About Stalking Crimes In Massachusetts
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In 1992 the Massachusetts legislature enacted Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 265, Section 43 which outlines the crime of stalking. The statute reads as follows:
Whoever “(1) wilfully and maliciously engages in a knowing pattern of conduct or series of acts over a period of time directed at a specific person which seriously alarms or annoys that person and would cause a reasonable person to suffer substantial emotional distress and (2) also makes a threat with the intent to place that person in imminent fear of death or serious bodily injury” will be guilty of stalking.
In order to get a conviction for criminal harassment the prosecution needs to prove the following beyond a reasonable doubt:
- The defendant knowingly engaged in a pattern of conduct or series of acts, involving at least three incidents, directed at a specific person over a period of time;
- The Defendant’s conduct would cause a reasonable person to suffer substantial emotional distress;
- The Defendant’s conduct did in fact cause that person to become seriously alarmed or annoyed;
- The Defendant’s conduct was willful and malicious; and
- The Defendant made a threat and did so with the intent of placing that person in imminent fear of death or bodily injury.
Criminal Penalties For A Conviction On Stalking Charges
A defendant convicted of stalking faces a sentence of up to five years in state prison, or a fine up to $1,000 or imprisonment in the house of corrections for up to 2 ½ years or both. A Defendant convicted of a second offense of stalking faces a mandatory minimum sentence in a state prison of at least 2 years and maximum of up to 10 years.
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