Georgia Stalking Laws
Stalking is defined as a pattern of behavior, not a single event, in which an individual causes fear or apprehension in another. For instance, a man who frequently follows his ex-wife around town and glares at her with a menacing look is committing the crime of stalking. Stalking charges often correllate with domestic violence cases. Georgia stalking laws classify the offense as a misdemeanor, with felony charges possible for extreme cases or repeat offenses.
To learn more about the main provisions of Georgia stalking laws, see the following table. See Stalking for a concise overview of the crime.
|Code Section||16-5-90, et seq.|
|Stalking Defined as||Following, surveillance, or contact with another to harass and intimidate. Aggravated stalking: stalking in violation of court order, bond, injunction or probation|
|Punishment/Classification||Misdemeanor. Aggravated stalking: felony; imprisonment minimum 1 year and maximum 10 years and fine maximum $10,000|
|Penalty for Repeat Offense||For 2nd and subsequent convictions: felony; imprisonment minimum 1 year and maximum 10 years|
|Arrest or Restraining Order Specifically Authorized by Statute?||Yes. Restraining order issued upon filing of petition setting forth probable cause.|
|Constitutionally Protected Activities Exempted?||Yes.|
Note: State laws are constantly changing -- contact a Georgia criminal defense attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.
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