Written by attorney John Michael Phillips

Types of Crimes in Florida - Harassment / Stalking

Harassment / Stalking Under Florida law, if you willfully, maliciously, and repeatedly follow, harass, or cyberstalk another person, you can be charged with stalking. Stalking that causes substantial emotional stress to the alleged victim and serves no legitimate purpose is a 1st degree misdemeanor punishable by up to 1 year in jail and fines reaching $1,000. However, you may be charged with a more serious aggravated stalking if the actions include a “credible threat with the intent to put that person in reasonable fear of death or bodily injury" of themselves or a family member. Aggravated stalking is considered a 3rd degree felony and is punishable by up to 15 years in prison and fines reaching $10,000. If you commit stalking and it is in violation of an injunction for protection, you will be charged with aggravated stalking even if there was no threat made. Fl. Stat. §784.048.

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