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It may have seemed harmless. Just a few texts or stopping by to see a person at their job, but the recipient wasn’t receptive. Suddenly, you’re facing a criminal charge of stalking.

It’s important to always take criminal charges seriously. A conviction leads to a criminal record, so beyond jail or fines, there are long term consequences.

At Farkas & Crowley, our seasoned attorneys provide robust representation to individuals facing accusations of stalking or aggravated stalking in Florida. Take advantage of a complimentary case evaluation to have your specific circumstances assessed. You can talk to us 24/7 about charges at (561)-444-9529.

Understanding Stalking Laws in Florida

Florida Statute 784.048 outlines the crime of stalking and aggravated stalking. Causing a victim to experience fear based on certain harassing conduct is the basis for stalking. It is consider a crime to cause the victim to fear:

  • For their own safety
  • For the safety of their family members
  • For the safety of someone else they are close to, such as a spouse or partner


The activity can be either in person, online (cyberbullying), or both. Any action “willfully, maliciously, and repeatedly following, harassing, or cyberstalking” another person causing distress to that individual is stalking and is a misdemeanor in the first degree.

Aggravated stalking is the same with the addition that it includes a “credible threat,” which is a threat with the “apparent ability to carry out the threat to cause such harm” and is a third-degree felony. Other aggravating factors are if the victim is under 16 or the perpetrator is violating any protective order in place.


  • First-degree misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of $1,000 and probation or jail time of up to one year.
  • Third-degree felony, punishable by a fine of up to $5,000, along probation or jail time up to five years
  • First-degree felony – For someone with a prior conviction, stalking can become a first-degree felony. A first-degree felony is punishable in Florida generally by up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.


In the digital world we live in, Florida also takes cyberstalking seriously. A person can be charged with cyberstalking if they use any form of electronic media to transmit a threat, including email and social media. It can also include attempts to access another person’s online accounts or smart devices such as home security systems, webcams, smart speakers, and other Internet-connected equipment without permission. 

Common Defenses Against Stalking Accusations

There are defenses for stalking, such as:

  • First Amendment activities, such as demonstrations. If the accused encountered the accuser at a public rally such as a protest, they cannot be penalized for stalking.
  • A legitimate purpose, such as communications related to specific business or legal matters, for example child custody. This defense can be used even if the communications escalated, so long as it originated from a legitimate and specific purpose.
  • Lack of a credible threat
  • Lack of intention to harm or harass the victim
  • Lack of proof of all elements
  • False or exaggerated allegations by the accuser
  • Mistaken identity
  • Unreasonable concern – that a reasonable person would not be fearful of the circumstances and facts of the case.

The Farkas & Crowley legal team will investigate your case and look at every possible defense available.

Our Approach to Defending Stalking Charges

You have the right to an attorney if you’re accused of stalking (or any other crime.) At Farkas & Crowley, we work to protect the rights of the accused and are your advocate in court.

If you’re facing charges of stalking in West Palm Beach or surrounding areas, having a strong legal defense is vital. Farkas & Crowley will:

  • Investigate your case, gathering evidence to support your defense, including arrest records and the police report.
  • Interviewing witnesses, if needed
  • Get help from expert witnesses, if needed
  • Review the prosecutor’s case before your trial
  • Guide you through the legal process, including all hearings
  • Negotiate with the prosecution for lesser charges or dropping charges altogether
  • If it goes to trial, present your defense in front of the judge and jury
  • Handle appeals

A public defender may not be able to give your case the attention you require. We can offer more personalized focus and tailor your defense to give you stronger representation

Why Choose Farkas & Crowley for Stalking Defense?

Since 2011 when the practice was formed, after working as prosecutors, Adam Farkas and Jacqueline Crowley have defended hundreds of clients against criminal charges. We defend clients from misdemeanor traffic violations to DUI, drug crimes, and even major felonies like assault or murder.  

Working as a team, we have successfully defended hundreds of their clients with court cases. Our considerable trial experience offers clients strong representation in court that often leads to the best outcome possible.

Farkas & Crowley Stalking Defense Attorney in West Palm Beach, Florida

If you’re facing stalking or cyberstalking charges, Farkas & Crowley is available 24/7 to discuss your case. Call us 24/7 at (561)-444-9529 or use our online contact form. Anytime you’re accused of a crime, your rights and your liberty are at stake. If you’ve been accused of stalking, obtain good legal advice immediately by calling us.

The state takes stalking very seriously, and you could be charged unfairly. Don’t attempt to fight those charges yourself. The criminal defense attorneys at Farkas & Crowley. will use our years of experience and dedication to aggressively defend you from criminal  in West Palm Beach and the surrounding areas.

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Looking for a criminal law firm? Farkas & Crowley, P.A. are the attorneys for you. They are extremely knowledgeable of the law and go the extra mile for their clients. Their expertise and impeccable work ethic are hard to beat. Available 24/7. Highly recommended.

-Marla Newman

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