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When is behavior considered stalking in Tennessee?

Have you been made to feel like a criminal because you miss someone? Maybe you love someone, are concerned about them and want to make sure that they are okay. Someone might even be mad at you or jealous.

We are all human; human relationships are an important part of the human experience. It can feel like a punch in the gut when what you think is an innocent human connection leads to a criminal charge of stalking. 

Many who face stalking charges first wonder, "What is stalking, anyway?" They believe they were doing nothing wrong, simply going about their life and trying to repair a broken relationship. If law enforcement accuses you of stalking, they believe you have gone beyond the realm of what is innocent and healthy. There are two primary components of a stalking charge.

Pattern

One incident of visiting someone or contacting them would generally not support a charge or conviction of stalking in Tennessee. FindLaw defines the domestic abuse behavior as engaging in a pattern of trying to connect with a person who is unwilling to see, hear from or connect with you. The unwanted contact could be done in-person, by phone, mail, social media, etc. 

Impact

If the pattern of so-called stalking behavior leaves someone feeling afraid, harassed or in danger, police and law enforcement will pursue a case for stalking. A court would want to verify that the alleged victim of the stalking has good reason to be fearful and isn't paranoid or angry with the person they accuse of committing the crime.

 

If you have been accused of stalking, a conviction for a first-offense can get you incarcerated for almost a year in jail. To avoid a conviction and mitigate the damage to your life, work with an aggressive criminal defense lawyer who will defend your name from what are often false allegations.

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