New York City Stalking Defense Lawyer
If you or a loved one is under investigation, has been arrested or issued a desk appearance ticket for harassment or stalking, contact New York City Criminal Defense Lawyer Lance Fletcher as soon as possible. You may have an order of protection issued against you when you appear in court in addition to serious criminal penalties including jail, probation, fines, immigration consequences, a permanent record.
Generally, misdemeanor stalking occurs when a person intentionally, and for no legitimate purpose, engages in a course of conducted directed at a specific person, and knows that this conduct is likely to cause fear, or mental or economic harm. Stalking can be charged based on telephone calls, emails, text messages, twitter, face book messages, other communication. Additionally, it can be based on the alleged following of the victim or third party conduct. If you are facing a stalking case, you may not even be aware of the victim’s allegations or that it went “too far.” Plus, you may face more serious charges depending on the nature and quantity of evidence of threats or harassing conduct made to the alleged victim. For any subsequent offense, the charges may be elevated. A misdemeanor stalking case is punishable as described below, even for first time offenders. Typically, when you go to court for the first time, an order of protection is issued directing you to stay away from the alleged victim. If this order of protection is violated, this may constitute a separate criminal offense punishable by a separate and additional penalty. Call the Law Office of Lance Fletcher at 212-619-3900 for a free consultation.
Common New York Misdemeanor Stalking Charges:
- P.L. 120.45 - Stalking in the fourth degree
- P.L. 120.50 - Stalking in the third degree
Possible penalties for misdemeanor stalking can include the following:
- Jail - up to 1 year (P.L. 60.01)
- Probation - 3 years
- Jail and probation
- Interim probation supervision
- A permanent criminal record
- Community service
- DNA Sample
- Immigration consequences