Stalking Charges in Miami, FL
Why was I charged?
Stalking is a crime under section 784.048 of the Florida statutes. It involves "willfully, maliciously, and repeatedly" following, harassing or cyber-stalking another person, and is a first degree misdemeanor which carries a penalty of up to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine. In addition to this sentence, you would end up with a criminal record which could follow you for years into the future, possibly interfering with your options for credit, housing or even employment. With the help of a Miami criminal defense lawyer from Seltzer Law, PA you stand the best chance of avoiding penalties such as those described above.
Beyond a normal stalking charge, you can be arrested for cyberstalking if you intentionally communicate words, images or language through email, online chat or other means of electronic communication with the purpose of causing another person to experience substantial emotional distress, and without any legitimate purpose. Any form of stalking which includes making a credible threat which places the victim in fear of death or bodily injury for self or a family member can be charged as a third degree felony, punishable by a $5,000 fine and five years in state prison.
Miami Criminal Defense Attorney Fights Allegations
Many people are arrested and convicted of stalking on the basis of false allegations. You may not have violated the law and the charges you face may be based on exaggerated claims or an attempt to gain an advantage in a domestic situation such as a divorce or the break-up of a relationship. In these instances, an experienced defense team can be to your distinct advantage. We provide representation to Florida residents as well as people from around the U.S.
Our team operates in a slightly different manner than many firms in that we take the charges against you and our responsibility in defending them very seriously—you are not just a case file. We make ourselves available to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and don't use a phone service, as we know that you may need our help at any time.