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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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