Law enforcement and other authorities can be quick to charge citizens with a crime in the event of a minor incident or misunderstanding. Such is often the case with stalking charges. Many times, no stalking actually takes place and the motives and actions of the accused have simply been misunderstood. In other cases, a mistake may have been made or an isolated lapse in judgement has taken place. Either way, if you are facing stalking charges, you have the right to a zealous defense to help protect your freedoms, your liberties and your future.
What Constitutes Stalking In Washington
In Washington, stalking charges (also known as harassment charges) may be imposed if the accused:
- Threatens to cause bodily injury to another person
- Causes physical damage to someone else’s property
- Subjects someone to physical restraint
- Engages in any other act willfully and maliciously to harm someone else
However, these actions must take place in conjunction with words or conduct that places the person being threatened in fear that the threat will be carried out.
Punishments For Stalking/Harassment In Washington
Stalking or harassment is harshly punished in the state of Washington. If convicted of stalking or harassment, you could face:
- Possible conviction of a class C level III felony
- 1-43 months in prison, depending on your previous criminal history
- Up to $10,000 in fines
For first time offenders who were not in violation of a restraining order, it is instead charged as a gross misdemeanor and is punishable by up to 1 year in jail and up to $5,000 in fines. Don’t let stalking or harassment charges ruin your life. Retain the expertise of a professional criminal defense attorney who has the knowledge you need to get the charges against you reduced or dismissed. Greene & Lloyd, PLLC are committed to going the extra mile to provide you with a vigorous defense. Call us for a consultation today.