Stalking in Florida
If accused of Stalking, you need to know the:
Definition of Stalking
Under Florida Statute Florida Statute 784.048(2), the crime of Stalking is committed when a person:
- Willfully, maliciously, and repeatedly;
- Follows, harasses, or cyberstalks another person.
Cyberstalking is defined as electronically sending words, images, or language to a person that cause substantial emotional distress and serve no legitimate purpose. 
Harassment is defined as engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person, which causes substantial emotional distress in that person and serves no legitimate purpose. 
Penalties for Stalking
The crime of Stalking is classified as a Third Degree Felony and is assigned a Level 6 offense severity ranking under Florida's Criminal Punishment Code.
If convicted of Stalking, a judge can impose any combination of the following penalties:
- Up to one (1) year in jail.
- Up to one (1) year of probation.
- Up to $1,000 in fines.
- A restraining order for up to 10 (ten) years.
Defenses to Stalking
First Amendment Activity
It is a defense to the crime of Stalking if the conduct the person is alleged to have engaged in is considered constitutionally protected activity, such as picketing or organized protesting. 
If communication with another person is solely made in furtherance of a legitimate pursuit, such as legal, business, or child custody matters, then the communication is presumptively considered legitimate. 
As a result, communications made with civility in support of legal, business, or child custody matters will not support a stalking charge.
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