Gillette Stalking Defense Attorney
Stalking is a crime that has been getting more attention nowadays, especially due to social media. Being accused or charged with stalking is a serious offense in Wyoming. It can do a great deal of harm to your reputation, and sometimes even an accusation is enough for you to lose your job.
If you’re under suspicion for stalking, get the help of a qualified Gillette trial attorney right away. At Steven Titus & Associates, P.C., we understand how a misunderstanding, or being in the wrong place at the wrong time, can ruin your good name. Call (307) 257-7800 today to schedule a free consultation.
Gillette is a small community, and news travels fast. Being accused of a crime, especially one with a social stigma like stalking, can make it extremely hard to live here. That’s why a strong defense is your best bet. Waiting and hoping that the legal system will work in your favor is asking for trouble.
Stalking is legally defined in Wyoming as criminal behavior that involves following, surveilling, or communicating with a person with the intent to harass him or her. This is a broad, ambiguous definition, so what seems like innocent behavior to one person could be interpreted as harassment by someone else.
The types of behavior that qualify as stalking include the unwanted following of a person; waiting for a person outside his or her residence, school, place of employment, or other location with the intent of confronting him or her; sending threatening or harassing letters, emails, voicemails, notes, or other messages; and vandalizing that person’s property.
Wyoming courts have a hard time looking at just one action to determine whether or not it rises to the level of stalking, so they will normally look at the overall relationship between the accuser and the accused. This means your entire history with the accuser may be examined. You can be sure your accuser will be offering up every possible example of how your behavior has crossed the line, and you will need a capable legal team working on your behalf.
Normally, stalking will be charged as a misdemeanor. The penalty for a first-time offense can include six months in jail and a $750 fine.
But the defendant can be charged with a felony if he caused bodily harm during the commission of the crime, was on probation for another crime, or is on parole or bail. If there was a protection order in place, prohibiting contact with the victim, it’s also a felony. The penalties for felony stalking include up to ten years in jail. If this is the second stalking conviction within five years, you can also be sentenced to up to ten years in jail.
Usually, an accusation of stalking is made when there is a lot of raw emotion between two people, such as following a break-up or while going through a divorce. Sometimes, people falsely accuse their former partners of stalking because they want revenge. To them, the truth doesn’t matter as long as your reputation has been ruined.
At Steven Titus & Associates, P.C., our trial lawyers understand that the best way to build a credible defense is to understand the situation and the history of the parties involved. We’re committed to taking the time necessary to become familiar with your case. We believe everyone is innocent until proven guilty, and all our clients deserve exceptional legal service.
Contact one of our Gillette criminal defense attorneys today at (307) 257-7800 to schedule a free and confidential consultation.
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