If you reside in Rhode Island and have been charged with stalking, you should contact RI Stalking Lawyer Matthew Marin right away. You are facing a felony conviction with years of probation and large monetary fines, at a minimum. Under Rhode Island, an individual convicted of stalking is guilty of a FELONY and can be sentenced to prison for up to five years and can be fined up to $10,000.
Stalking under Rhode Island law can be proved in one of two ways. First, an individual can be convicted of stalking for harassing another person. Second, an individual can be convicted of stalking forwillfully, maliciously, and repeatedly follows another person with the intent to place that person in reasonable fear of bodily injury. As anyone can see, these charges are fact intensive meaning that there is significant room to challenge the way that the complaining witness has likely reported the facts of the case. This fact means there are many possible defenses to stalking charges, including:
• That the contact was initiated by the complaining witness;
• That the contact was reasonable and the complaining witnesses interpretation is not reasonable;
• That the complaining witness was not in REASONABLE fear of bodily injury;
• That your actions were Constitutionally protected;
• That your actions were innocent and unintentional (State has the burden to prove intent)
I take my job as Rhode Island Stalking Lawyer very seriously, and work relentlessly to achieve the very best result for my clients in and out of court. I strongly believe that a well-planned defense strategy and the assistance of an experienced and skillful Rhode Island Stalking Lawyer can make all the difference between a criminal conviction - and a verdict of “not guilty.”
§ 11-59-1 Definitions. – For the purpose of this chapter:
(1) "Course of conduct" means a pattern of conduct composed of a series of acts over a period of time, evidencing a continuity of purpose. Constitutionally protected activity is not included within the meaning of "course of conduct."
(2) "Harasses" means a knowing and willful course of conduct directed at a specific person with the intent to seriously alarm, annoy, or bother the person, and which serves no legitimate purpose. The course of conduct must be such as would cause a reasonable person to suffer substantial emotional distress, or be in fear of bodily injury.
§ 11-59-2 Stalking prohibited.
(a) Any person who:
(1) harasses another person; or
(2) willfully, maliciously, and repeatedly follows another person with the intent to place that person in reasonable fear of bodily injury, is guilty of the crime of stalking.
(b)Stalking shall be deemed a felony punishable by imprisonment for not more than five (5) years, by a fine of not more than ten thousand dollars ($10,000), or both.