Stalking Crimes in OH
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Stalking is criminal behavior and can threaten victims with fears of assault, violence, abuse or any other type of unwanted action. The state of Ohio includes serious penalties for stalking in order to protect people from feeling threatened with imminent harm. Unfortunately, stalking charges often arise out of misunderstandings or miscommunications.
If you have been charged with stalking, call our Cleveland criminal defense attorney to get the legal representation you deserve today.
What Is Considered Stalking?
Stalking is a pattern of repeated and unwanted attention, harassment, or contact.
It can include any of the following behaviors:
- Following someone
- Appearing at a person's home or place of work
- Making unwanted and frightening contact with a person through the phone, mail, and/or email
- Harassing someone over the internet
- Threatening a person, their children, relatives, or friends
- Sending unwanted gifts to a person
- Intimidating someone
- Vandalizing a person's property
Penalties for Stalking Crimes
Stalking often falls under domestic violence and in such a case, the prosecution will attempt to prove you pose an imminent threat to someone else. This is a menacing charge and can carry up to 30 days in jail with up to $250 in fines. A threat of serious harm upgrades the crime to aggravated menacing which is punishable by up to 6 months in jail and up to $1,000 in fines.
Menacing by stalking involves a repeated pattern of menacing. If the victim is a minor, the charge is elevated to a felony which could mean upwards of 18 months in prison and $5,000 in fines.
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