The Consequences of a Stalking Conviction

Stalking is a serious offense that can make victims feel violated and frightened. Unfortunately, accusations of stalking are not always accurate or fair. In these cases, the accused person can suffer from harsh penalties despite the fact that he or she has not done anything wrong. If you have been arrested on stalking charges, your future may hang in the balance.

Austin criminal defense lawyer Ian Inglis is committed to helping each of his clients to obtain a fair and just trial. Contact Ian Inglis at (512) 472-1950 to begin working with an attorney who can offer you the skilled and experienced legal representation that you deserve.

A Serious Crime and Punishment

It is only within the past few decades that stalking has really come into focus and been codified by statutes. As a result, there is not always a clear precedent set for a case. This is troubling because of the highly subjective nature of stalking complaints. Accusations of stalking should always be taken very seriously, as a conviction may have the following consequences:

  • 2-10 year state prison sentence for a first conviction
  • 2-20 year state prison sentence for subsequent convictions
  • Fines in either circumstance up to $10,000

In order to convict the defendant, the prosecution needs evidence of both behavior and intent. This means that the defendant should not be convicted unless he or she deliberately took threatening or harmful actions against the alleged victim.

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