Oklahoma Stalking crimes, like most States, require that certain elements of the crime are met before there can be a conviction for a stalking crime. A Tulsa metro area woman recently logged a stalking complaint against a man. The 25 yr old offender met the women while working for a tree service. He then repeatedly showed up at her home proclaiming his love for her. The woman told him not to come back, but the man did not listen. Eventually he showed up with a gun. The woman tricked the man and locked him out of her car. She then called authorities. This is a good example of how things can quickly escalate to violence. If you are facing a similar situation, this article will explain the elements and how they operate.
Stalking Charges: Oklahoma Criminal Laws
Oklahoma has laws detailing stalking crimes. First of all stalking is defined as a willful, malicious, and repeated following or harassment of another person. These acts must have the potential to cause intimidation and fear in the target of the actions. They must also actually cause fear or intimidation. Once a person can establish this conduct, they can file charges of stalking on the offender. You can find the exact laws under Title 21 § 1173.
Penalties for Stalking in Oklahoma
A first offense is a misdemeanor. This means you have no other stalking convictions, nor do you have any protection orders or other restraining orders against you. As a result, you will face fines reaching a maximum of $1,000 and prison time of up to one year. However, if this is a second offense within 10 years of the first offense, or you are breaking a protection or restraining order, then the penalties increase. Stalking that violates a protective or restraining order if a felony and can result in five years imprisonment. You may also face fines reaching $2,500. But, a second offense within 10 years is also a felony that could reach $10,000 in fines and prison time of up to 10 years.
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Stalking Crimes or Protective Orders
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