Stalking Defense Lawyers in Knoxville

Stalking typically means an intentional and repeated following or harassment of a person with some intent to place that person in fear of bodily harm or death. In Tennessee, such acts as approaching or confronting a person in a public place, showing up at that individual's residence or place of work, entering or remaining on property owned or occupied by that person or harassing them over the phone, e-mail or Internet - can all be classified as stalking behavior.

If you have been accused of this crime, you are facing charges that can affect you for the rest of your life. The legal choices you make now can be the most important, especially your choice of an attorney.

Our firm has successfully handled many stalking cases in Tennessee. Our criminal defense lawyers can help you through this defining point in your life. With so much at stake, do not settle for an inexperienced defense lawyer. As skilled negotiators, we will do everything in our power to defend your rights and work toward the best possible outcome to the charges filed against you.

Stalking

To be found guilty, the state must prove that the defendant intentionally stalked a victim. In Tennessee, "stalking" means a willful course of conduct involving repeated or continuing harassment of another individual that would cause a reasonable person to feel terrorized, frightened, intimidated, threatened, harassed, or molested, and that actually caused the victim to feel terrorized, frightened, intimidated, threatened, harassed, or molested.

To be guilty of stalking the state must prove that you willfully engaged in a "course of conduct." This has a specific legal meaning under the law. It means a pattern of conduct composed of a series of two or more separate noncontinuous acts evidencing a purpose to stalk the victim.

Furthermore, the willful course of conduct must involve "repeated or continuing harassment" of the victim. Harassment also has a particular meaning under the law. Harassment means conduct directed toward a victim that includes, but is not limited to, repeated or continuing unconsented contact that would cause a reasonable person to suffer emotional distress, and that actually causes the victim to suffer emotional distress. However, it is a defense to stalking that the alleged stalking act served a legitimate purpose or included some other constitutionally protected activity.

To constitute harassment, the stalking must not have been consented to. "Unconsented contact" means any contact with another person that is initiated or continued without that person's consent, or in disregard of that person's expressed desire that the contact be avoided or discontinued. Such acts include following the person, confronting the person in a public place, or appearing at that person's workplace or residence.

Stalking is a Class A misdemeanor and is punishable up to a year in prison and a fine not to exceed $2,500. The court may also impose other special conditions such as a restraining order.

Aggravated Stalking in Tennessee

A person commits "aggravated stalking" when he or she commits the offense of stalking and commits an unlawful act, such as:

Aggravated stalking is a Class E felony. If charged, you are facing between 1 to 6 years in prison and up to a $3,000 fine.

Especially Aggravated Stalking

A person commits "especially aggravated stalking" when he or she stalks the victim and either:

If you have been charged with any of the stalking offenses described above, contact a criminal defense attorney at Baker Associates. Our offices handle stalking and other offenses.

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Knox County
2126 First Tennessee Plaza
800 South Gay Street
Knoxville, Tennessee 37929

Phone: (865) 521-0001
Toll-free: (866) 853-2888

Sevier County
121 Court Avenue
Sevierville, Tennessee 37862

Phone: (865) 546-6000
Toll-free: (866) 853-2888

Washington County
300 East Main Street
Johnson City, Tennessee 37601

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