Don’t worry. I haven’t forgotten all the photos. I am busy organizing them.
What is stalking? “It includes a course of conduct or behavior, the presence of threats, and the criminal intent to cause fear in the victim.”
I would argue that this includes: participating in moving a vehicle towards where you are told a “target” is. Period. It doesn’t matter if you are near the target. You had criminal intent to cause fear in the victim. It also includes: doing anything near the target that you go out of your way to do in front of the target. You had criminal intent to cause fear in the victim by doing somethings unusual, something planned (smoking around the victim, wearing or carrying something with a pattern intended to cause fear), or shine lights, turn on your emergency lights, use lights on an emergency or service vehicle solely because the victim is around…………………….In other words: every single act someone has done to intend to cause fear in me has been an act of stalking. Every single one. All.
Taking papers out of a school bag, setting down a certain pen that is supposed to have meaning to a target, safety pins, pennies – whatever you have been told is the item of the moment that is intended to cause anxiety which leads to fear. Oh, I don’t. It doesn’t matter. It is your intent. And I remember every single little thing – or I just need to drive past a spot or look at a pic and I remember.
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These elements include a course of conduct or behavior, the presence of threats, and the criminal intent to cause fear in the victim.
“In most states, to charge and convict a defendant of stalking, several elements must be proved Beyond a Reasonable Doubt. These elements include a course of conduct or behavior, the presence of threats, and the criminal intent to cause fear in the victim.
A course of conduct is a series of acts that, viewed collectively, present a pattern of behavior. Some states stipulate the requisite number of acts, with several requiring the stalker to commit two or more acts. States designate as stalking a variety of acts, ranging from specifically defined actions, such as nonconsensual communication or lying in wait, to more general types of action, such as harassment.
Most states require that the stalker pose a threat or act in a way that causes a reasonable person to feel fearful. The threat does not have to be written or verbal to instill fear. For example, a stalker can convey a threat by sending the victim black roses, forming his hand into a gun and pointing it at her, or delivering a dead animal to her doorstep.
To be convicted of stalking in most states, the stalker must display a criminal intent to cause fear in the victim. Various statutes require the conduct of the stalker to be “willful,” “purposeful,” “intentional,” or “knowing.” Many states do not require proof that the defendant intended to cause fear as long as he intended to commit the act that resulted in fear. In these states, if the victim is reasonably frightened by the alleged perpetrator’s conduct, the intent element of the crime has been met.”