When you are facing charges as serious as stalking or harassment, I know you are very concerned about the possible outcome in court. We know what you are up against and want to help.
Harassment and stalking cases are often very difficult due to the relationship between you and the alleged victim. Often there are emotions involved which make it even more stressful than other charges.
Whether you didn’t realize what you were doing was against the law, or if you are innocent of the charges against you, we can help. Being charged with a criminal offense does not mean you are guilty. We are here to fight for you, and help you try to clear your name in court.
We want to know what led to the charges you are now facing. We want to hear your side of things so we can help you get the best possible result on your day in court. Call today to discuss the details of your stalking or harassment case.
If you are charged with stalking/harassment in Minnesota, the prosecution does not have to prove your intent. This means that you do not have to intend to frighten or threaten the alleged victim. Only that a reasonable person would know that the acts you committed would normally cause fear.
Gross Misdemeanor Harassment/Stalking – MN Laws & Penalties
If you do any of the following, you could be charged with this gross misdemeanor and face up to one year in jail and fines reaching $3,000.
a) Directly or indirectly show purpose or intent to injure the alleged victim, their property, or their rights by the commission of an unlawful act;
b) Stalk, follow, monitor, or pursue another in person or through “technological means” (video camera, computer devices)
c) Return to the alleged victim’s property when you have no right or claim to the property and without consent;
d) Repeatedly make phone calls or have someone else make phone calls to the alleged victim;
e) Continuously make the alleged victim’s telephone ring;
f) Repeatedly mail, email, telegram, message, or send letters or packages to the alleged victim; or
g) Knowingly make false statements against a police officer concerning their performance in an effort to tamper or influence the performance of their official duties.
Felony or Aggravated Harassment/Stalking – MN Laws & Penalties
Felony harassment/stalking is punishable by up to 5 years in prison and fines reaching $10,000. You may be charged with this serious offense if you did any of the following:
a) Commit any of the acts listed in misdemeanor harassment/stalking and do so based on the alleged victim’s race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, disability, age, or national origin;
b) Commit any of the acts listed in misdemeanor harassment/stalking by falsely impersonating another;
c) Commit any of the acts listen in misdemeanor harassment/stalking and possess a dangerous weapon at the time of the offense;
d) Harass someone with intent to influence or tamper with a juror or judicial proceeding or in retaliation against a member of the court.
e) Commit any of the acts listed in misdemeanor harassment/stalking where the victim is younger than 18 and you are more than 3 years older than them;
f) Commit any of the acts listed in misdemeanor harassment/stalking within ten years of any domestic violence offense.
*A few additional aggravated offenses bring even heftier sentences:
- If you commit any act listed under misdemeanor harassment/stalking and the victim is under 18 and you are over 3 years older than them and the act is committed with “sexual or aggressive intent” you will face a felony charge and potential sentence of up to 10 years in prison and fines reaching $20,000.
- If you engage in a pattern of harassing conduct against someone and have reason to know the actions would cause the victim to feel terrorized or fear bodily harm and the acts do cause this reaction in the alleged victim, you face felony charges and a potential 10 year prison term and fines up to $20,000.
Minnesota Statute §609.748
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Harassment and stalking are serious offenses and treated as such by Minnesota criminal courts. When you are up against charges like these, you need an advocate on your side ensuring your rights are protected and working towards the best possible result in court.
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