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What is the definition of stalking?

Stalking crimes typically consist of repeated non-consensual contacts with a complainant. Non-consensual contacts can include visits, telephone calls, texts, or letters. Non-consensual contact may also include any unwanted contact over the internet, such as e-mails and social media posts. Universities often define stalking as a pattern of or repetition of unwanted attention, harassment, contact, threats, or any other conduct directed at an individual that would cause that person to fear his or her own safety or the safety of another.

What should I do if I feel I am being stalked?

Because these cases are complicated, it is important to preserve or record any unwelcomed communication and report any unwanted contact, threats, or surveillance.  Make sure to report any stalking behaviors, and, if you know your stalker, file for a restraining order. To ensure that your rights are protected, contact a college student defense attorney to discuss your case and evidence.

What should I do if I am accused of stalking?

If you are accused of stalking, it is important to reach out to an experienced college student criminal defense attorney to help you best handle your case. Report any information on the case and your relationship to the accuser to your college student defense attorney. Do not try to contact the accuser yourself or give any information out about the case other than to your attorney; doing so will ensure that your rights are protected and that you have a strong case.

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