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Stalking laws Tennessee residents should understand

Like almost everyone else, you have heard about stalking and may have a basic understanding of this behavior, but you might not realize all that it entails, especially the laws pertaining to stalking in Tennessee. At the Law Office of Rob McKinney, we are ready to answer the questions of those who may be facing stalking charges and unsure what to do next.

If you asked a co-worker out and were declined, you might feel like asking him or her out once more after waiting a few months and giving your crush some time to get to know you better. This seems like a reasonable approach and may, in fact, work for some people. Unfortunately, your situation did not take this turn, and you are instead being accused of stalking. This may understandably make you worry about whether you could lose your job or face criminal charges.

According to FindLaw, stalking is defined as persistent behavior of intense interest that the target does not encourage or reciprocate. Simply asking your co-worker on a date more than once does not necessarily qualify as stalking. Rather, stalking encompasses numerous behaviors that can make the target feel afraid and intimidated. Stalking often occurs after an abusive relationship has ended. The behavior may include repeated phone calls and text messages, following someone to and from work and other places, persistent emails and posts on social media and threats to cause physical harm.

In Tennessee, stalking is usually a misdemeanor charge for the first offense. A subsequent offense within seven years against the same victim is a felony. As our page explains, domestic violence and stalking laws can be complex, and experienced counsel is recommended.

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