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Illinois Stalking Laws

Each state has an anti-stalking law on the books, making it a crime to intentionally and repeatedly follow someone for the purpose of harassing that person with threats of violence. Celebrities often invoke stalking laws, as do former spouses or partners, along with the use of protective orders. Illinois stalking laws characterize aggravated stalking -- a class 3 felony -- as that which results in (or is in conjunction with) bodily harm to the victim.

Read more about Illinois' stalking laws in the table below. See Stalking to for more general information about the crime.

Code Section Ch. 720 §5/12-7.3
Stalking Defined as Knowingly and without lawful justification follows or surveils another on at least 2 separate occasions and threatens or places in reasonable apprehension; Aggravated stalking is stalking in conjunction with causing bodily harm, confining or restraining victim or violating court order or injunction.
Punishment/Classification Aggravated stalking: Class 3 felony; Stalking: Class 4 felony
Penalty for Repeat Offense 2nd or subsequent conviction: Class 3 felony
Arrest or Restraining Order Specifically Authorized by Statute? -
Constitutionally Protected Activities Exempted? Picketing or exercise of the right of free speech or assembly that is otherwise lawful

Note: State laws are constantly changing -- contact an Illinois domestic violence attorney or criminal defense lawyer, or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

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