Pennsylvania Stalking Laws
Stalking is a crime in all states, characterized as a pattern of malicious and willful behavior rather than a one-time event. The crime is often charged against estranged partners and spouses. Pennsylvania's stalking law defines the crime as repeated harassment that creates substantial emotional distress. Victims of stalking typically seek restraining orders (also called "orders of protection") to keep offenders away.
Below are the basic elements of Pennsylvania's stalking law. See Details on State Stalking Laws to learn more.
|Code Section||18 §2709.1|
|Stalking Defined as||Course of conduct or repeated acts without authorization with intent to place in reasonable fear or cause substantial emotional distress|
|Punishment/Classification||Misdemeanor of the 1st degree. If previously convicted of crime of violence against victim, family or household member: felony of the 3rd degree|
|Penalty for Repeat Offense||Felony of the 3rd degree|
|Arrest or Restraining Order Specifically Authorized by Statute?||-|
|Constitutionally Protected Activities Exempted?||Yes, labor disputes or any constitutionally protected activity|
Note: State laws are constantly changing -- please contact a Pennsylvania criminal defense attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.