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Being accused of threatening, stalking or harassment can be very frightening. Because these are serious offenses you could be facing prison time, and this likely has you under a significant amount of stress. We understand.
People are surprised that threatening someone can be a serious criminal charge.
These types of cases are typically very draining emotionally and mentally. Because you probably know the alleged victim, there is an additional strain on you, particularly if you did nothing wrong.
If you feel you are caught up in a crazy situation and are charged with a crime unfairly, we will fight for your rights and challenge the police and prosecutors to prove every element of their case beyond a reasonable doubt.
It's easy to image many scenarios where you are falsely accused of these charges. We will aggressively defend you in court to protect your good name, and your freedom.
However, if you made a mistake or overstepped your boundaries and are willing to accept responsibility for your actions it can be just as frightening. Not knowing what will happen when you go to court only makes it worse.
We have handled numerous stalking and harassment cases in the state of Florida. We know what you are facing and we want to help. When it feels like no one has your best interests in mind, we can give you the support you need.
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Under Florida law, if you willfully, maliciously, and repeatedly follow, harass, or cyberstalk another person, you can be charged with stalking.
Stalking that causes substantial emotional stress to the alleged victim and serves no legitimate purpose is a 1st degree misdemeanor punishable by up to 1 year in jail and fines reaching $1,000.
However, you may be charged with a more serious aggravated stalking if the actions include a “credible threat with the intent to put that person in reasonable fear of death or bodily injury” of themselves or a family member.
Aggravated stalking is considered a 3rd degree felony and is punishable by up to 15 years in prison and fines reaching $10,000.
*If you commit stalking and it is in violation of an injunction for protection, you will be charged with aggravated stalking even if there was no threat made.
Ref. Fl. Stat. §784.048
Extortion is threatening (verbally or written) to injure someone, their property, or their reputation or threatening to expose secrets or disgrace them in order to gain money or to get the alleged victim to do something.
Threats/extortion is a 2nd degree felony and is punishable by up to 30 years in prison and fines reaching $10,000.
Ref. Fl. Stat.§836.05
Commonly referred to as Florida’s harassment law, written threats to kill or do bodily injury includes any letters or written communication that includes threats of harm or death. The letter can threaten the receiver or any member of their family.
This offense is a 2nd degree felony punishable by up to 30 years in prison and fines reaching $10,000.
Ref. Fl. Stat.§ 836.10
As you can see from the potential penalties, Florida criminal courts take cases or harassment, stalking, threatening and extortion very seriously. We know that you are likely extremely concerned about what could happen to you and we want to be able to help. Call for a consultation on your stalking or harassment case today.
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