How is Harassment Different From Stalking in Maryland?
Stalking is a serious crime in Maryland, punishable by up to five years in prison.
Experienced Baltimore criminal defense lawyers Attorney Eric T. Kirk knows that it is not necessary that the defendant actually follow a victim in order to sustain a stalking conviction. The crime of harassment, on the other hand, may be proved by following another in a manner that alarms or annoys that individual. As with stalking, the state may also prove the crime by showing a malicious course of conduct that alarms or annoys that victim. The alleged perpetrator must be given a warning to cease and desist before a prosecution is warranted.