Stalking

The North Carolina Stalking Law
You can obtain an arrest warrant if your spouse, significant other, or any other person has been stalking you. Under North Carolina law (N.C. Gen. Stat. ยง14-277.3A), a person commits the offense of stalking if that person, on more than one occasion, willfully follows you or is in your presence without legal purpose, with the intent to either 1) place you in reasonable fear for your safety or the safety of your immediate family or close personal associates, or 2) cause you to suffer substantial emotional distress by placing you in fear of death, bodily injury, or continued harassment, and in fact causes substantial emotional distress. “Harassment” means knowing conduct, including written communication, telephone calls, faxes, pager messages, and email, directed at a specific person that torments, terrorizes, or terrifies that person and that serves no legitimate purpose. A conviction of the crime of stalking is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine and imprisonment. A conviction of stalking when there is already a court order in effect prohibiting similar behavior is a Class H felony. A second conviction of stalking is a Class F felony.

You should immediately inform the police of any acts of stalking and take whatever lawful steps are necessary to protect yourself and any children or loved ones. Keep a diary of all such occurrences. These steps will improve your chances of obtaining a conviction and will help you prepare for your testimony in court.

Verified June 2011