Being charged with stalking in Tennessee is a crime that can range from a misdemeanor to a felony depending on the severity of the case. Stalking is generally defined as the repeated following or harassment of a person with some intent to place that person in fear of bodily harm or death. If you have been charged with stalking, be sure to get representation right away so your case can be organized as soon as possible.
In order to be found guilty of stalking, you must be found to have demonstrated a ‘course of conduct’. This means that there has been a pattern of behavior consistent with stalking the victim on a repeated basis.
The course of conduct must also involve ‘repeated or continuing harassment’ of the victim. Harassment is conduct directed toward the victim that includes repeated or continuing unconsented contact that would give a reasonable person cause to suffer emotional distress. In the absence of harassment as part of the evidence, a stalking charge should not be brought against the defendant.
If convicted of stalking in Tennessee, the punishment is consistent with a Class A misdemeanor, meaning up to one year in jail and up to a $2,500 fine. There are also aggravated and especially aggravated forms of stalking that can be brought in certain situations. When the stalking involves a deadly weapon, children, or a defendant with prior convictions, these elevated charges are presented. Aggravated stalking is a Class E felony, and especially aggravated stalking is a Class D felony, both of which can carry significant jail time among other penalties.
Call the offices of Gregory P. Issacs if you are being charged with any degree of stalking and start working on your defense today. We can be reached at 865-673-4953, and your initial consultation is free of charge.