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What behaviors may lead to stalking charges in Colorado?

On Behalf of | Jul 22, 2020 | Harassment |

As someone facing a stalking charge in Colorado, you may have justifiable fears about the penalties you may face if that charge leads to a conviction. Defining exactly what does and does not constitute stalking in Colorado is sometimes tricky, because it may be tough to tell when a behavior crosses a line and becomes harassing or unlawful in nature. 

According to the City and County of Broomfield, Colorado’s stalking laws offer insight as to what behaviors may fall into stalking territory. 

Defining stalking

A Colorado court may find you guilty of stalking if you engage in the unwanted pursuit of someone else and that person becomes fearful or concerned about your actions. In many cases, stalking charges result from romantic relationships gone wrong. Making any type of credible threat against someone in conjunction with following them may constitute stalking, regardless of whether the two of you were once involved in a romantic relationship. So, too, might following or threatening a family member, romantic partner or someone else who holds a close relationship with the person alleging they are a victim of stalking. 

Repeatedly contacting someone else, whether by following them or making electronic communications, may also constitute stalking, depending on circumstances. The same may hold true for conducting surveillance on someone with or without their knowledge. 

Recognizing common stalking behaviors

Making repeated phone calls to the same party may fall under the umbrella of stalking. Leaving written or threatening messages may do the same. Vandalizing the property of another also has the potential to lead to stalking charges, because it may constitute harassment. 

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