Harassment / Stalking
Facing criminal charges like stalking and harassment charges can be life altering. You are possible at risk of years behind bars and at a minimum a life that is forever changed with a permanent criminal record if you are found guilty.
Accusations of harassment and stalking typically come from people you know. Depending on the circumstances, these cases can be heavy with emotion. Perhaps you had a relationship with your accuser; this can make the situation particularly difficult.
When dealing with criminal charges of this magnitude, you need a skilled attorney who has dealt with similar cases before. An aggressive and dedicated attorney can help take a load off your shoulders, allowing you to focus better on the situation.
Harassment or Stalking charges are often based on a misunderstanding between two parties. If you believe this is the case in your situation, our attorneys may be able to help fix this problem and beat the charges before it’s too late.
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Iowa Stalking Laws
Stalking is actually considered an assault crime under Iowa law. You can face a variety of penalties depending on which classification of stalking you are charged with.
You may be charged with stalking if you are believed to have done all of the following:
- Engaged in a course of conduct directed at someone that would cause a reasonable person to fear bodily injury or death of that person or a member of their family,
- Engaged in this action having known or should have known that the person would be placed in reasonable fear, and
- The action actually induces such fear in the targeted person.
A first offense stalking charge is typically classified as an aggravated misdemeanor carrying a potential sentence of up to 2 years in prison and $6250 in fines.
However, there are certain situations where the stalking charge is elevated to a felony.
In certain situations involving a weapon or a victim under the age of 18, stalking can be charged as a Class D felony, even for a first offense. Your second stalking charge is also usually a Class D felony. These charges are punishable by up to 5 years in prison and $7,500 in fines.
If this is your third or subsequent stalking offense, you will be charged with a Class C felony, and face up to 10 years in prison and fines of $10,000.
Ref: IA. St. §708.11
Iowa Harassment Laws
Harassment is a slightly less serious charge than stalking. A criminal record is still quite intimidating, however.
You may be charged with this offense if the prosecution has probable cause that you did any of the following with the intent to alarm, annoy, or intimidate another person:
- Communicate via phone, email, or other methods likely to cause annoyance,
- Place a simulated explosive device where it will likely affect another person,
- Orders merchandise or services in another person’s name to be delivered to that person without their knowledge,
- Report false information to law enforcement, implicating someone in a crime knowing that information to be false.
Harassment in the 3rd degree applies on your first offense and is considered a simple misdemeanor. This charge could get you 30 days in jail and fines reaching $625.
Harassment in the 2nd degree is for second offenses and is classified as a serious misdemeanor, carrying a potential 1 year sentence and fines of $1875.
If this is your third offense or if the harassment involves the threat of bodily harm, you will likely be charged with 1st Degree Harassment, an aggravated misdemeanor. This, the most serious harassment charge, carries a potential 2 year sentence and $6250 in fines.
Ref: IA. St. §708.7
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