Stalking is a serious criminal offense under Michigan law, encompassing behaviors that cause fear, intimidation, and harassment. At Rabaa and Nachawati, we understand the complexities of stalking charges and offer dedicated legal representation to individuals facing such allegations, navigating Michigan’s laws with diligence and expertise.

Understanding Stalking

Stalking involves a pattern of behavior intended to harass, intimidate, or frighten another person. This behavior may include following, surveilling, threatening, or communicating with the victim in a manner that causes fear or distress. Stalking can have severe psychological and emotional effects on victims, leading to significant harm and trauma.

Degrees of Stalking

Michigan law categorizes stalking into different degrees based on the severity of the offense and the presence of aggravating factors:

Aggravated Stalking: Aggravated stalking involves stalking behavior that violates a restraining order or injunction, involves repeated violations of a previous stalking injunction, or includes threats of violence. Aggravated stalking is considered a felony offense, carrying significant penalties, including imprisonment and substantial fines.

First-Degree Stalking: First-degree stalking involves a pattern of stalking behavior that causes serious emotional distress to the victim or places the victim in reasonable fear of death or bodily injury. This offense is also considered a felony and carries severe consequences, including imprisonment and fines.

Second-Degree Stalking: Second-degree stalking encompasses stalking behavior that does not meet the criteria for aggravated or first-degree stalking but still causes fear, intimidation, or harassment. This offense is typically charged as a misdemeanor, though repeat offenders or cases involving aggravating factors may result in felony charges.

Legal Defense Strategies

Defending against stalking charges requires a strategic approach and a thorough understanding of Michigan’s laws. Our experienced attorneys at Rabaa and Nachawati are skilled in developing effective defense strategies tailored to each client’s case. Whether challenging the prosecution’s evidence, disputing the alleged pattern of behavior, or negotiating plea agreements, we are dedicated to protecting our clients’ rights and achieving the best possible outcomes.

Seek Legal Representation

If you or someone you know is facing stalking charges in Michigan, it’s essential to seek experienced legal representation promptly. The consequences of a conviction can be severe, impacting your freedom, reputation, and future opportunities. Contact Rabaa and Nachawati today to schedule a consultation with a knowledgeable attorney. We are here to provide the support and advocacy you need to defend against stalking charges and safeguard your rights.

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