No one likes to be rejected, and it’s certainly not a crime to try to convince someone to change their mind. But be careful. If your persistence rises to a level where the other person feels threatened, you may find yourself charged with stalking.

A person engages in stalking when he or she follows, places under surveillance, or contacts another person without their consent, for the purpose of harassment or intimidation. For a first offense, stalking is a misdemeanor carrying a maximum of twelve (12) months in jail. A second offense is a felony, carrying one (1) to ten (10) years in prison.

If a person commits stalking and there is already some kind of court order requiring you to stay away from that person, you can be charged with Aggravated Stalking, which is a felony carrying one (1) to ten (10) years in prison.

How does Atlanta criminal attorney Andrew B. Margolis defend a stalking or aggravated stalking case? In most cases, the client is not denying that contact occurred. But, being annoying is NOT a crime. Sometimes the other party hasn’t made it clear that she doesn’t want to hear from you. Sometimes, he HAS made it clear, but then subsequently initiates contact. In short, we may be able to show that the contact was consented to. Also, to be convicted of stalking, the contact has to be made with the intent to harass or intimidate. If we can show that there was some legitimate purpose to the communication, then there’s no crime.

The Margolis Legal Group, P.C. specializes in family violence and stalking cases. Whether you are accused of stalking, or need protection from a stalker, Atlanta criminal lawyer Andrew B. Margolis can help. Call for your free consultation with an Atlanta criminal attorney today.