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Charged with Stalking and Domestic Violence?

The crime of stalking is in violation of the California Penal Code Section 646.9. A stalking crime consists of threatening or harassing another to point where that individual fears for his safety. In the City of Los Angeles, it is not unusual to read about yet another celebrity being stalked by a crazed fan. Stalking can be quite intimidating to a person and often does instill great fear. Stalking in a domestic violence situation can quickly turn into a violent act of injury or murder. Harassment might be accomplished through stalking in person or by cyber stalking.

Stalking is commonly associated with celebrities but often occurs in domestic violence situations. If you have a stalking charge against you, it is important that you immediately contact a criminal defense lawyer who can advise you of your legal rights. Tyler & Wilson, LLP has knowledgeable and experienced attorneys who can effectively defend you against a stalking charge.

Penalties for Stalking

Courts deal with domestic violence charges differently than other charges. A domestic violence charge is a "wobbler" in that a prosecutor can file the case as either a misdemeanor or a felony. The penalties imposed would depend on the seriousness of the crime such as if the accused had prior stalking charges against the same or a different person.

If a new stalking charge were in violation of a prior court order or restraining order, the penalties would increase. A misdemeanor charge may result in jail time and fine. Often defendants ordered by a judge to probation and a counseling program. Based on the circumstances, a prosecutor could possibly decide that the stalking situation was serious enough to charge the defendant with a felony.

Enlist a Proven Defense Attorney in Los Angeles, CA

Stalking is a serious crime. Sometimes a stalking charge is erroneously based on revenge and false accusations. It is vital that you obtain legal advice from an experienced criminal defense lawyer who can fight for your rights and ensure that you receive fair and just treatment with the ultimate goal of the best possible outcome for you. Contact us today before the case progresses further. Contact our firm for relentless and strategic advocacy to protect your rights and interests if you are accused of stalking crimes.

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