Maryland Stalking and Harassment Lawyer
Harassment and stalking are considered misdemeanor offenses in Maryland, with the punishment ranging from a fine to jail time. Both crimes are rather subjective, which means hiring an experienced Baltimore harassment lawyer can be a great decision if you are being accused of either of the crimes.
The Difference Between
Stalking and Harassment
We often use the word “stalker” jokingly to call out a person when you catch their gaze or to refer to a friend you seem to bump into wherever you go. Maryland Criminal Law, however, defines stalking a bit differently. Stalking is the act of repeatedly pursuing someone with an intention to put them in fear of assault, bodily harm, kidnapping or death. Harassment, on the other hand, is the act of following someone around in public or engaging in behaviors that annoy or alarm another person. As you can see, harassment is typically less malicious and can be done with no specific purpose, while a stalker has to have an intent.
Examples of stalking/harassment behaviors include:
- Repeatedly visiting someone at home or at work without an invitation
- Sending unsolicited mail, email, text messages or other forms of communication
- Making persistent phone calls
- Sending unsolicited gifts
- Making threats, lewd comments or demeaning statements
- Following the person in public places after being told not to.
Although they don’t have to be, both stalking and harassment can be sexual in nature. If you are seeking legal protection from a stalker or a harasser, looking to recover compensation for damages caused by a harasser or have been accused of stalking or harassment, consult with your lawyer.
Contact DRA e-Law today to discuss your case with one of our Maryland harassment attorneys.