Stalking / Harassment / Fear of Violence
Here at Norrie Waite & Slater we have a large team of lawyers who specialise in dealing with this type of offence.
If you find yourself in a situation involving stalking contact us now to speak to one of our experienced criminal defence solicitors.
What is Stalking?
There is no actual definition for Stalking, but a list of behaviours are set out which could represent Stalking.
The list is not an exhaustive one but gives an indication of the types of behaviour that may be displayed in a stalking offence.
- (a) following a person,
- (b) contacting, or attempting to contact, a person by any means,
- (c) publishing any statement or other material relating or purporting to relate to a person, or purporting to originate from a person,
- (d) monitoring the use by a person of the internet, email or any other form of electronic communication,
- (e) loitering in any place (whether public or private),
- (f) interfering with any property in the possession of a person,
- (g) watching or spying on a person.
Stalking involving fear of violence or serious alarm or distress
This is a separate and more serious offence carrying a sentence of up to 5 years imprisonment, or a fine, or both.
The elements of the offence of “Stalking involving fear of violence or serious alarm or distress” are:
- a course of conduct;
- which amounts to stalking; and
- which causes another to fear, on at least two occasions, that violence will be used against him or her; or
- causes another serious alarm or distress which has a substantial adverse effect on his or her usual day-to-day activities.
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