New Jersey Stalking Lawyers
Stalking can generally be understood to be conduct in which an individual continually or repeatedly threatens, communicates, observes, or physically interferes with a person’s privacy or property.
New Jersey Stalking Offense
In New Jersey a person is said to be guilty of the offense of stalking if:
“he or she purposefully or knowingly engages in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear bodily injury to himself or a member of his immediate family or to fear the death of himself or a member of his immediate family.”
Like other crimes, the offense of stalking also has certain conditions that must be fulfilled in order to hold a person guilty of the offense of stalking.
- The conduct must be directed towards a specific person
- It must be repeated (more than once)
- A reasonable person must feel threatened by the other person’s behavior
If either of these conditions are not met a person should not be convicted for the offense of stalking.
In New Jersey, the crime of stalking is ordinarily a fourth degree offense, however a person can also be charged with stalking as a third degree offense if any of the following conditions compound the incident(s):
- A court order exists already prohibiting the conduct at the time of the offense
- the offense is a second or subsequent offense against the same victim
- the offense is committed while serving a jail sentence (or probation or parole) of a indictable offense of any state of United States
A conviction for the offense of fourth degree stalking could result in imprisonment for up to eighteen months, while a conviction of third degree stalking could mean a prison sentence of up to five years.
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