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Vermont

This page lists the most applicable state crimes addressing stalking. However, depending on the facts of the case, a stalker might also be charged with other crimes, such as trespassing, intimidation of a witness, breaking and entering, etc. Check your state code or consult with your local prosecutor about other charges that might apply in a particular case.

Stalking

Analyzing Stalking Laws


Stalking

13 V.S.A. § 1061. Definitions. (2005)
As used in this subchapter:

(1)  "Stalk" means to engage in a course of conduct which consists of following, lying in wait for, or harassing, and:
(A)  serves no legitimate purpose; and

(B)  would cause a reasonable person to fear for his or her physical safety or would cause a reasonable person substantial emotional distress.

(2)  "Course of conduct" means a pattern of conduct composed of two or more acts over a period of time, however short, evidencing a continuity of purpose. Constitutionally protected activity is not included within the meaning of "course of conduct."

(3)  "Following" means maintaining over a period of time a visual or physical proximity to another person in such manner as would cause a reasonable person to have a fear of unlawful sexual conduct, unlawful restraint, bodily injury, or death.

(4)  "Harassing" means actions directed at a specific person, or a member of the person's family, which would cause a reasonable person to fear unlawful sexual conduct, unlawful restraint, bodily injury, or death, including but not limited to verbal threats, written, telephonic, or other electronically communicated threats, vandalism, or physical contact without consent.

(5)  "Lying in wait" means hiding or being concealed for the purpose of attacking or harming another person.

13 V.S.A. § 1062. Stalking. (1993)

Any person who intentionally stalks another person shall be imprisoned not more than two years or fined not more than $ 5,000.00, or both.

13 V.S.A. § 1063. Aggravated stalking. (2005)
(a)   A person commits the crime of aggravated stalking if the person intentionally stalks another person, and:
(1) such conduct violates a court order that prohibits stalking and is in effect at the time of the offense; or

(2) has been previously convicted of stalking or aggravated stalking; or

(3) has been previously convicted of an offense an element of which involves an act of violence against the same person; or

(4) the person being stalked is under the age of 16 years; or

(5) had a deadly weapon, as defined in section 1021 of this title, in his or her possession while engaged in the act of stalking.

(b)   A person who commits the crime of aggravated stalking shall be imprisoned not more than five years or be fined not more than $ 25,000.00, or both.

(c)   Conduct constituting the offense of aggravated stalking shall be considered a violent act for the purposes of determining bail.

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