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Ohio Stalking Laws

A pattern of malicious behavior, such as repeatedly parking outside of someone's home with the intention of intimidating that person (after being told to stop), is considered "stalking." Stalking laws are often invoked in the context of domestic violence or otherwise among estranged partners. Ohio stalking laws charge the first offense as a first-degree misdemeanor, while repeat offenses are charged as fourth-degree felonies.

The basics of Ohio's stalking laws are listed below. See What is Domestic Violence? to learn more about stalking and related crimes.

Code Section 2903.211, .214 (menacing by stalking)
Stalking Defined as Knowingly causing another fear of physical harm or mental distress
Punishment/Classification Misdemeanor in 1st degree
Penalty for Repeat Offense Felony of 4th degree
Arrest or Restraining Order Specifically Authorized by Statute? Restraining order allowed
Constitutionally Protected Activities Exempted? -

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

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