It can be difficult for some people to let go of a relationship. For others, their attraction to a person may lead to fantasizing that a relationship exists when it does not, which may in turn lead to behavior that can qualify as stalking. It is important for you and other Arkansas residents to understand stalking laws in the state before you are accused of a crime.
Which behaviors constitute stalking, you may wonder? According to FindLaw, stalking may be comprised of numerous behaviors that can put the target in fear for his or her safety or life. The behaviors may also annoy, intimidate or make the other person feel uncomfortable, especially if the person has requested more than once that the behavior stop. Some examples of stalking may include the following:
- Being unable to move on after a relationship has ended and repeatedly calling or following the other person
- Learning where the person lives and following him or her home from work
- Manipulating or destroying property belonging to the other person
- Taking photographs of the other person without permission
- Following the other person on social media and sending unwanted texts and private messages
Stalking is considered a felony in Arkansas. Many instances of stalking are considered second-degree felonies, although it is a first-degree felony offense for making threats of violence, involving firearms or violating an existing protective order. If you are convicted of stalking, you may face between three and 20 years in prison. This information is not meant to replace the advice of a lawyer.