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Stalking is a serious crime that can leave a person feeling vulnerable and violated. It is a severe invasion of your privacy that can have a traumatic long-term effect on your feelings of safety and security. Stalking has been tied to both domestic violence and sexual assault, and victims are encouraged to take legal action immediately.
At Charles R. Ullman & Associates, our compassionate Raleigh family law attorneys have handled many types of cases involving stalking. We have helped countless clients obtain restraining orders to protect themselves from harassers. In fact, Mr. Ullman’s experience in these and other family law matters has earned him certification from the North Carolina State Bar’s Board of Legal Specialization.
Schedule a consultation with our knowledgeable legal team now to learn what actions you can take to stop a stalker.
North Carolina’s law against stalking aims to protect victims and prevent this dangerous behavior from escalating. The law is intentionally broad so stalkers can be held accountable for a variety of activities that harass a victim and cause substantial emotional distress. The law states that:
Stalking may include a pattern of following, observing, or monitoring a victim. It can also include repeated threats, intimidating actions, or violent behaviors aimed at the victim. A perpetrator may take actions against a victim directly (such as making threats in person), indirectly (such as through emails or texts), or through a third party (such as having a friend follow the victim).
Stalking can come in many forms. So it is important that you know your rights and what types of behaviors are considered stalking. If you are the victim of any of the following types of incidents, you need to speak with a knowledgeable restraining order attorney about your options:
Victims may underestimate the seriousness of stalker behavior at first. However, these types of behaviors can quickly escalate. If you or a loved one is being harassed, do not hesitate to learn about your legal options.
Stalkers are generally divided into five personality types. These are:
A restraining order may be the first step toward protecting yourself from a stalker. However, depending on the severity of the circumstances, stalkers may also require court-ordered mental health treatment or incarceration.
There are a number of precautions you can take to protect yourself from a stalker. At Charles R. Ullman & Associates, we are here to help. We can help you file for a restraining order against your stalker and guide you on what to do if the person violates the restraining order.
In addition, you should:
You can obtain a restraining order against someone you have a personal relationship with, such as a former partner or family member, or against a stranger. Restraining orders against those with whom you have had a relationship are called Domestic Violence Protective Orders (DVPO). Restraining orders against strangers or acquaintances are called Civil No-Contact Orders.
If you are being harassed by a stalker and need help, contact the dedicated Raleigh domestic violence attorneys at Charles R. Ullman & Associates today. Our legal team has helped countless clients throughout Wake County file for restraining orders against stalkers, and we stand ready to help you now. Call or fill out our online form to schedule a consultation.
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