Although a conviction for stalking may result in the need to register as a sex offender in some circumstances, many individuals mistakenly believe that stalking would never be classified as a sex crime. Everything depends on the justification for your activities, as determined by the courts.
According to California law, stalking is defined as any intentional contact with a single individual for no other reason than to annoy, harass, fear, or terrorize that person. That doesn't seem at all like a sex crime, does it? Continue reading to learn why a specific case might be so, and then call the Law Office of Michael L. Fell at (949) 585-9055 for assistance with your situation.
Possible consequences for stalking
Stalking charges in California can be either misdemeanors or felonies. The particulars of the case will determine everything. If you are found guilty of misdemeanor stalking, you might spend up to 364 days in jail and pay a $1,000 fine. A restraining order that forbids you from having any contact with the victim for a while is also likely to be issued against you.
If you are accused of a felony, you might serve up to three years in prison. You might also need to register as a sex offender at this time for the rest of your life. This is not a mandatory component of a stalking sentence. The judge may nevertheless add it if they deem it necessary. You need an experienced attorney to fight this case, and this is only one of them. For assistance, call the Law Office of Michael L. Fell at (949) 585-9055.
Why the judge might decide to require that you register
A California judge could order you to register as a sex offender if one of a few circumstances occurs. If they consider your felony record and conclude that your major purpose was either sexual compulsion or sexual enjoyment, they will typically do so. In your trial, we can use evidence to refute this claim.
Contact a qualified lawyer right away
If you have been accused of stalking, you should contact legal counsel right once. Law Office of Michael L. Fell may be able to assist you in a number of ways, depending on the particulars of your situation. The charges might be dropped if we succeed in getting the evidence suppressed. Other times, we might try to negotiate a plea agreement. The ideal outcome would be to have felonies reduced to misdemeanors. We will also try your case if necessary.
We at the Law Office of Michael L. Fell have the necessary expertise. This is not your only struggle. Yes, you have choices. There are decisions you can make today, regardless of how hopeless you may feel or how concerned you may be about the future. Call us at (949) 585-9055 to schedule a free legal consultation.