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South Carolina Stalking Laws

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Code Section 16-3-1700. et. seq.
Stalking Defined asPattern of words or conduct that causes fear of death, assault, bodily injury, criminal sexual contact, kidnapping, or property damage to victim or victim's family member. Aggravated stalking is stalking accompanied by an act of violence
Punishment/ClassificationMisdemeanor punishable by maximum fine of $1,000 and/or maximum prison term of 1 year. If injunction or order: misdemeanor punishable by maximum fine of $2,000 and/or maximum prison term of 2 years. Aggravated stalking is a felony punishable by maximum fine of $5,000 and/or maximum prison term of 5 years. Engaging in aggravated stalking when there is an injunction or order: felony with maximum fine of $7,000 and/or maximum prison term of 10 years. Note: Other criminal and civil remedies may be available.
Penalty for Repeat Offense Stalking: If within 7 years, considered felony with maximum fine of $5,000 and/or maximum prison term of 5 years. Aggravated stalking: If within 7 years, considered felony with maximum fine of $10,000 and/or maximum prison term of 15 years
Arrest or Restraining Order Specifically Authorized by Statute?Restraining order authorized, police may arrest someone for violating a restraining order without a warrant
Constitutionally Protected Activities Exempted?Constitutionally protected activity is not included within the meaning of "course of conduct"

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