If you’ve been arrested on suspicion of stalking, you are probably wondering what comes next. In the state of Florida, stalking is considered a form of harassment. Under criminal code 784.048, it is defined as "repeatedly following, harassing, or cyber stalking an individual." As such, there are many different ways in which an individual can end up behind bars for such behavior – from menacing a person’s Facebook or email account, to following someone everywhere they go. However, there are instances in which a case of mistaken identity or genuine confusion lands someone in jail. Whatever the case may be, you’ll need a strong and knowledgeable criminal defense attorney at your side to prevent further loss of freedoms.
Contact the Jacksonville FL criminal defense team at Farah & Farah to review your case options. Despite what many law enforcement officials may say or suggest, you do have rights and we will help you utilize them. Don’t wait for the prosecution to throw the book at you. With our insight, experience and tenacity you’ll be able to successfully fend off these charges and move on with your life. So don’t wait another moment, contact our office today and schedule an appointment. Dial 855-797-9899 or submit your information online and we will contact you shortly.
Is There a Difference Between Stalking And Aggravated Stalking in Florida?
Yes – and it significant. Stalking is repeated and malicious behavior that causes the person being followed to feel a considerable amount of emotional distress. As you can imagine, aggravated stalking is this action amplified. If you’ve been charged with aggravated stalking, the harassment is more than likely connected to previous incidents, is far more aggressive in nature and causes the victim to fear for his or her own life. Keep in mind that any member of a family can be harassed in such a manner. Children can be victims of stalking as well.
What Can Happen if I am Convicted of Stalking?
This depends greatly on the degree of your charge. If you are found guilty of stalking, you could face up to a year in prison and up to $1000 fine, not to mention court costs. If on the other hand you are found guilty of aggravated stalking, you could be looking at a maximum of 5 years in prison and fines in excess of a few thousand. This of course does not take into consideration the terrible personal and professional damage such a conviction can have on your life.
When Should I Call Farah & Farah?
We recommend as soon as possible. The state will waste little time in building their case against you. The longer you wait to retain proper representation, the harder it will be to defend your interests. Call a Florida criminal defense lawyer at our office today and get the counsel you need, before it is too late. The number to call is 855-797-9899.