New Jersey Stalking Laws

Code Section
2C:12-10

Defined As
Purposeful conduct directed at specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear bodily injury or death to himself or family member and knowingly, recklessly, or negligently places person in reasonable fear of bodily injury or death to himself or family member.

Punishment/Classification
Crime of the 4th degree. If court order prohibiting the behavior: crime in the 3rd degree. Crime in 3rd degree if actor is serving term of imprisonment or while on parole or probation

Repeat Offense
If 2nd or subsequent against same victim: crime in the 3rd degree

Arrest or Restraining Order Specifically Authorized by Statute?
Stalking conviction acts as application for permanent restraining order

Constitutionally Protected Activities Exempted?
Organized group picketing


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