What’s Considered Stalking in California?

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Earlier this year, Jason Alexander, one of Britney Spears’s former flames, allegedly snuck onto her property and attempted to enter her bedroom. According to Rolling Stone, the alleged incident happened on the day that Spears married current beau Sam Asghari.

Reportedly, the day of Spears’ backyard wedding, Alexander broke into her home and attempted to get into her locked bedroom before he was caught by security. After he was discovered, police were called, and he was put under arrest once law enforcement arrived on the scene. According to police, Alexander had a box cutter in his possession at the time of the incident.

Alexander was charged with multiple misdemeanors, including battery, aggravated trespassing, and vandalism. He was also charged with felony stalking. Alexander has since reached a plea deal regarding the charges and was sentenced to 128 days in county jail.

What Is Stalking?

In California, stalking is defined as the act of following, harassing, and/or threatening a person. However, just threatening, harassing, and/or following a person isn’t enough to be charged with stalking. For a person to be charged with stalking, they must pose a threat to the alleged victim’s safety. And to be found guilty of stalking in California, a person must’ve repeatedly followed or harassed someone and made a threat that made the alleged victim fear for their safety and/or the safety of their family.

What Are the Penalties for Stalking in California?

Depending on the details of a person’s situation, the penalties that a person can face for a stalking conviction in California can be severe:

  • Misdemeanor – Up to $1,000 in fines and up to one year in jail.
  • Felony – Up to three years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines.

In addition, a stalking conviction can add a strike to your criminal record as part of California’s three strikes penalty system. If you get three strikes, you could end up serving 25 years or more in state prison.

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No one wants their name associated with a stalking charge. Not only can the penalties be severe, but the stigma that comes with a conviction can stay with you for the rest of your life.

At The Law Office of Brian C. Andritch, we understand how serious stalking charges are, and we will do everything legally possible to have the charges against you dismissed or reduced. Attorney Andritch has an in-depth understanding of criminal defense law and a long history of securing favorable case results for his clients.

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