Stalking is the sort of charge regularly heard in the Magistrates Court.
This charge is generally laid in situations where a person engages in a course of conduct that is listed in the section for this offence, and that the conduct causes physical or mental harm to the victim, or an apprehension or fear in the victim for their safety or the safety of any other person.
In essence, to prove that someone is guilty of this charge, the Prosecution must show that the accused engaged in at least one of the acts listed in the section for this offence and that the act caused physical or mental harm to the victim, or aroused apprehension or fear in the victim for their safety or the safety of another person. The accused must have engaged in the conduct with the intention of causing that harm to the victim.
Stalking comes in many forms and there is an excellent clinic at Forensicare that treats the more extreme forms of stalking. It is the sort of conduct where a psychological report is extremely important on a plea of guilty. The reason for this is that the behavior needs to be placed in a context as to what is underlying it.
Defences to this charge are often factual disputes or issues related to mental impairment.
Deciding on whether to plead guilty or not has important implications for you and should be made after proper discussions with a criminal lawyer.
This is legislation that comes from section 21A of the Crimes Act 1958.
Further information on Stalking
In a Stalking case, the following defences may be applicable to the charge:
- Mental Impairment
- Honest and Reasonable Mistake of Belief
- Lack of Intent
- Factual and Identification Dispute
What penalties can be imposed for a charge of Stalking?
- Deferral of Sentencing
- Without Conviction Order
- Adjournment of the Charges on Undertaking (Good Behaviour Bond)
- Community Corrections Order
- Suspended Prison Sentence
- Term of Imprisonment
What is the legislation for the charge of Stalking?
The legislation for this offence can be found on section 21A of Crimes Act 1958.
Stalking Case Studies
Media articles related to the charge of Stalking:
Links to further information about the charge of Stalking:
- Policing and Prosecuting Practices in three Australian Jurisdictions
- Stalking: Criminal Justice Responses
- Is Stalking Legislation Effective in Protecting Victims?
- Bullies beware: you’re now stalkers under Victorian law
- Stalking Among Juveniles
- Cyber-stalkers face stiff jail terms
- Stalking Information
Need further legal advice on this charge?
Contact one of our solicitors specialising in cases of Stalking, Josh Taaffe.