In 2015, there were 215 violations of Maryland’s stalking statute filed in the District Court. The courts recorded seven (7) convictions for stalking in the District Court during that same time period. In 2015, the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services conducted several probation intakes for individuals found guilty of stalking.
Under Maryland law, a person may not engage in stalking. Stalking is charged as a misdemeanor, punishable by imprisonment for up to five years and/or a $5,000 maximum fine. A sentence imposed for stalking may be separate from and consecutive to or concurrent with a sentence for any other crime based on the acts establishing a violation of the prohibition.
Elements of Maryland’s Stalking Statute
The definition of “stalking” in Maryland is a malicious course of conduct that includes approaching or pursuing another person where the person intends to place or knows or reasonably should have known the conduct would place another in reasonable fear:
- of serious bodily injury, assault in any degree, rape or sexual offense, attempted rape or sexual offense, false imprisonment, or death; or
- that a third person likely will suffer any of these acts.
The term “course of conduct” is defined to mean a persistent pattern of conduct, composed of a series of acts over time that shows a continuity of purpose. Although the prohibition against stalking does not apply to conduct that is:
- performed to ensure compliance with a court order;
- performed to carry out a specific lawful commercial purpose; or
- authorized, required, or protected by local, State, or federal law.
Attorney for Stalking in Baltimore, Maryland
James Crawford is a criminal defense attorney in Baltimore, MD. He has more than two decades of experience as a trial lawyer defending people against Maryland state charges including violent crimes that are charged as either a felony or a misdemeanor. He represents clients charged with serious domestic violence related crimes in Baltimore and across the State of Maryland such as harassment and stalking.
He knows the tactics used by the law enforcement officers investigating these crimes. He also understands the methods used by prosecutors with the Offices of the Maryland State’s Attorneys who presents the state’s case in criminal trials in the District Courts. To protect your reputation and your future contact the experienced attorneys at James E. Crawford, Jr. & Associates before you talk to police or anyone else about the situation.
If you have been arrested for any type of violent crimes in Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Howard County, Anne Arundel County, Carroll County or Harford County, then contact an experienced criminal defense attorney. We represent clients charged with a wide range of violent crimes including assault, domestic violence, and child abuse. We have offices located in Arbutus and Catonsville, Maryland.
Call 443-709-9999 for a free consultation.