Stalking is a very scary and unpleasant experience that can take many different forms. It can be dangerous, and this is why you should never ignore such behavior. If you believe that you are being stalked, you should know that it could constitute a form of domestic violence, particularly if this person is someone you live with, used to live with or someone you have been in a romantic relationship with.
You have the right to be free from stalking, and therefore, it’s possible to put in place a restraining order if you want to put a stop to it. The following is an overview of the definition of stalking and how you can stop it.
The definition of stalking
In Florida, stalking itself is a crime, and it’s punishable by up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $1,000. The act of stalking in Florida is defined as “willful, malicious, and repeated following or harassing.”
Protecting yourself from stalking
You can always take action to protect yourself from stalking. In some cases, you may be able to have an emergency protection order (EPO) put in place very quickly. This is a short-term form of protection for the victim of the stalking until they have enough time to request long-term protection. In the long-term, they will be able to get an order of protection or a restraining order.
If you are concerned about the behavior of another person toward you and you believe that you are being stalked, it is important that you take swift action to protect your safety. An experienced attorney can help.