Stalking, Threats To Do Harm

Stalking Charges in Virginia Beach

If you’ve been charged with stalking in Virginia Beach, you are facing some serious consequences if convicted. Stalking is punishable by a fine and jail time, and under some circumstances may be charged as a felony. In addition to the criminal punishments, convictions for stalking in Virginia will result in a permanent protective order being issued which will affect your reputation, your employment, your right to possess a firearm, and will subject you to additional criminal charges in the future if a protective order is violated.

What Is Stalking?

In order to be convicted of stalking in Virginia, the prosecutor must prove that on multiple occasions, an individual acted in such a manner as to reasonably induce fear in another of being harmed, or having their family or property harmed, and this action must be known by the accused to have this affect on the alleged victim.

Threats To Do Bodily Harm

Anyone who threatens to kill or do bodily harm to an person or his family may be charged with a felony, if that threat is communicated in a writing. This threat felony may be charged if the communication is by letter, email or text message. Punishment for threatening to do bodily injury is punishable by a prison sentence of up to ten years.

If anyone orally threatens a school employee, teacher, principal, bus driver, etc., while on school property may be charged with a Class 1 misdemeanor and be punished by up to a year in jail.

How Can An Attorney Help To Defend A Stalking Charge?

In order for a person to be convicted of stalking, the prosecution must show that the fear of the alleged victim be reasonable fear. Stalking must be shown to more than just harassment or amorous pursuit. There must be actions that lead one to reasonably be in fear of death, sexual assault or bodily injury. When defending a stalking charge, a criminal defense attorney experienced in these charges will be able to challenge the reasonable fear of the alleged victim.

In Virginia Beach, contact Garrett Law Group, PLC to speak with an attorney in regards to your stalking or threat charge. (757) 422-4646. Our attorneys are available to speak with you 24/7/365.

Virginia Statutes:

§ 18.2-60. Threats of death or bodily injury to a person or member of his family; threats to commit serious bodily harm to persons on school property; penalty.
§ 18.2-60.1. Threatening the Governor or his immediate family.
§ 18.2-60.2. Members of the Governor’s immediate family.
§ 18.2-60.3. Stalking; penalty.
§ 18.2-60.4. Violation of protective orders; penalty.
§ 18.2-60.5. Unauthorized use of electronic tracking device; penalty.