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What is aggravated stalking?

How does Florida law classify stalking?

While simple “stalking” is ordinarily charged as a misdemeanor, the offense of “aggravated stalking” as set out below in FSS.784.048(3), is a third-degree felony:

784.048 Stalking; definitions; penalties

(3) Any person who willfully, maliciously, and repeatedly follows, harasses, or cyberstalks another person, and makes a credible threat with the intent to place that person in reasonable fear of death or bodily injury of the person, or the person’s child, sibling, spouse, parent, or dependent, commits the offense of aggravated stalking, a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084.

In addition to the offenses listed above, there are a number of otherwise misdemeanor assaults and batteries that are reclassified to felonies based upon the victim being a member of a protected class.

Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Law enforcement officers
  • Correctional officers
  • Firefighters
  • School system employees
  • Code inspectors
  • Persons 65 years of age or older
  • Emergency care workers
  • Public transportation workers

Contact An Aggravated Stalking Defense Attorney

Stalking is a serious offense, that often includes hearings for an injunction. It is not a charge that should be taken lightly, and not acting quickly could have dire consequences! If you or a loved one is facing charges for this offense, the advice of an experienced Orlando criminal defense attorney will be invaluable. Call one of our two locations at 407 743 8430 or 407-250-9557, for a prompt and free consultation with an experienced Central Florida criminal defense attorney at The Defense Group. We are available 24 hours a day for your emergency needs, and appointments can be arranged for nights or weekends if necessary.