ohio stalking laws

Menacing by stalking in Ohio can be a serious charge that can change your life. If the State charges you under Ohio stalking laws, you may not know what to do. 

However, know that there are ways to defend yourself against such a charge. Contact an experienced Ohio criminal defense attorney today to discuss your case and see what steps you can take. 

Overview of Ohio Stalking Laws

Under Ohio Revised Code § 2903.211, no person may knowingly take any action that would cause another person to believe that the offender will cause physical harm or emotional distress to that person or a member of their family. This will constitute “menacing by stalking” under Ohio law. 

Take note, however, that the act of menacing by stalking extends beyond physical action or in-person communications. In fact, written and electronic communications used to cause another person to believe they are in danger of physical harm or emotional distress may also constitute stalking. 

Penalties for Menacing by Stalking in Ohio

In general, a violation of Ohio menacing by stalking law will result in a first-degree misdemeanor. This can result in jail time of up to 180 days and a fine of up to $1,000. However, this penalty can be increased in certain situations. 

For example, penalties will be enhanced if any of the following applies: 

  • The accused has a prior conviction for menacing by stalking;
  • The accused made a threat of physical harm to or against the victim;
  • In committing the act of menacing by stalking, the accused trespassed on property where the victim lives, works, or attends school; 
  • The victim is a minor; or
  • The accused has a history of violence toward the victim. 

In any of these situations, a violation will result in a fourth-degree felony charge. Further, a felony in the fourth degree in Ohio is punishable by up to 18 months in prison and up to $5,000 in fines. 

A felony can be damaging to your rights and reputation moving forward. In fact, a felony conviction can impact your credit or result in loss of the right to vote or hold office.

A felony conviction can even result in the revocation of certain professional licenses. Thus, it is imperative that you contact an attorney who can advocate and fight on your behalf. An experienced attorney can work with you to reduce and defend against your charges or have them expunged

Contact Our Team Today

If you are facing a criminal charge in or near Dayton, Ohio, for menacing by stalking, act now. Contact our team today to discuss your rights and defenses under the law. 

The criminal defense attorneys at Gounaris Abboud, LPA, have over 50 years of collective experience providing high-quality legal counsel to our clients. We are ready and willing to take on even the most challenging legal cases in Dayton and throughout Ohio. Contact us online or by phone at 937-222-1515 for a consultation and see what we can do for you.

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Nicholas Gounaris

Mr. Gounaris is able to understand legal issues from many different vantage points and that experience has proved invaluable in assisting his clients. Mr. Gounaris regularly represents clients in Montgomery, Greene, Miami, Preble, and Warren Counties as well as in the Federal Courts located in the Southern District of Ohio and throughout the United States. He provides clients of the firm with competent legal representation and focuses his law practice in the areas of DUI DefenseCriminal Defense, Family Law Issues, Federal Criminal Law and Personal Injury cases.

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