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Stalking Laws in Nevada

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Stalking Laws in Nevada


In Nevada, stalking is defined as performing deliberate actions to cause someone else to reasonably fear for their safety and the safety of their loved ones. A person cannot be charged with stalking for one event, but rather a pattern of actions over time in order to make another individual feel scared or terrorized.

Common examples of stalking include:

  1. Following a person by foot or vehicle for a lengthy distance

  2. Frequently calling, texting, or leaving several voicemails

  3. Repeatedly coming to a person’s house unexpectedly

  4. Defacing or vandalizing a person’s property

  5. Other unwanted communications and interactions

Other Types of Stalking

If an alleged stalker intentionally threatens someone else with serious injury or death, then this type of offense is considered “aggravated stalking.” Keep in mind, the threat can be committed through body language or other actions that may cause a person to fear for their safety – not just verbally.

Common examples of aggravated stalking include:

  1. Frequently calling someone and threatening them with substantial bodily harm or death

  2. Repeatedly showing up unexpectedly and threatening to harm another person

  3. Following someone while visibly displaying a weapon, such as a gun or knife

Lastly, stalking or harassment committed online or through other electronic means such as text messages is known as “cyberstalking.” According to the state law, such action must cause a significant increase of harm or violence to the alleged victim, instead of simply annoying them by sending several electronic messages.

Stalking Penalties

A first offense for stalking is a misdemeanor in Nevada, punishable by a jail sentence of up to six (6) months and a maximum fine of $1,000. In contrast, aggravated stalking is a category B felony, which carries a maximum prison term of 15 years and a fine of up to $5,000.

Cyberstalking is a category C felony, punishable by imprisonment for up to five years and a maximum fine of $10,000. However, individuals accused of cyberstalking may get their charges reduced or dismissed through a plea bargain.

Those accused of stalking can also be subject to a protective order, also known as a restraining order. Violating a restraining order for stalking in Nevada is a misdemeanor offense.

If you have been accused of stalking in Reno, contact the Law Offices of Kenneth A. Stover today to let our firm protect your rights and freedom.

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