The Minneapolis defense attorneys at Newmark Storms Law Office defend clients against harassment and stalking charges as well as assisting victims obtain restraining orders.
The Minnesota statue defines harassment as a single or repeated acts of physical or sexual assault or unwanted acts, words, or gestures that have (or are intended to have) a substantial adverse effect on the safety, security, or privacy of another, regardless of the relationship between the party and the intended target.
In addition to defending clients against harassment charges, the lawyers at Newmark Storms Law Office also assist victims of harassment by obtaining restraining orders. A victim of harassment may seek a restraining order from the court. Violations against restraining orders range from misdemeanors to felony offenses and carry up to $10,000 in fines and five years in prison.
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According to the Minnesota statute, “stalking” is defined as conduct that the party knows would cause the victim to “feel frightened, threatened, oppressed, persecuted, or intimidated and causes this reaction on the part of the victim” regardless of the relationship between the party and the victim.
There are many variations of stalking charges, varying from gross misdemeanors to felonies.
Some of the acts construed by the Minnesota statute as gross misdemeanor stalking offense include any person who stalks another by committing any of the following acts:
There are many offenses that are deemed felony offenses by the Minnesota stalking statute. A few of them are listed below:
Second or Subsequent Violations
A person is guilty of a felony if he or she commits a gross misdemeanor stalking offense within 10 years of a previous domestic violence-related offense.
A party who stalks a single victim or members of a single household and causes the victim to feel terrorized or in fear of bodily harm is considered to be engaging in a pattern of stalking if two or more acts occur within a five year period in Minnesota or another state with regards to murder, terroristic threats, assault, interference with an emergency call, criminal defamation, criminal sexual conduct, burglary, harassment, and more.
In addition to the above, the type of venue, location(s), etc. play a part in stalking charges. Minnesota stalking offenses can be quite complex which is why it’s important to consult with a defense attorney to effectively fight a stalking charge. To contact a lawyer at Newmark Storms, please click here.