Los Angeles Harassment Attorneys Fight for Stalking Victims
California lawyers take effective action to counter menacing behavior
While all forms of sexual harassment in the workplace are distressing to the victim, stalking is especially frightening. Stalking is a crime and is never appropriate, whether it takes place in the workplace, at a venue or at home. If you are being stalked either physically or digitally, you probably feel trapped. At The Ruttenberg Law Firm, PC in Los Angeles, we take immediate and aggressive legal action to stop stalkers and help victims regain control of their lives. Our firm is known for handling workplace harassment cases effectively and ethically with the skills and respect our lawyers have cultivated individually in the California legal community.
Dedicated counselors build cases to protect victims from persistent stalkers
Under California law, stalking occurs when a person willfully, maliciously and repeatedly follows — or willfully and maliciously harasses — another person. To be considered a stalker, a person must make a credible threat that places victims in reasonable fear for their safety or the safety of their immediate family. The threat can be verbal or written, and it can be communicated in person or through texts, emails, social media or other electronic means. A threat can also be implied by a pattern of conduct. Stalking can take the following forms:
- Following — Stalkers can leave their victims fearful and unnerved by physically following them to or from home, work or other locations that are part of the victim’s personal life or routine.
- Peeping — Being watched from the shadows is extremely unnerving. A stalker might “peep” through windows or via other physical spaces but can also do so online. Some criminals hack into phones, webcams, security cameras or other digital platforms to monitor their victims.
- Harassing calls or messages — Stalkers sometimes call incessantly or send typed or spoken messages that are manipulative, threatening or lewd. Some also leave objects or other tokens for victims to find.
- Vandalism — Some stalkers deface property to try to get their victims’ attention or leave a sign that they’ve invaded their personal space.
Stalkers should be taken seriously and stopped as soon as possible. If you believe you are dealing with a stalker at work, your safety is the top priority. Contact law enforcement and legal counsel promptly. We are ready to help you put a stop to the conduct.
Thorough advocates understand various forms of cyberstalking
Stalkers now take advantage of electronic devices and digital forms of communication, such as the internet, social media, emails, texting and website posting. Cyberstalkers may target their victims by means of:
- Repetitive, unwanted communications
- Making false accusations against them
- Gathering information about them
- Monitoring their activities
- Harassing their friends and family
- Using threats and scare tactics to frighten them
- Publicizing their private information
- Encouraging others to harass them
If you are the victim of a cyberstalker, we can turn their preferred weapon against them, tracking them down and using the record they create to take legal action against them.
Compassionate counsel help victims of stalking secure legal relief
We can help you deal with stalking in effective ways. Building a case begins with investigating and keeping a record of the stalking. We can ask the court for a civil harassment restraining order if the stalking causes you fear or is seriously annoying or threatening. The restraining order will prohibit the stalker from:
- Contacting or going near you or members of your household
- Visiting your home, work, school or children’s school
- Possessing a firearm
If the stalker violates the order, they can go to jail. Even without a restraining order, stalking is a crime punishable by fines and/or jail time. A repeat offender, a convicted felon or an offender who violates a restraining order may face several years in state prison. The court may order a person who is found guilty of felony stalking to register as a sex offender if it finds that the stalking had a sexual motive. The court also may issue a restraining order that bars contact with the victim for up to 10 years. If probation is ordered, the convicted individual will likely have to participate in court-designated counseling. Our attorneys will help you pursue a legal course of action to help secure your safety, including gathering evidence.
Contact proactive Los Angeles attorneys for help fighting workplace stalking
At Ruttenberg Law Firm, PC in Los Angeles, California, our lawyers work hard to put an end to stalking and to help California victims take back control of their lives and careers. To schedule a free initial consultation with our firm, call us at (310) 979-7080 or contact us online.