Stalking and Aggravated Stalking Charges in South Carolina
South Carolina code of law 16-3-1700 defines stalking as a patten of words or conduct of any form that has no true purpose, and is done in order to inflict on a person or would inflict on a reasonable person fear of:
- bodily injury,
- criminal sexual contact,
- kidnapping, or
- property damage
to the person or a member of their family.
Aggravated stalking is stalking accompanied by an act of violence.
Penalties for Stalking in South Carolina
- A person convicted of stalking is guilty of a felony and fined a maximum of $5,000, faces up to 5 years in jail, or both.
- A person convicted of stalking when an injunction or restraining order is in place is guilty of a felony and fined a maximum of $7,000, faces up to 10 years in jail, or both.
- A person convicted of stalking with a prior conviction of harassment or stalking within the past 10 years is guilty of a felony and must be fined a maximum of $10,000, a 15 year jail sentence, or both.
- In addition to the above penalties, a person convicted of stalking who requested licensing or registration information from the DMV and used the information to carryout the offense of stalking must be fined $1000, face a 1 year jail sentence, or both.
If you are facing stalking or aggravated stalking charges in SC, call the Strom Law Firm, LLC today for a free consultation.