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Harassment and Stalking

Being accused of harassment or stalking is a serious legal situation. Whatever difficult personal circumstances lead to this accusation, you need to protect yourself in court from potentially serious penalties.

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If  you think there was some misunderstanding, or you showed bad judgement at a difficult time in your life, we can help work through this problem.

Or you may be innocent, and be accused of something by a vengeful or troubled person in your life.

Either way, the problem isn’t going to go away by itself. Call today for a legal consultation on any Alabama harassment or stalking charge.

Harassment and Stalking Laws

The Alabama legal code states that a person is guilty of the crime of harassment if they are intentionally seeking to harass, to annoy, or alarm another person by physical contact like striking, kicking, or other forms of touch. You can also be charged with harassment if you have made an obscene gesture that is directed toward another human being or have used offensive language directed at another individual. Threatening another person verbally and non-verbally with the intent to carry out said threat is also considered harassment. This form of harassment is a Class C misdemeanor.

You can also be charged with harassing communications offenses in Alabama. The law states that person who has the intent to harass, annoy, or alarm another person and communicates by mail, telephone, or other forms of either written or electronic communication is guilty of committing harassment. This also is a Class C misdemeanor. A great example of this would be to call up an ex-boyfriend or girlfriend and leave obscene messages on their cell phone or to text those messages to their phone.

Stalking is when a person intentionally and repeatedly follows or harasses a person and makes a credible threat against that person, whether directly expressed or implied, with the intent to place that person in reasonable fear of death or serious bodily harm. Someone who repeatedly shows up at different locations a person frequents while that person is there with the intent to follow and possibly cause harm is a stalker. Stalkers also make threats that instill fear into the victims they follow.

Aggravated stalking occurs when a person who has formerly violated the Alabama stalking law and has had a restraining order filed on them then violates that court order. This offense is a Class B felony.

Penalties for Harassment and Stalking in Alabama

Both harassment and harassing communications offenses are classified as Class C misdemeanors. If you are convicted of a Class C misdemeanor, you could be locked up for a period of 90 days or three months. Most Class C misdemeanors also carry a fine of up to $500 depending on the circumstances and the judge presiding over your case.

Stalking offenses are considered Class C felonies, which if convicted, could put you in jail for a maximum of 10 years and a $15,000 fine. Aggravated stalking is a more serious crime and is a Class B felony, which carries a sentence of up to 20 years and a $30,000 fine.

Legal Defense for Harassment and Stalking Offenses

Stalking charges are serious business. If you have been charged with stalking or harassment, you need to seek legal counsel immediately. An attorney will go over all of the facts in the case and over the evidence to determine the best strategy to defend your rights. A good attorney can also help to guarantee that your rights are protected and that every aspect of your trial from jury selection to presentation of evidence is fair and balanced.