Stalking another person by using the telephone, Internet, or U.S. mail is a felony crime under the criminal law of the United States. This article discusses the federal anti-stalking law. For information about state anti-stalking laws, see Defending Against an Accusation of Stalking. What is Stalking?
High schoolers texting photos of a half-dressed, drunken classmate, jealous teens ganging up on the new girl on Facebook—are these just samples of the age-old adolescent drama playing out on a new stage? Or, are they examples of a light-speed escalation of bullying? State legislatures are grappling with these questions.
Stalking is a serious crime that can be a felony or misdemeanor. All 50 states have criminal laws against stalking. The specific definition of the crime varies among jurisdictions but typically involves a pattern of following, watching, or monitoring another person with the intent to harass, frighten, intimidate, threaten, or cause the person emotional distress.
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