The victim attempts to make sense of what the stalker actions and motives. The victim reports all the incidents to the police; However, the police are unable to react without evidence. Neither does the police have time to investigate every stalker claim that is reported. Orange county Private investigators are the only answer to a stalker problem; since private investigators are licensed and authorized by law to engage in an investigation of the stalker illegal activity.
All fifty states have some form of stalking and harassment law.
NOVA (National Organization for Victim Assistance), states “these laws
define the ‘pattern’ or ‘course of conduct’ involving unwanted,
disturbing and threatening behavior toward a person.” Therein lies
the rub. No matter how odious, how much interference it causes in your
life, or even psychological trauma, the standard for criminal conduct
is actually quite high.
According to the Fbi and Law Enforcement “The primary difference is the
individual legality within each of the behaviors contributory to the
charge itself.” Although harassment is a crime, not all forms of
stalking rise to the level of criminal activity and/or meet the
standard for a crime committed, no matter how unpleasant or disruptive
the activity may be.
An example of the above is photographing an individual without
their consent. These laws vary from state to state, but in general, if
you are “out and about” in a public place, i.e. walking on the
sidewalk, at a city park, or shopping mall, you have no expectation of
privacy, and someone so inclined could repeatedly take your picture
without breaking any privacy laws. Unless, of course, you have a
restraining order specifically addressing that activity.
On the other hand, if you are inside a private dwelling or
building where you have a reasonable standard or expectation of
privacy, such as your home or doctor’s office, an individual caught
taking pictures through a small opening in the window coverings or
even a fully exposed window would absolutely be charged with violating
privacy laws. If other criteria were met, said individual could also
be potentially charged as a “Peeping Tom”.
You might wonder about a retail establishment whose purpose is to
attract public business but maintain its’ customers’ privacy and
comfort. This can be a bit of a “gray” area, but if you own a store or
restaurant or are a customer in one, privacy laws do not generally
protect you or your establishment from someone taking pictures through
your establishment’s windows. Fortunately, most people have the good
sense not to take pictures two feet away from your customer enjoying
your lunch special or trying on that dress you suggested!
It is the more egregious, violent stalker, or the who threatens
violence who is typically arrested. This type of stalker usually
“escalates” and presents a true danger to his victim. These are the
cases we most often hear about in the media. This is also the type of
stalker most likely to violate a restraining order.
Relief is typically found more readily in the civil courts where
the standards for proof and evidence are lower. However, this is not
much of a comfort to those victims whose perpetrators barely scrape by
paycheck to paycheck. Something truly confounding is how these same
individuals (the stalkers) always manage to amass a large quantity of
electronics and gadgets despite their low incomes!
Harassment laws are typically associated with the workplace,
usually with sexual harassment issues. This is the most common arena
for harassment related out of court settlements and civil lawsuits.
Many of the same behaviors typified by stalkers are also observed
by those who engage in harassment, sexual or otherwise. What about
bullying? I think it is a related behavior. It definitely has been
demonstrated that there is a higher percentage of engaging in domestic
abuse and a history of bullying behavior in those who sexually harass
in the workplace. Many stalking behaviors are done at a distance,
figuratively and literally. I think it is an interesting question:
When does harassment become stalking, or are they two sides of the
same bad coin?
Stalking starts with Domestic Violence and is the willful, repeated, and malicious harassing, following, or cyber-stalking of another individual, according to California criminal statutes as they relate to obtaining an injunction or a restraining order. By definition, harassment involves the committing of certain acts in a sequence against another individual over a specific time period. Those acts would be deemed as having no legitimate purpose and causing significant emotional distress to the intended victim.
Cyberstalking is defined as the committing of a sequence of acts involving communication of language, images, or words via electronic communication, such as emails. Those communications would have been directed at another individual. As in harassment, those communications would be considered to have no justifiable intention except to cause the intended victim some level of emotional suffering. Examples of behavioral acts that could result in an injunction could include the intentional killing or injuring of a family pet. Doctors, scientist and investigators have spent extensive time and research costs to try and attempt to understand stalkers. However, the only explanation that makes sense is that the stalker is mentally ill and dwells into an obsession of his/her victim that usually ends in incarceration or a deadly scene. Stalkers don’t stop and their actions escalates by time; therefore, don’t wait and call us now before it’s too late.
Another example is the destruction of personal property that belongs to the victim. In addition, threats of harm or the threatened or actual use of a weapon could result in an injunction. Threats of physical harm aimed at family members, close friends or associates or the petitioner are also examples of behavior that could require an injunction. Stalking, harassment, cyber stalking and domestic violence are all too common in Florida as well as across the nation.
When individuals find themselves faced with any of these frightening issues, they might be in the dark as to their rights and how to proceed to protect themselves, their family and friends, as well as their pets. An injunction could be in order and an attorney could help a victim with obtaining one and taking legal steps for protecting life and limb.
Stalkers can drive crazy and out of control. When the victim of a stalker doesn’t address the stalker problem firmly and aggressively by hiring an Orange county Private investigator; the victims of a stalker usually become a 5150 which is a term used by the police for mentally instable.