Stalking is a very serious charge that can come from a variety of actions. It is imperative that anyone who is dealing with a person who doesn’t want anything to do with him or her understands what behavior constitutes stalking so he or she can avoid these actions. Failing to leave the person alone might end up leading to criminal charges, so be very careful.

One form of stalking has to do with physical contact. Trailing someone around when he or she doesn’t want to be followed or doesn’t know he or she is being followed can be considered stalking. Showing up at a person’s place of employment, home or other places where he or she frequents for the purpose of seeing or making contact with him or her can be considered stalking.

You should realize that not all stalking is physical. You can even face stalking charges for calling someone persistently. Texting, emailing, contacting them on social media or using similar forms of communication can lead to this type of charge. It doesn’t matter if you leave messages or not, just the simple act of calling is enough.

Oftentimes, a person who is being stalked will turn to the court system for protection. Many stalking cases come with petitions for protective orders. If this order is made, you must respect the terms. Failing to comply with a protective order can land you in jail or facing more legal issues than just the stalking case.

While there doesn’t necessarily have to be any violence in these cases, stalking does sometimes involve assault. In this case or when there are other elements to the stalking charge, you might end up facing multiple criminal charges.

Source: FindLaw, “Stalking,” accessed Jan. 11, 2018