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Stalking involves harassing, threatening, or engaging in behavior that a reasonable person would interpret as threatening. There are many factors that must be met in order for a person's actions to be interpreted as stalking.
Stalking & Harassment Defense Lawyers in Maine located in Portland & Kennebunk

Your actions must be interpreted by the average person to threaten one of the following according to §210-A of Maine’s criminal code:

  1. To suffer serious inconvenience or emotional distress;
  2. To fear bodily injury or to fear bodily injury to a close relation;
  3. To fear death or to fear the death of a close relation;
  4. To fear damage or destruction to or tampering with property; or
  5. To fear injury to or the death of an animal owned by or in the possession and control of that specific person.

Actions can be anything from e-mails and phone calls to following the alleged victim. For these reasons, it can be easy for a misunderstanding to occur. In fact, the offender does not have to be aware that their actions are causing distress in order to be charged with stalking.

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Domestic Violence and Stalking in Maine

When an offense like stalking occurs between two people with an intimate relationship, it can be considered domestic violence. Maine law defines a close relationship as “a current or former spouse or domestic partner, parent, child, sibling, stepchild, stepparent, grandparent, any person who regularly resides in the household or who within the prior 6 months regularly resided in the household or any person with a significant personal or professional relationship” [2007, c. 685, §1 (AMD).]

There are many charges that are associated with domestic violence but do not actually involve violent behaving. Offenses like stalking involve harassment and threats, but that does not mean that they are minor charges. A stalking offense can be charged as a class C or D felony and can carry serious consequences. If there is a history of domestic violence or the stalking is a violation of a protective order, the offense could be increased a class.

What is a stalking charge in Maine?

As mentioned earlier, there are specific circumstances that lead to stalking charges. The following factors all need to be present for a charge to stick. These factors include that you must have displayed a course of misconduct, the victim undergoing emotional distress and the victim undergoing serious inconvenience to avoid the stalking or harassment actions.

Course of Conduct

In order for actions to be considered stalking, they must demonstrate a pattern. Maine law states that 2 or more acts can be considered a pattern. These acts can include anything such as directly or indirectly following the alleged victim or observing, threatening, harassing, monitoring or communicating with them in any way. Actions can also include implied threats by gaining access to the alleged victim’s personal information or communicating or threatening acquaintances.

Emotional Distress

Stalking charges allege that you cause emotional distress to the alleged victim. This is a very broad term and no physical symptoms of distress or mental health diagnosis is needed to claim that you are inflicting distress on the person. These measures are put in place to help victims, but it can also lead to false accusations as there is no way to really disprove another person’s emotions.

Serious Inconvenience

In some cases, stalking charges can occur when the victim feels that avoiding contact with the offender would lead to a serious inconvenience. This means that before contacting the police, the alleged victim took measures like phone number changing, changing where mail is sent, avoiding certain places, changing everyday routines, etc. in order to avoid you.

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Penalties for Stalking in Maine

A stalking conviction can have serious penalties and can lead to a felony conviction on your criminal record. Stalking offenses are either Class C or D offenses.

  • The penalties for a Class C crime include up to 5 years in jail and $5,000 in fines.
  • Class D crimes can lead to a year in jail and $2,000 in fines.

In addition, you could also be issued restraining or protective orders that make contact with the victim a felony offense. When dealing with stalking charges, the classification of your crime also depends on your past criminal record. If you have previously been convicted of stalking or another domestic violence charge, the penalties will be even steeper.

Contact a stalking & harassment defense lawyer in Maine

If you have been accused of stalking or harassment in Maine, you have options. Our criminal defense firm works to not only assist people who are facing criminal charges but to help them build strong defenses. Our attorneys know that an arrest does not mean that you are guilty. We are highly experienced in all areas of domestic violence and have a deep understanding of Maine law. Using our collective knowledge and past experiences, we can provide you with superior legal representation. Contact us directly online or call us at (207) 571-8146 and let us help you get your life back.

Call 207-571-8146 or contact us online to schedule a consult with one of our highly skilled criminal defense attorneys today.

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