If you are facing menacing or stalking charges in Ohio you may be wondering what exactly you did that caused you to be considered an accused criminal. You may be facing jail or prison time and are probably frightened at that prospect.
We know what you are up against and know you probably feel like no one is on your side. It may seem that you have already been convicted and you might doubt your chances at getting a fair trial. But our attorneys are here to fight for you, and work with you, not to judge you. And these charges can be overblown and misunderstood.
Perhaps your actions were misinterpreted by the alleged victim or police. However, there is a chance you realize that your actions were a mistake and want to take responsibility for them. Whatever the case, we want to help make sure you are treated fairly and properly by the Ohio courts. You deserve
We know that emotions can run high in cases like these. Typically because of the current or past relationship between you and the victim there can be feelings of anger, betrayal, and even sadness that the relationship has come to this point.
We have handled cases like these and are interested in hearing about yours. We know that no two cases are the same but want to apply our experience and expertise to help guarantee that your rights are protected and will fight on your behalf for the best possible results.
Please contact us today for a free consultation on Ohio stalking/menacing laws & penalties.
Ohio Stalking & Menacing Laws
Menacing – Penalties
If you are being accused of menacing that means that the prosecution believes it can prove that you led someone to believe you would cause harm to them, their property, or a family member. Menacing is typically considered a 4th Degree Misdemeanor which carries a potential sentence of 30 days in jail and fines of up to $250.
Ref: ORC 2903.22
Aggravated Menacing – Penalties
Aggravated menacing is slightly more serious than menacing and involves the alleged victim believing that you would cause serious harm to them, their property, or a family member. Aggravated menacing is typically a 1st degree misdemeanor and carries a potential sentence of up to 6 months in jail and up to $1,000 in fines.
Ref: ORC 2903.21
Menacing by Stalking – Laws & Penalties
Menacing by stalking involves a repeated pattern of menacing behavior. If you are accused of stalking in Ohio, the prosecution will have to prove that you engaged in a pattern of conduct that knowingly caused another person to fear physical harm or mental distress.
In most cases, menacing by stalking is a 1st degree misdemeanor which carries a potential 6 months jail sentence and fines up to $1,000.
However, the stalking charge may be elevated to a 4th degree felony if the victim is a minor, this is not your first conviction for stalking, you commit the offense in direct violation of a protection order, you were in possession of a deadly weapon at the time of offense, or you have a history of violence.
Felonies in the 4th degree carry a potential sentence of 6-18 months in prison and fines reaching up to $5,000.
Ref: ORC 2903.211
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Stalking laws are fairly new on the legal scene, but courts are not typically . Because of the potential for violence in these offenses, judges and prosecutors often come down hard on offenders. If you are facing charges like these you want to be sure you have an extremely qualified defense attorney representing you in court. Call us to find out what we can do for you.