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What Conduct is Considered Stalking Under Maryland Law?

"Stalking" is a specific, and serious, crime under Maryland law, and also a term in common usage. The statutory meaning and common usage of the term are not a match. Stalking, the crime, under the law, is defined as a course of conduct, where one purses another, or otherwise puts that person in fear of a specified crime. The more common use of the term suggests that one person is paying a lot of attention to another, but not necessarily that the target is in fear. Experienced Baltimore criminal defense attorneys have seen that what constitutes a ‘course of conduct’ is sometimes open to serious debate. Stalking is a serious offense, and can carry a 5 year sentence.

A course of conduct, for purposes of stalking, means more than once.

Those specified target crimes are:

  • assault or bodily injury
  • rape
  • false imprisonment
  • death

     -This Article was updated by Eric Kirk on 4/27/20.

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