Aggravated Stalking in Michigan – What You Need To Know
Aggravated stalking in Michigan is a serious offense. If you or someone you know is charged with aggravated stalking, you’ll need an experienced Michigan sex crimes attorney to fight for you. Attorney Nicole Blank Becker will help you understand the charges you are facing and develop a creative, personalized strategy for your defense. Call her now at 248 505 5929 for immediate assistance.
Stalking in Michigan – Charges and Penalties
Under the Michigan law, simple stalking charges are classified as a misdemeanor. An aggravated stalking charge is classified as a felony.
Misdemeanor Stalking – charges and penalties
If you are found guilty of misdemeanor stalking in Michigan, penalties will include prison time and fines. Misdemeanor stalking charges are often a result of non-consensual contact. This includes approaching a person in a public place or a property without his or her consent. Examples of this include: following a person, sending unsolicited mail or emails, and unsolicited phone calls.
Under the Michigan Penal Code 750.411h, the penalty for misdemeanor stalking conviction is up to one year in prison and fines of up to $1,000. If the victim is a minor, the penalty will be up to 5 years in prison with fines of up to $10,000.
Felony Stalking – charges and penalties
If the stalking offense you are charged with meets the following criteria, it will be classified as felony stalking:
- You committed an action that violated an existing restraining order
- You committed an action that violated probation, parole, or pre-trial release
- The stalking charge involves threat against the victim and/or the victims family
- You have an existing stalking charge
The penalties of felony stalking includes up to 5 years in prison, fines of up to $15,000 and probation. If the victim is a minor, the penalties will be doubled.
If you are convicted of stalking charges (felony or misdemeanor), mandatory counselling, probation, restraining orders and anger management might be required.
Don’t let a stalking charge ruin your life and your future. Don’t take this lightly as it might be upgraded to a more severe charge under the Michigan law. Hire a Michigan criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible!