Stalking is a serious crime that you can be charged with in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. In Pennsylvania, any act or repeated acts that give another person distress within reason can be stalking. The charges vary depending on if it is a first offense or if there is an allegation of many instances of stalking. Stalking can vary from repeated threats, behaviors, and/or vandalizing of another person or persons property to the point that they fear for their own safety. You can be charged with this serious crime, even if you feel that you were not intentionally putting another person in fear for his or her safety. If you are eventually charged with this crime, then it is in your best interest to stay away from this person that may have accused you of this and call a lawyer as soon as possible. A person can only be convicted of this crime if the government can prove that the accused acted with the intent to harass or annoy another. This is also generally the main avenue of defense in cases such as this.
When you commit a crime like stalking or have been charged for committing the crime of stalking, it is important to call an experienced Chester county criminal defense attorney. When you have repeated offenses, it is extremely beneficial for you to hire an attorney that has the experience with cases like this. The charges can range from a misdemeanor of the first degree punishable by a minimum of five years in state prison to up to 10 years in state prison. Call today to speak to a defense attorney to fight for you. At Bellwoar Kelly, LLP, we are here to help you. And our criminal defense attorney’s are all former Assistant District Attorney’s who are very familiar with the county’s Judges and your rights under the law.