Wisconsin Stalking Defense – Criminal Attorneys in Milwaukee
Stalking offenses in Wisconsin are serious crimes that subject you to significant consequences. For example, it can be a crime to cause emotional distress to someone else repeatedly. In particular, if you do something that would generally cause someone to feel terrified, intimidated, threatened, or harassed, it may be considered stalking in Wisconsin. If the state prosecutes you for harassment with criminal charges for a stalking offense in Milwaukee, or anywhere in Wisconsin, you need thorough representation. The Wisconsin criminal defense attorneys in Milwaukee at Gamino Law Offices, LLC have experience defending Wisconsin harassment offenses, including stalking crimes.
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Wisconsin Stalking Charges
Wisconsin law defines stalking as follows::
Whoever meets all of the following criteria is guilty stalking:Wisconsin Statute § 940.32(2)
(a) The actor intentionally engages in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person under the same circumstances to suffer serious emotional distress or to fear bodily injury to or the death of himself or herself or a member of his or her family or household.
(b) The actor knows or should know that at least one of the acts that constitute the course of conduct will cause the specific person to suffer serious emotional distress or place the specific person in reasonable fear of bodily injury to or the death of himself or herself or a member of his or her family or household.
(c) The actor’s acts cause the specific person to suffer serious emotional distress or induce fear in the specific person of bodily injury to or the death of himself or herself or a member of his or her family or household.
Definition of terms related to stalking charges in Wisconsin
Course of conduct
Course of conduct means a series of 2 or more acts done by a person or that a person causes another to do, carried out over time, however short or long, that show a continuity of purpose, including any of the following:
maintaining a visual or physical proximity to the victim;
approaching or confronting the victim;
appearing at the victim’s workplace or contacting the victim’s employer or coworkers;
appearing at the victim’s home or contacting the victim’s neighbors;
entering property owned, leased, or occupied by the victim;
contacting the victim by telephone or causing the victim’s telephone or any other person’s telephone to ring repeatedly or continuously, regardless of whether a conversation ensues;
photographing, videotaping, audiotaping, or, through any other electronic means, monitoring or recording the activities of the victim;
sending material by any means to the victim or, for the purpose of obtaining information about, disseminating information about, or communicating with the victim, to a member of the victim’s family or household or an employer, coworker, or friend of the victim;
placing an object on or delivering an object to property owned, leased, or occupied by the victim;
delivering an object to a member of the victim’s family or household or an employer, coworker, or friend of the victim or placing an object on, or delivering an object to, property owned, leased, or occupied by such a person with the intent that the object be delivered to the victim.Wisconsin Statute 940.32(1)(a)
Suffer emotional distress
Suffer serious emotional distress means to feel terrified, intimidated, threatened, harassed, or tormented.Wisconsin Statute 940.32(1)(d)
Possible sentencing consequences for a stalking conviction in Milwaukee or elsewhere in Wisconsin
If convicted of stalking in Wisconsin, that is generally a Class I Felony.
Stalking offenses may be a Class H Felony if any of the following are present:
- The defendant:
- has a previous conviction for a violent crime as defined in Wisconsin Statute § 939.632(1)(e)1, stalking, or harassment.
- has a previous conviction for a crime and the victim of that crime was the victim of the crime in this case, and this case happened within 7 years of the previous conviction.
- intentionally gained access to or caused another person to gain access to a record in electronic format that contained personally identifiable information regarding the victim in order to facilitate the crime in this case.
- illegally intercepted electronic or oral communications or used a restricted pen register or trap and trace device in order to facilitate the crime in this case.
- The victim was under the age of 18 at the time of this offense.
Stalking may be a Class F Felony if any of the following are present: the
- act resulted in bodily harm to the victim or a member of the victim’s family or household.
- defendant had a previous conviction for a violent crime as defined in Wisconsin Statute § 939.632(1)(e)1, for stalking, or harassment, and the victim in that crime was the victim in this case; and the crime in this case occurred within 7 years after the previous conviction.
- defendant used a dangerous weapon in carrying out any of the acts that constitute the offense.
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