District of Columbia Stalking Laws

Code Section
22-404

Defined As
Intent to cause emotional distress or place in reasonable fear of death or bodily injury by repeated following or harassing; or willfully or maliciously and repeatedly follows or harasses.

Punishment/Classification
Fined maximum $500 and/or imprisonment maximum 1 year. If court order pending: must give bond for maximum 1 year

Repeat Offense
If within 2 years of 1st conviction: fine up to 1.5 times maximum fine authorized and imprisonment up to 1.5 times maximum term authorized. If convicted more than once: fine up to 3 times maximum fine authorized and imprisonment up to 3 times maximum term

Arrest or Restraining Order Specifically Authorized by Statute?
None

Constitutionally Protected Activities Exempted?
Yes; conduct by a party to a labor dispute in furtherance of labor or management objectives in that dispute


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