District of Columbia Stalking Laws
|Stalking Defined as||Intent to cause emotional distress or place in reasonable fear of death or bodily injury by repeated following or harassing; or willfully or maliciously and repeatedly follows or harasses.|
|Punishment/Classification||Fined maximum $500 and/or imprisonment maximum 1 year. If court order pending: must give bond for maximum 1 year.|
|Penalty for Repeat Offense||If within 2 years of 1st conviction: fine up to 1.5 times maximum fine authorized and imprisonment up to 1.5 times maximum term authorized. If convicted more than once: fine up to 3 times maximum fine authorized and imprisonment up to 3 times maximum term|
|Arrest or Restraining Order Specifically Authorized by Statute?||-|
|Constitutionally Protected Activities Exempted?||Yes; conduct by a party to a labor dispute in furtherance of labor or management objectives in that dispute|
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