Stalking occurs when a defendant willfully, maliciously and repeatedly follows or harasses a victim; makes a credible threat to the victim; and intends to place the victim in reasonable fear for the victim’s own safety or the safety of their family. The penalty when the crime is charged as a misdemeanor is up to one year in county jail and a fine of up to $1000. If convicted of a felony, you face serving three, four or five years in state prison, depending on whether you have committed stalking or other domestic violence crimes (spouse abuse, criminal threats, etc.) previously, and whether the prior conviction was for a felony.
County Jail or State Prison
Probation or Parole
A criminal record (which may or may not be later expunged, reduced, or dismissed)
Fines and fees involving hundreds or even thousands of dollars
Anger management or domestic violence classes for up to a year (your time and money
Community Service or Work (your time and money)
May have to register as a sex offender
Restitution or reimbursement to the victim for loss of or damage to property
For felonies, have to provide DNA sample which goes into nationwide database
Possible deportation or other immigration consequences
No longer able to vote in elections
Could affect current job, future employment or professional license
Restraining or protective order will be issued
Could affect child custody and visitation arrangement with fellow parent
May have to move out of you and your spouse’s home (domestic violence)
May not be able to have contact with your own children (domestic violence)
Could affect right to vote, jury service, and holding public office
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In sports it is often said that the best defense is a good offense. This is especially true with stalking and domestic violence cases, where it is extremely important to immediately hire an experienced, skilled, and aggressive attorney like Tracy Grayson early on, preferably the day you are arrested. Realize that once you are arrested, your spouse, as the victim, has no control over pressing charges because once the police and the DA or prosecutor are involved, they have complete control over whether charges will be filed against you. It does not matter if your spouse wants to drop the charges.
Nevertheless, Mr. Grayson has been very successful in convincing the DA or prosecutor to dismiss the charges, and has otherwise employed various legal tactics to ensure a great outcome for his clients in stalking and domestic violence cases. Barring a dismissal, uncooperative witness, insufficient evidence, recanting, witness credibility, inconsistent statements, and lack of corroboration are all common defenses and issues which have come up during Attorney Grayson’s 15 years of successfully fighting stalking and domestic violence cases.
When you are facing stalking and domestic violence charges, you need an experienced, skilled, and aggressive attorney like Tracy Grayson, who will thoroughly review, investigate and prepare your case, interview prosecution and defense witnesses, obtain additional discovery, research complexities in the law, prepare motions, appoint or hire experts, aggressively fight for your freedom in court, and make certain that we do everything possible to win your case.
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In a recent case at the central court in downtown Los Angeles, Mr. Grayson fought hard to whittle the case down from robbery to petty theft and eventually to a dismissal. His very young client and the client’s father were very happy when Mr. Grayson got the DA and judge to go along with a disposition which allowed the client to have the conviction erased from his record if he performed community service and stayed out of trouble.