Federal laws do not dictate the laws on stalking; state governments regulate and define them. The state of New Mexico has their own dictation which is similar to those of other states, but is in their own words. Stalking charges can range from a misdemeanor to a felony and can only get worse if the pursuant continues.
New Mexico defines stalking as follows. The stalker knowingly pursuing a pattern of conduct that would cause reasonable person to be frightened, intimidated, or threatened. Stalker must intend to cause reasonable apprehension. Stalker must follow surveil, or harass. Aggravated stalking: stalking when it violates a restraining order, while possessing a weapon, or when the victim is less than sixteen years old. Stalking usually comes with a protective order for the victim being harassed and possibly paying for counseling for the victim as well.
Punishments for this crime are misdemeanor infractions and counseling. Aggravated stalking is a fourth degree felony with counseling. Misdemeanor repeat offenders upon subsequent conviction being guilty is raised to a fourth degree felony and counseling. Fourth degree felony repeat offenders who are found guilty are subject to a third degree felony.
Some activities that are not included in the stalking laws, legally protected activities, would include picketing or public demonstrations. Most notably for being stalked are celebrities. They have many fans that become obsessed and harass them into a fearful state. Stalking can occur anywhere, at any time, and to anyone. If you feel you are being stalked, the best option is to contact your local police and give them information. They can then define what actions should be taken next. All information gathered in this paper was compiled from the reference book National Survey of State Laws 4th ED.
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