Stalking Defense Attorney in Michigan

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What is Considered Stalking?

Stalking charges can result from various circumstances – from an emotionally charged situation to a simple misunderstanding to false accusations. Michigan takes stalking very seriously. If you are charged with a stalking offense, you are understandably scared and worried about the future and what might happen. Before you do or say anything to anyone – Call the stalking defense attorneys with LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. for a consultation regarding your situation. Our highly experienced criminal defense attorneys will answer all your questions.

Stalking is addressed in MCL 750.411h. Keep in mind that there are many ways to interpret the statute and many ways to use it for your benefit. This is why having a highly experienced legal team working on your behalf is in your best interest. The offense of stalking is a misdemeanor offense that is punishable by not more than one year in jail and a fine of not more than $1000.00. If the stalking victim is less than 18 years old and the person charged with stalking is five (5) or more years older than the alleged victim, the charge becomes a felony punishable by not more than five (5) years in prison and a fine of not more than $10,000.00.

To convict someone of stalking, the prosecutor must prove each of the following beyond a reasonable doubt:

  • There was a willful course of conduct involving repeated or continuing harassment of another person.
  • That conduct would cause a reasonable person to feel terrorized, frightened, intimidated, threatened, harassed, or molested.
  • That the person actually did feel terrorized, frightened, intimidated, threatened, harassed, or molested.

What is Considered Aggravated Stalking?

Aggravated stalking is defined in MCL 750.411i. Aggravated stalking is a felony punishable by not more than five (5) years in prison and a fine of not more than $10,000.00. The penalties are increased if the alleged victim is under 18 years old and the alleged stalker is five (5) or more years older than the victim. Again, there are many ways to interpret this law and its elements. You should leave it to the stalking defense specialists at LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. to help you.

To convict someone of aggravated stalking, a prosecutor must prove that the offense of stalking occurred and any of the following beyond a reasonable doubt. Your stalking defense attorney can help you understand the charges and any possible defenses to stalking allegations.

  • At least 1 of the actions constituting the offense violates a restraining order, and the individual charged has received actual notice of the restraining order.
  • At least 1 of the actions constituting the offense violates a probation condition, parole condition, condition of bond, or condition of the bond pending appeal.
  • A course of conduct includes making one or more credible threats against the alleged victim, a member of the alleged victim’s family, or another person living in the same household as the alleged victim.
  • There is a prior conviction for violation for aggravating stalking or stalking.
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What am I looking at as a possible penalty? Am I going to jail/prison?

The answer is that it depends. Michigan takes stalking very seriously, and the Oakland, Macomb, and Wayne County judges also take the offense very seriously. However, LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. has an outstanding track record of achieving minimal sentences for those clients who are convicted or plead guilty. If you are acquitted (found not guilty), there will be no sentence, and the case will be dismissed.

After detailed, caring, and careful consultation with our clients, we might determine that resolving a case without a trial is in our client’s best interest. Our attorneys will approach the prosecution and negotiate the best plea bargain possible if that is the case. If the prosecutor refuses to negotiate, our attorneys will seek a favorable sentence bargain, called a Cobb’s Plea, directly from the judge. LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. will leave no stone unturned to get our clients the best resolution.

As a sentence, a period of probation can be expected. How long the probation will last depends on the court and if the offense is a felony or misdemeanor. Probation can include community service, drug/alcohol testing, fines and costs, meetings with a probation officer, therapy (psychiatric, psychological, or social), not contacting the victim, and many more possibilities.

Whether a judge will order jail or prison depends greatly on a person’s prior criminal record and the severity of the stalking offense (was anyone hurt?). The stalking defense attorneys at LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. will take all measures necessary to ensure that jail is avoided when possible.

What if I am falsely accused of stalking? How can a stalking defense attorney help?

False accusations are very easy to make. Maybe you were in a relationship that ended badly, and your former partner wants to hurt you. Perhaps you are just trying to be friendly to someone, and it got interpreted the wrong way. There are numerous possibilities for misunderstandings and malice. Do not try to explain yourself to the police, a prosecutor, or a judge. You need the law firm of LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. to speak on your behalf. Our stalking defense lawyers know just what to say and when to say it to help explain an already bad situation. We have vast experience in situations just like this and know what to do and when to do it to help you. If you face stalking allegations, you need help from a qualified, experienced stalking defense attorney.

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Extensive Experience Defended Stalking Charges

The award-winning attorneys at LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. are here to help you. Our attorneys have decades of experience representing people charged with crimes. We understand the stress, worry, and fear of facing the criminal justice system. You MUST NOT enter a courtroom and face a prosecutor and judge without the best legal representation available. Your future and possibly your freedom are at stake. LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. is well respected by prosecutors and judges for our zealous, skilled, and fearless advocacy. We have a reputation for being passionate, compassionate, and presenting well-thought-out and creative defenses for our clients. You can expect nothing but the best from the attorneys at LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C.

Call us today at (248) 263-6800 for a free consultation or complete an online Request for Assistance Form. We will contact you promptly and find a way to help you.

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