Orange County Stalking Attorney
Criminal Defense Against Stalking Charges
California laws against stalking are found in
California Penal Code § 646.9. According to the definition therein, stalking is committed when a person
repeatedly follows or harasses another person with willful and malicious
intent to place them in rational fear of their safety, or the safety of
their immediate family. Although accusations and charges of this crime
are often valid, many
false accusations are made by individuals who are upset with the alleged offender, or who
were confused about the meaning of the alleged offender's actions.
Fighting the Charges Against You
In some cases, stalking charges may be based on fraudulent claims, or even
mistaken identity. In any case, individuals facing a charge of stalking
may not be able to rely on the judge to clearly identify these issues.
With the help of an Anaheim domestic violence lawyer at our firm, you
may be able to prevent a conviction by disproving criminal intent and
opportunity. The prosecution may present evidence and claims to incriminate
you—your most effective defense is disproving these claims and exposing
weak and contrived evidence.
The Consequences of a Stalking Conviction
When it is related to a case of domestic violence, stalking is taken very
seriously by law enforcement. Usually, a conviction may result in one
year in jail, fines up to $2,000, and probation. However, there are many
circumstances where some of these punishments are more severe. For example,
if the accused is in violation of a restraining order or other court order,
he or she may face a longer prison sentence. In some cases, they may face
up to five years in prison.
Over 1,100 Case Dismissals Secured for Our Clients
If convicted of stalking, you could have a detrimental mark on your criminal
record that prevents you from obtaining decent employment in the future,
unless you successfully complete probation and obtain an
expungement. At our firm, Anaheim defense lawyer Barney Gibbs has
personally handled more than 2,500 defense cases over the past 30 years. With our team's knowledge of the court system and judges, we skillfully
defend our clients from wrongful convictions. Learn more by contacting
The Law Office of Barney B. Gibbs and exploring your legal options with
our domestic violence attorney in Orange County!