A stalker does not just have to be a creep hiding in the bushes or following 3 cars behind you everywhere you go. A stalker does not have to wear all black clothing and have a bag full of spy gear. Often people can be accused of stalking for sending unwanted gifts or trying to contact an ex who does not want to be contacted. A situation can quickly be blown out of proportion if the other person doesn’t like your actions and you can find yourself facing a stalking or voyeurism charge.
As stated in Florida Statute 784.048, stalking means “A person who willfully, maliciously, and repeatedly follows, harasses (acts causing a person severe emotional distress), or cyberstalks another person.” Here, stalking will require a course of conduct, meaning a person will commit a series of acts, such as follow you to work every day, make never ending phone calls, or send you items, and perform these acts with a purpose. Stalking is a 1st degree misdemeanor, and if convicted, you can be sentenced up to 1 year in jail or probation and $1,000 fine. A stalking charge is increased to a 3rd degree felony if: