What happens if you are accused of stalking?

In California, stalking may be charged if you follow, harass, and/or threaten another person to the point where they fear for their safety or the safety of their family.  Stalking is a wobbler offense, which means that it can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the facts of the case and your criminal history. If it is charged as a felony, the potential penalties include up to 5 years in California state prison.

If you are accused of stalking, you will likely be questioned by the police. Exercise your right to remain silent, even if you want to explain yourself or if you want to push back against false allegations.  Ask for your criminal defense lawyer Orange County, CA, you can defend you against the charges.  There are a number of possible defenses to a stalking charge, including that the accusations are false, that any threat you may have made was not credible, or that it was a case of mistaken identity.

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