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New Jersey Stalking Laws

Stalking is defined as a pattern of malicious behavior (not just a one-time event) intended to cause fear or apprehension in another individual. This may include repeatedly showing up at someone's place of work, making frequent phone calls, or other unwanted acts. Stalking often is charged against estranged spouses and partners. New Jersey stalking laws provide for automatic permanent restraining orders upon conviction.

The following table lists the basics of New Jersey's stalking laws. See Stalking to learn more about this crime.

Code Section 2C:12-10
Stalking Defined as Purposeful conduct directed at specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear bodily injury or death to himself or family member and knowingly, recklessly, or negligently places person in reasonable fear of bodily injury or death to himself or family member.
Punishment/Classification Crime of the 4th degree. If court order prohibiting the behavior: crime in the 3rd degree. Crime in 3rd degree if actor is serving term of imprisonment or while on parole or probation.
Penalty for Repeat Offense If 2nd or subsequent against same victim: crime in the 3rd degree
Arrest or Restraining Order Specifically Authorized by Statute? Stalking conviction acts as application for permanent restraining order
Constitutionally Protected Activities Exempted? Organized group picketing

Note: State laws are constantly changing -- contact a New Jersey criminal attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

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