Santa Barbara Stalking Attorney
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California regards the crime of stalking as repeated harassment that creates a credible threat of harm either from the victim or the victim’s immediate family. It is usually a pattern of malicious and willful behavior, rather than a one-time occurrence. According to the law, the crime includes repeatedly following or harassing another person and making the victim fear for his or her own safety.
If you’re facing a stalking charge, make sure to defend your rights and your reputation. Talk to one of our skilled Santa Barbara violent crimes attorneys about your case as soon as possible. The faster we learn of your case, the sooner we can begin to mount a defense on your behalf.
If you are convicted of stalking, you could face up to 1 year in jail and fines up to $1,000. However, in some cases, probation may be granted, or your sentence could be suspended on the condition you see a counselor. If you have been convicted of spousal or child abuse, violated a protection order, or making terroristic threats, you could face 2 to 5 years in state prison.
Repeated offenses usually result in more years spent imprisoned. All people convicted of stalking after an order of protection has been filed against them will also face a conviction for violating the court’s order in addition to the crime of stalking itself.
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In many criminal defense cases, time is of the essence. Let our experienced Santa Barbara criminal defense lawyers see what we can do to help you defend your rights and your freedom. A conviction of stalking could lead to years in prison and a mark on your permanent criminal record, which could make life harder for you when looking for employment or housing. Appel & Morse has 3 decades of legal experience to offer your case, and we are dedicated to providing tenacious advocacy for our clients.
At Appel & Morse, we work to ensure our clients understand what is happening with their cases and how to best defend their interests. Our mission is to obtain the best results based on a true understanding of each client's unique circumstances.