Top Memphis, TN Stalking Lawyers Near You

Stalking Lawyers | Memphis Office

6000 Poplar Avenue, Ste 225, Memphis, TN 38119

Stalking Lawyers | Covington Office | Serving Memphis, TN

131 West Liberty Ave, Covington, TN 38019

Stalking Lawyers | Memphis Office

165 Madison Avenue, Suite 2000, Memphis, TN 38103

Stalking Lawyers | Memphis Office

40 South Main, Suite 1700, Memphis, TN 38103

Stalking Lawyers | Memphis Office

999 Shady Grove Road, Suite 110, Memphis, TN 38120

Stalking Lawyers | Memphis Office

5100 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN 38137

Stalking Lawyers | Memphis Office

3200 Homewood Dr, Memphis, TN 38128

Stalking Lawyers | Memphis Office

296 Washington Avenue, Memphis, TN 38103

Stalking Lawyers | Covington Office | Serving Memphis, TN

111 West Pleasant Street, Covington, TN 38019

Stalking Lawyers | Memphis Office

200 Jefferson Avenue, Suite 1250, Memphis, TN 38103

Stalking Lawyers | Memphis Office

200 Jefferson Avenue, Suite 1313, Memphis, TN 38103

Stalking Lawyers | Memphis Office

200 Jefferson Avenue, Suite 1500, Memphis, TN 38103

Stalking Lawyers | Memphis Office

246 Adams Avenue, Memphis, TN 38103

Stalking Lawyers | Memphis Office

45 N B.B. King Blvd, 2nd Floor, Memphis, TN 38103

Stalking Lawyers | Memphis Office

200 Jefferson Ave, Suite 811, Memphis, TN 38103

Stalking Lawyers | Memphis Office

2670 Union Ave Extended, Suite 819, Memphis, TN 38112

Stalking Lawyers | Somerville Office | Serving Memphis, TN

205 West Market Street, PO Box 819, Somerville, TN 38068

Stalking Lawyers | Memphis Office

246 Adams Avenue, Memphis, TN 38103

Stalking Lawyers | Memphis Office

40 South Main Street, Suite 2800, Memphis, TN 38103

Stalking Lawyers | Memphis Office

6075 Poplar Avenue, Suite 500, Memphis, TN 38119

Stalking Lawyers | Memphis Office

6410 Poplar Ave, Suite 180, Memphis, TN 38119

Stalking Lawyers | Memphis Office

6070 Poplar Ave, Suite 300, Memphis, TN 38119

Stalking Lawyers | Memphis Office

119 South Main Street, Suite 700, Memphis, TN 38103

Stalking Lawyers | Germantown Office | Serving Memphis, TN

7776 Farmington Blvd, Unit 38156, Germantown, TN 38138

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The Average Total Federal Prison Sentence for Stalking in Tennessee

26.67 months*

* based on 2019 Individual Offenders - Federal Court sentencing in Tennessee federal courts. See Sentencing Data Information for complete details.

What Is Considered Stalking?

Stalking, from a legal perspective, typically involves the offender intimidating, threatening, extorting, surveilling or otherwise harassing the victim in at least two or more instances.

Federally, the offender must either cross state lines in the commission of the crime, and use interstate commerce (including tools such as the telephone and the internet) are also applicable. Therefore, cyberstalking is also covered.

Are There Different Degrees of Stalking Charges?

Stalking is treated as a broad crime with penalties according to the severity of the crime, at the judge or jury’s discretion. Penalties are usually escalated by aggravating factors such as the victim being a minor, the victim being part of a protected group where the stalking charge is connected to a hate or bias crime allegation or a weapon or serious threat being made in the commission of the act of stalking.

At the state level, stalking charges are typically differentiated by formal degree and the punishments within state statutes. In some states, there are four degrees of stalking charges. Third and fourth-degree stalking are misdemeanor charges, while second and first-degree stalking are classified as felony offenses. The misdemeanor charges typically involve lesser threats with fewer victims, while the felony charges involve the use of a weapon, a victim under the age of 14 or the intent to cause reckless or serious harm upon the victim.

Can You Go to Jail for a Stalking Charge in Tennessee?

Yes, you can go to jail if you are convicted of stalking, both at the federal level or at the state level. At the federal level, penalties range from up to five years incarceration (if the victim is not seriously injured, up to 10 years if they are) to a life sentence if death is the result of the stalking.

At the state level, stalking charges result in differing penalties depending on the degree the stalking charges are filed under. In some states, fourth-degree stalking can result in up to three years behind bars in county jail, a potential $500 fine and the option of a one-year probation period. By contrast, first-degree stalking charges, if successfully prosecuted, can result in a sentence of up to seven years in state prison as well as a fine of up to $5,000. If the guilty party is considered a repeat offender, this sentence can be escalated to life in prison. Most states follow a similar sentencing guideline for punishing the crime of stalking.

What Is the Difference Between Harassment and Stalking?

The primary difference between the offenses of harassment and of stalking is that the latter is based on a pattern or course of behavior, requiring at least two data points to proceed with legal charges. Harassment can be charged with only a singular act or offense, by contrast.

Is Online Stalking a Crime?

Online stalking, or cyberstalking, is considered a serious crime. Often lumped in with stalking more broadly, cyberstalking is perhaps even easier to prosecute at the federal level given that one of the requisites — interstate communication or commerce — is almost necessarily involved.

Several states, with California being the first in 1999, have enacted their own cyberstalking laws. Florida, Illinois, Texas, New York, Massachusetts and Missouri have also adopted relevant statutes to their own books.

Have You Been Arrested and Charged With Stalking?

Stalking is a serious criminal offense, and if convicted you could spend years in prison. If you are facing stalking charges you should contact a defense attorney as soon as possible.

To be convicted of stalking, you must threaten, harass or bully someone, causing fear or intimidation. Your behavior must indicate a pattern of stalking. Whether your conduct amounted to stalking is subjective. Your attorney can explain the laws prohibiting stalking and prepare your defense to the charge.

How Can an Attorney Help With a Stalking Charge?

If you are facing stalking charges, retaining legal counsel in order to protect yourself from the allegations is the first order of business. A skilled criminal defense attorney can help to craft the best case possible.

Stalking charges are quite serious, and the penalties for those convicted can be quite severe, sometimes involving a lengthy prison sentence and steep fines. A conviction means a criminal record if you do not already have one, and so it is important to consult experienced and skilled legal representation.

An attorney can often resolve your particular legal issue faster and better than trying to do it alone. A lawyer can help you navigate the legal system while avoiding costly mistakes or procedural errors. You should seek out an attorney whose practice focuses on the area of law most relevant to your issue.

Top Questions to Ask When Hiring an Attorney

  • How many years have you been practicing law? How long have you practiced law in the local area?
  • How many cases similar to mine have you handled in the past?
  • What is the likely outcome for my case?

In legal practice, experience matters. An experienced attorney will likely have handled issues similar to yours many, many times. Therefore, after listening to your situation, the attorney should have a reasonable idea of the time line for a case like yours and the likely resolution.

Tips on Approaching an Initial Attorney Consultation

  • Use the consultation as a means of gaining a better understanding of your legal situation.
  • Ask the attorney how many cases similar to yours he/she has handled. An attorney’s experience and knowledge can speak to their expertise (or lack of) in addressing your situation.
  • Your attorney should be able to articulate roughly how long a case like yours will take to resolve and what sort of procedures to expect.
  • Determine how comfortable you are working with the lawyer and/or law firm.

Types of legal fees:

Bill by the hour: Many attorneys bill by the hour. How much an attorney bills you per hour will vary based on a number of factors. For instance, an attorney’s hourly fee may fluctuate based on whether that hour is spent representing you in court or doing research on your case. Attorneys in one practice area may bill you more than attorneys in a different practice area.

Contingent fee: Some lawyers will accept payment via contingent fee. In this arrangement, the lawyer receives a percentage of the total monetary recovery if you win your lawsuit. In sum, the lawyer only gets paid if you win. Contingent fee agreements are limited to specific practice areas in civil law.

Flat fee: For “routine” legal work where the attorney generally knows the amount of time and resources necessary to complete the task, he/she may be willing to bill you a flat fee for services performed.

Common legal terms explained

Plaintiff – a person or party who brings a lawsuit against another person(s) or party/parties in a court of law. Private persons or parties can only file suit in civil court.

Judgment – A decision of the court. Also known as a decree or order. Judgments handed down by the court are usually binding on the parties before the court.

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