Massachusetts Stalking Laws

Code Section
265 §43

Defined As
Wilfully and maliciously engages in conduct which seriously alarms or annoys a specific person and would cause reasonable person to suffer substantial emotional distress and makes threat with intent to place person in fear of death or bodily injury.

Punishment/Classification
Imprisonment in state prison no more than 5 years or fined no more than $1,000, or imprisonment in house of correction no more than 2½ years or both. If stalking and in violation of protective order: jail or state prison minimum 1 year and maximum 5 years

Repeat Offense
Jail or state prison minimum 2 years or maximum 10 years

Arrest or Restraining Order Specifically Authorized by Statute?
None

Constitutionally Protected Activities Exempted?
None


Inside Massachusetts Stalking Laws