Oklahoma Stalking Laws

The extra attention we receive at the start of a new relationship can feel warm and flattering. But receiving unwelcome contact after a relationship has ended can feel dangerous or threatening. If this has happened to you, either from an ex or a stranger, there are laws in the Sooner State intended to punish and prevent stalking. Here's a quick introduction to stalking laws in Oklahoma.

Stalking Statutes in Oklahoma

State stalking laws can vary in terms of how they are obtained, what they prohibit, and how they are enforced. The following table lists the specifics of Oklahoma’s anti-stalking statutes.

Code Section

Oklahoma Statutes Title 21 §1173: Stalking

Stalking Defined as

Wilfully, maliciously, and repeatedly follows or harasses another in a manner that causes person to feel frightened, intimidated, threatened, etc., and actually causes such feelings

Punishment/Classification

Misdemeanor: punishable by maximum 1 year jail sentence and/or maximum $1,000 fine. If there is a court order, injunction, probation/parole conditions or preceding violation within 10 years: felony with a maximum fine of $2,500 and 5 year jail sentence

Penalty for Repeat Offense

Second act of stalking within 10 years: felony with a maximum fine of $2,500. If stalker commits an act of stalking in violation of §§(B) and (C): felony with fine between $2,500 and $10,000

Arrest or Restraining Order Specifically Authorized by Statute?

-

Constitutionally Protected Activities Exempted?

Yes.

In layperson’s terms, stalking is the unwanted pursuit of another person. Oklahoma’s stalking statute defines it as repeatedly following or harassing someone until they are frightened, intimidated, or threatened. This can include following a person to work, showing up at a person's home, making harassing phone calls, and, in some cases, vandalizing a person's property. Many stalking victims were previously romantically involved with their stalkers and have been, or may be, victims of domestic violence. If you are the victim of stalking or domestic abuse, Oklahoma courts can issue protective orders to help protect you.

Oklahoma Stalking Laws: Related Resources

Being stalked or harassed is a scary experience, and figuring out the legal system can help can feel overwhelming. If you would like legal advice regarding filing a protective order or a possible stalking matter, you can contact an experienced Oklahoma criminal law attorney in your area. You can also find more information and resources on this topic by visiting FindLaw’s sections on Criminal Charges and Domestic Violence.

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