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West Virginia Stalking Laws

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Code Section 61-2-9a
Stalking Defined as(1) knowingly, willfully and repeatedly follows and harasses, or (2) knowingly, willfully and repeatedly follows and makes credible threat, or (3) knowingly, willfully and repeatedly harasses and makes credible threat against a person with whom he or she has had a past relationship or would like to have a relationship
Punishment/ClassificationMisdemeanor: jail for maximum of 6 months and/or maximum fine of $1,000. Misdemeanor if stalks in violation of court order: county jail between 90 days and 1 year and/or fine between $2,000 and $5,000
Penalty for Repeat Offense If 2nd conviction within 5 years of prior conviction: county jail between 90 days and 1 year and/or fine between $2,000 and $5,000. If 3rd or subsequent within 5 years: felony; locked up in penitentiary between 1 and 5 years and/or fine between $3,000 and $10,000. If there is restraining order and convicted of 2nd or subsequent offense: county jail for 6 months to 1 year and/or fine between $2,000 and $5,000
Arrest or Restraining Order Specifically Authorized by Statute?Upon conviction, court may issue restraining order for period not to exceed 10 years
Constitutionally Protected Activities Exempted?Any labor disputes or other activities protected by the Constitution

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