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STALKING

Stalking can be a serious charge, requiring the services of an esteemed Colorado criminal attorney.

Depending upon the circumstances of the case, a person can be charged with stalking if the individual makes a credible threat to another person and, in connection with the threat, repeatedly follows, approaches, contacts, or places under surveillance that person, a member of that person’s immediate family, or someone with whom that person has or has had a continuing relationship. A person can also be charged with stalking if the individual makes a credible threat to another person and, in connection with the threat, repeatedly makes any form of communication with that person, a member of that person’s immediate family, or someone with whom that person has or has had a continuing relationship, regardless of whether a conversation ensues. A person may also be charged with stalking if the individual repeatedly follows, approaches, contacts, places under surveillance, or makes any form of communication with another person, a member of that person’s immediate family, or someone with whom that person has or has had a continuing relationship in a manner that would cause a reasonable person to suffer serious emotional distress and does cause any related person to suffer serious emotional distress. In a stalking case, the victim does not need to show that he or she received professional treatment or counseling as a result.

Stalking is a class 5 felony for a first offense. However, if at the time of the offense there was a court order in effect against the individual which prohibited certain behavior, stalking can be a class 4 felony.

Stalking can also be a class 4 felony upon a second or subsequent offense.

If you or someone you know is being charged with stalking, it is important that you talk to a Colorado criminal lawyer immediately. Contact a trial tested, result oriented Denver criminal defense attorney at Newell & Decker today to discuss the case.