Stalking charges are becoming more and more frequent in the Las Vegas Valley.
Las Vegas Prosecutors commonly include stalking charges in conjunction
with Battery Domestic Violence charges.
Stalking has a somewhat subjective definition and can be utilized by overzealous
prosecutors to charge conduct that in most other situations would not
be considered criminal.
In most cases, a person accused of stalking is someone who intends to do
harm to another and cause that person to fear for their life. Frequently,
allegations of stalking are leveled between ex-spouses. Unfortunately,
false accusations of stalking often occur in situations where the parties
are involved in litigation in family court. Unsettling as that is, it
is a frequent tactic that people will use in an underhanded attempt to
gain an unfair advantage in their family court case.
Regardless of whatever situation you find yourself in, if you are accused
of Stalking, it is an incredibly serious matter and you need zealous representation.
It is especially important to know how to define stalking in the eyes
of the law.
STALKING - POSSIBLE PENALTIES
NRS 200.575 defines and prescribes the penalties for stalking. Stalking
is willfully or maliciously engaging in a course of conduct that would
cause a reasonable person to feel terrorized, frightened, intimidated,
harassed or fearful for their immediate safety, or that of a family or
household member, AND the victim actually does feel one of the above-mentioned
states of mind. Stalking, by definition, is committed without lawful authority.
The penalty for a first offense of stalking is up to 6 months in county
jail and a fine of up to $1,000. Further offenses may be punished by up
to 1 year in county jail and a fine of up to $2,000.
If the crime of stalking is committed with the use of the internet, email
or text messaging to display information “in a manner that substantially
increases the risk of harm or violence” to the victim, it is a felony,
punishable by 1-5 years in state prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
If the crime of stalking is committed in conjunction with intent to cause
the victim in reasonable fear of death or substantial bodily harm, it
is considered Aggravated Stalking and is punishable by 2-15 years in state
prison and a fine of up to $5,000.
THE BEST LEGAL DEFENSE IN STALKING OR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CASES
Stalking charges just as with other
domestic violence charges in Nevada always harbor a deeply emotional web just below the
criminal charges that make up the case. It takes lawyers with the investigative
skills to dig beyond the emotions to find the truth of legal standing
that provides the best defense for the client in such cases.
At Oronoz & Ericsson, we have been involved with client representation
where stalking accusations have manifest themselves in almost every way
possible. This level of experience enables us to uncover the details of
the incident with the accused in a direct way that still takes into account
their emotional state following the filing of charges.
Armed with these facts, we can perform a thorough investigation of any
relevant documentation that may be on file showing the applicable background
of both the accused and the alleged victim. Our team of investigators
will also look for every detail that may exist at the location during
the time of the alleged incident(s). This allows us to assemble a solid
case that provides the best chances of a positive resolution for our clients.
Call the attorneys at
Oronoz Ericsson & Gaffney for a legal team that will listen to you, fight for you and stand by you
with their experience in stalking cases as well as other domestic violence
cases involving people just like you. It doesn’t matter whether
you call Las Vegas or southern Nevada your home, or you are one of the
millions of people from around the country and the world. Anyone that
finds themselves in these unfortunate circumstances, we can fight for you.
To speak with a defense attorney about stalking or other domestic violence
charges, contact a Las Vegas criminal defense attorney at Oronoz Ericsson
& Gaffney LLC.
To schedule a
free consultation with an attorney at our firm, call 702-878-2889.