At B. Hicks Law Firm, we're committed to providing comprehensive legal support and defense for a range of criminal charges. Stalking, an often misunderstood but serious offense, is one area where our expertise shines. Indiana Code 35-45-10-5 lays out the specifics of stalking and its different levels of severity, delineating the penalties based on the circumstances.
Breaking Down the Law:
Level 6 Felony Stalking: The law defines stalking as a Level 6 felony when one person stalks another, creating fear or distress in the victim.
Elevated to Level 5 Felony if:
The stalker makes explicit or implicit threats intending to cause reasonable fear of sexual battery, serious bodily injury, or death.
A protective or no-contact order has been issued to protect the victim, and the stalker has been notified of the order.
The stalking violates conditions of pretrial release, probation, or a protective order in a paternity action.
The offense was committed or facilitated using a tracking device.
Level 4 Felony Stalking: The offense becomes a Level 4 felony if it involves being armed with a deadly weapon during the act or if the stalker has a previous conviction for stalking against the same victim.
How We Can Help:
Understanding the complexities of Indiana's stalking laws is crucial when facing such charges. At B. Hicks Law Firm, our experienced attorneys specialize in criminal defense and can navigate the nuances of these laws to offer the best possible defense for our clients.
Our approach involves a comprehensive examination of the case, gathering evidence, understanding the circumstances, and crafting a strong defense strategy. We prioritize our clients' rights, ensuring fair representation and working diligently to secure the best outcome possible.
Stalking charges can have severe repercussions, and navigating the legal system in such cases demands expertise and a nuanced understanding of the law. At B. Hicks Law Firm, our dedication to defending our clients' rights and our in-depth knowledge of Indiana's criminal laws allows us to provide unparalleled legal support in stalking cases.
If you or someone you know is facing stalking charges, don't navigate the legal complexities alone. Contact B. Hicks Law Firm today for expert guidance and a robust defense strategy tailored to your unique situation.