Stalking is a very serious offense in Melbourne, Florida. You can be charged with stalking or aggravated stalking even if you do not intend to threaten someone with harm. As long as the contact is unwanted by the recipient, you can be found guilty of stalking. You must contact a Melbourne criminal defense lawyer if you have been charged with stalking or aggravating stalking in Melbourne, Cocoa Beach, or Cape Canaveral.
At the Law Offices of Germain & McCarthy, LLC, we represent clients accused of domestic violence and other violent crimes. Even though stalking is technically not a violent crime, it can potentially escalate to a violent crime in the eyes of the law. You must get stalking charges taken care of right away. They could stay on your criminal record and cause you trouble in the future. Contact us at (321) 253-3447 for a free consultation on how we can help you with your stalking allegations.
Florida Statutes Section 784.048 defines stalking as “repeatedly following, harassing an individual either in person or via the internet.”
Stalking raises to the level of aggravated stalking if someone repeatedly follows, harasses, or cyberstalks an individual with the intent to place that person in reasonable fear of death or bodily injury. You do not have to harass a specific individual. If you harass their friends, family members, children or spouse, with the intent of putting them in reasonable fear for their lives, then that is considered aggravated stalking.
Stalking is defined as a first-degree misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in prison and a possible $1000 fine.
Aggravated stalking is a third-degree felony punishable by a sentence of up to 5 years in a Florida state prison.
Convictions for stalking and aggravated stalking can cause you to get a criminal record and no contact orders filed against you. It is necessary to contact a Melbourne criminal defense attorney if you are charged with stalking or aggravated stalking.
If you have been charged with stalking or aggravating stalking in Melbourne, Satellite Beach, Merritt Island, Titusville, Viera, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa, Cocoa Beach, Indialantic, Indian Harbour Beach, Melbourne Beach, West Melbourne or Palm Bay, contact the Law Offices of Germain & McCarthy, LLC at (321) 253-3447 to get immediate legal representation. Only a Brevard County domestic violence attorney can help you. Once you outline the circumstance of your case to our lawyers, we can begin creating a defense to get the stalking charges dismissed or greatly reduced.