You don’t think you’ve done anything wrong, but your ex is accusing you of stalking. Don’t make the mistake we see time and again. Even if you’re sure you are innocent, you have to take the charge seriously. The truth doesn’t always come out, especially if you do not hire an experienced defense attorney to represent you. The reality is, you could be guilty of stalking and not know it because you don’t know what the law is. We go over the stalking statute in Florida so you can understand how to defend yourself and protect your freedom.
What Is Stalking in Florida?
You are going through a difficult break-up, and your ex is very angry. You may not be following him or her around and spying through their windows, but you could still be found guilty of stalking. In Florida, the following actions could be considered stalking:
- Driving past or showing up unexpectedly at someone’s residence, place of work, or school
- Using a GPS device or mapping app to track a person’s movements
- Sending unwanted letters, gifts, emails, or texts
- Repeatedly calling a person’s phone and leaving voicemails
- Monitoring a person’s computer, cell phone, or social networking activity
- Secretly videotaping or photographing them
- Gathering information about them without their permission
- Damaging a person’s home, vehicle, or other property
If you are accused of repeatedly, maliciously, and willfully harassing another person, you could be charged with misdemeanor stalking. If you are also accused of making a credible threat with the intent to cause fear of death or bodily harm, you could be charged with a 3rd-degree felony and face five years in prison and a $5000 fine. These accusations often come down to a “he said, she said” situation, so you need to mount an aggressive defense to protect yourself from jail time and hefty fines.
If You Were Charged With Stalking, Talk to Danny Izquierdo
As a domestic violence and sex crimes defense attorney, Danny knows what it means to be charged with stalking. He also understands the lengths vindictive exes will go to in order to get revenge during a break-up or divorce. When the custody of a child is at stake, the worse you look, the less chance you have of getting custody. A stalking conviction will definitely not help your cause. If you have been accused of stalking, contact us online or call our office directly at 305.707.7345 to discuss your options.