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Stalking Crimes in Ohio

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 stalking crimes attorney at (216) 220-6776 to get the legal representation you deserve today.

What Is Considered Stalking in Ohio?

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 in Ohio

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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The Cleveland stalking crimes attorneys at HMW Law are distinguished advocates who have been included in the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Lawyers. Our firm has an A+ grade from the BBB because we are committed to client service and providing the very best in legal advice and representation.

Call our firm today at (216) 220-6776 and our Cleveland stalking crimes lawyers can prepare a strong defense for your case.

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