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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.

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?

Constitutionally Protected Activities Exempted?

Inside Massachusetts Stalking Laws