Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 265, Section 43, punishes those who willfully and maliciously engage in a knowing pattern of conduct, directed at a specific person, aimed to caused emotion distress to that person and makes a threat with the intent to place that person in imminent fear of death or bodily injury.

The criminal penalty upon conviction for the crime of Stalking is imprisonment in the House of Corrections for up to 2.5 years, or state prison up to 5 years.  A conviction for the crime of stalking where a 'stay away' or Restraining Order is in effect is punishable with a minimum-mandatory sentence of not less than 1 year, and up to 5 years in state prison.

In order to be convicted of the crime of Stalking, the prosecutor is required to prove, beyond a reasonable doubt:
  1. That over a period of time the defendant knowingly engaged in a pattern of conduct or series of acts, involving at least three incidents, directed at a specific person;
  2. That those acts were of a kind that would cause a reasonable person to suffer substantial emotional distress; 
  3. That those acts did cause that person to become seriously alarmed or annoyed;
  4. That the defendant took those actions willfully and maliciously; and
  5. That the defendant also made a threat with the intention of placing that person in imminent fear of death or bodily injury.
Boston Criminal Lawyer Lefteris K. Travayiakis has extensive experience in defending crimes such as Stalking, Sex Crimes, Violent Crimes, and crimes involving Domestic Violence.

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