Atlanta Stalking Attorney

You communicated with an individual and now you are facing criminal charges for stalking. This is a criminal charge involving repeated behavior. The repeated behavior is unwanted by the individual you communicate with.

According to Georgia’s criminal statute 16-5-90, you can be accused of stalking for committing the type of repeated behavior that places an individual under emotional distress. The communication with the victim is considered contact done to intimidate or harass.

Contact refers to reaching an alleged victim, not only in person but also by:

To intimate or harass in a stalking charge means the alleged victim endured emotional distress. You actions allegedly place them in fear of their lives and their family’s safety. Intimidation and harassment were done for no reason.

Stalking Charge in Atlanta Georgia

Under certain situations, you can be accused of this crime in Atlanta Georgia if you:

The Punishment for Stalking in Atlanta Georgia Depends on whether it is a First or Second Offense

The punishment for this crime in Atlanta Georgia depends on whether you are accused of stalking for the first or second time. If you are convicted of a first time stalking charge, you are facing a misdemeanor. A misdemeanor punishment is a criminal sentence of 12 months in county jail and a fine ranging from $500 to $1,000.

If this is your second charge and conviction, you are facing a felony punishment. This means prison time. The criminal sentence is one to 10 years in prison.

Aggravated Stalking is a different Type of Criminal Charge in Atlanta Georgia

It is important to note that a simple stalking case is different from an aggravated stalking charge. You do not want to be in the middle of this case and be accused of a more serious criminal charge of aggravated stalking.

An alleged victim in a stalking case can obtain a no-contact order, this is called a protective or restraining order. The order is given by a judge to prevent you from contacting them in the future. Once they receive the restraining order, you are prohibited from contacting and/or communicating with them. Any violation of the order can get you charged with aggravated stalking.

The alleged victim can accuse you of aggravated stalking during and/or after your case is resolved. However, they have to show that you continued to stalk then after you have been told to stop, the prosecutor must show that you actually committed the more serious crime of aggravated stalking. The elements they have to prove beyond a reasonable doubt are:

You want to stay away from the alleged victim even though you know you are not guilty. Sometimes the alleged victim may go where you are to get you in trouble. So do everything you can to avoid any alleged or perceived stalking incidents.  You do not want to increase the current criminal charge against you. Instead, let your attorney do all of your communication with the alleged victim.

Choose Yeargan & Kert, LLC to Fight Your Atlanta Georgia Stalking Charge

Stalking is just like any other type of criminal charge. It is just a charge unless a prosecutor can prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you are guilty. This means you have the right to present a defense that knocks a blow to the prosecutor’s case against you. You’ll find this defense at Yeargan & Kert, LLC.

The defense is a strategy used to damage the prosecutor’s case and explain why you should not be prosecuted. A great defense strategy can help you avoid going to trial altogether. It gives your attorney leverage to get the charges dropped or reduced. Yeargan & Kert, LLC knows which defense works best for you.

Common defenses to this charge include, but are not limited to:

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