The crime of stalking is defined in RSA 633:3-a. Many acts can be considered stalking, but generally it requires either a course of conduct that is targeted at a specific individual that places that person in fear, or the violation of a protective order. The statute defines a course of conduct as two or more acts over a period of time that demonstrates a continuity of purpose on the part of the defendant. Generally a violation of this statute will be charged as a misdemeanor.
Courts have the power to issue restraining orders based on allegations of stalking. This means that even if the State elects not to criminally charge someone with stalking, the individual can seek a remedy directly from a court. If the court issues this type of order and the defendant is served with it, a violation of that order will be a crime.
Cohen & Winters have experience representing individuals seeking to obtain as well as those seeking to defend themselves from this type of order.
If you or someone you love has been charged with stalking, don’t wait. Contact our attorneys today for a free consultation.