Stalking and harassment crimes in Arizona are treated very harshly and are usually prosecuted as felony offenses. In general, an individual can be charged with stalking if they commit a series of acts that would frighten a reasonable person. The victim of the stalking must actually fear for their safety or the safety of their family before charges can be filed. In Phoenix, harassment is less serious than stalking and only requires evidence that the defendant continuously bothered, alarmed, or annoyed the victim with acts that served no legitimate purpose.
These offenses tend to involve an existing relationship between the defendant and the alleged victim. Because a large number of stalking cases in Phoenix, Glendale, Scottsdale, Mesa and Tempe arise from fractured relationships, the possibility of untrue or misleading allegations from the accuser is increased. Criminal defense attorney Ryan M. Garvey is a former felony prosecutor who has a great deal of experience with numerous domestic violence cases including those involving stalking.
Mr. Garvey understands that sometimes the “victims’ of harassment and restraining order cases will initiate contact or otherwise lure the defendant into resuming their relationship only to later file a police report when they become angry or upset for some reason. Scottsdale restraining order attorney Ryan M. Garvey has seen too many cases where spiteful ex-spouses and former boyfriends/girlfriends have used these laws as a sword and not a shield.
Stalking and harassment convictions in Maricopa County can carry significant penalties including prison, probation, jail time and fines. At Sonoran Law Group, Attorney Ryan M. Garvey will vigorously challenge the validity of your stalking or harassment charges and take the fight to the prosecution. Having him protect your rights will help maximize your chances of a dismissal or reduction in your charges.