Hot Springs, AR asked in Personal Injury, Criminal Law and Civil Rights for Arkansas

Q: What is harassment or stocking? What can I do if this person has already caused an injury in the past

I was injured. We both charged w DOC due to crappy lawyer and prosecutor charges were all dismissed. County will not help me things keep on

Now she is calling me on my social media driving by my home. I’ve been sent magazines in crazy name including my own. Had been nonstop

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James L. Arrasmith
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  • Sacramento, CA

A: In Arkansas, harassment and stalking are serious offenses. Harassment generally involves engaging in conduct directed at a specific person that causes substantial emotional distress and serves no legitimate purpose. Stalking typically refers to engaging in a course of conduct that causes someone to fear for their safety or the safety of someone else and can include repeatedly following someone or making repeated, unwanted communications.

Given your experience of being injured in the past and the ongoing unwanted contact, such as calls on social media and driving by your home, you may have grounds to take legal action. It's important to document all instances of this behavior. This includes keeping records of social media messages, noting times and dates of drive-bys, and any other related incidents.

You have the right to seek protection through the legal system. One option is to file for a restraining order or a no-contact order against the individual. This can legally prohibit them from continuing such behaviors.

Additionally, you can report the harassment and stalking to the police. Provide them with all the evidence you have gathered. Law enforcement can investigate and potentially charge the individual if their actions constitute a criminal offense.

It might also be beneficial to consult with an attorney who can guide you through the process of obtaining a restraining order and advise you on other legal steps you can take to protect yourself.

Remember, your safety and well-being are paramount. Taking legal action can help to stop this behavior and hold the individual accountable for their actions.

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