Thanks to movies like Greta and Fatal Attraction, stalkers have become a figure of desperation and terror. Practically all states have anti-stalking laws that criminalize this behavior, but this increased awareness is a double-edged sword for those who have been wrongly accused or were genuinely unaware that their conduct was illegal.
What Exactly Is Stalking?
Maine Revised Statutes Title 17-A, §210-A defines stalking as deliberately engaging in at least two specific acts (e.g. following, threatening, harassing) that causes or would reasonably cause the victim to:
When the stalking occurs between family members or people who shared a household within the six months prior to the stalking, Maine law defines it as domestic violence stalking.
5 Examples of Stalking in Maine
Below is an overview of 5 fictional scenarios that meet the criteria of stalking, provided they are done repeatedly or frequently.
In Maine, stalking is a typically a Class D crime punishable by up to 364 days in jail and a $2,000 fine. Anyone with one or more prior convictions faces conviction for a Class C offense, which entails up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine. In either case, they will have a criminal record that can harm their employment prospects, access to housing, and chances of getting custody of their children in a divorce or separation.
If you are accused of stalking, there are several defenses that can be presented by an experienced attorney. They could argue that the accusations aren’t credible or that your actions would not cause a reasonable person to be afraid. Some activities (for example, yelling at or heckling a political figure) can be presented as Constitutionally-protected free speech.
Contact a Maine Criminal Defense Attorney
At Maine Criminal Defense Group, we provide aggressive defense for clients who have been arrested for or accused of stalking. We also represent those who have been served with restraining orders due to stalking allegations. When you work with the attorneys at Maine Criminal Defense Group, you get experienced advocates who will defend your legal rights and fight to get the charges against you dropped or dismissed. For immediate and efficient legal representation, call us at 207-571-8146.
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