know that the court will eventually find you innocent, it is wise to follow the legal limitations that the order places upon you. If you have questions about protective orders or defense against stalking allegations, you should ask an attorney for assistance.

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