Stalking Laws I: Criminal and Civil Laws

State Criminal Laws Civil Protective Laws
Alabama B or C felony  
Alaska C felony orA misdemeanor  
Arizona Felony 4

Harassment Orders available; comtempt penalty

Arkansas B or C felony  
California Felony; 2nd has 4 year maximum Stalking and harassment orders available--violation has 4 year maximum
Colorado Felony 6; 2nd is Class 5 felony Stalking and harassment orders available; violation is Class 6 felony
Connecticut D felony or misdemeanor  
Delaware F felony  
District of Columbia Misdemeanor; increase up to 10 months and 3 years for 2nd and 3rd offenses  
Florida Felony 3 or misdemeanor 1

Stalking protective orders available; violation is misdemeanor

Georgia Felony or misdemeanor  
Hawaii C felony or misdemeanor  
Idaho Misdemeanor Stalking protective orders available--violation is misdemeanor; 2nd is felony
Illinois Class 3 felony  
Indiana A or B misdemeanorD felony for 2nd offense  
Iowa D felony or aggravated misdemeanor  
Kansas Class 10 felony  
Kentucky De felony or C misdemeanor  
Louisiana Felony  
Maine Class D crime; 3rd is Class C crime Harassment protection orders available; violation is Class D crime
Maryland Misdemeanor (5 year maximum)  
Massachusetts Felony  
Michigan Felony or misdemeanor; Enhanced penalty if offender is adult stalking minor Stalking protective orders available; no criminal penalty set
Minnesota Gross misdemeanor;2nd is felony Stalking protective orders available--violation is misdemeanor
Mississippi Misdemeanor  
Missouri D felony; 2nd is C felony Stalking protective orders available; violation is misdemeanor; 2nd in 5 years is D felony
Montana Misdemeanor; 2nd is felony

Stalking protection orders available

Nebraska Class 3 misdemeanor; 2nd is class 4 felony

Stalking protection orders available

Nevada Misdemeanor; 2nd is gross misdemeanorAggravated stalking is B felony Stalking protection orders available; violation of temp order is misdemeanor; permanent order violation is C felony
New Hampshire Misdemeanor; 2nd is B felony

Protective Order; misdemeanor penalty, 2d is felony

New Jersey 3rd degree crime  
New Mexico Misdemeanor; 2nd is Felony 4  
New York B misdemeanor  
North Carolina Misdemeanor 1 or 2; 2nd is felony  
North Dakota 2nd is C felony

Disorderly conduct orders available

Ohio Misdemeanor 1; 2nd is felony 5  
Oklahoma Misdemeanor; 2nd is felony Stalking protective orders available--violation is misdemeanor
Oregon A misdemeanor; 2nd is C felony Protective orders--Violation is A misdemeanor or C felony
Pennsylvania Misdemeanor  
Rhode Island Misdemeanor; 2nd is felony Stalking protective orders available--violation is felony
South Carolina Misdemeanor; 2nd in 7 years is felony Stalking protective orders available--violation is misdemeanor
South Dakota Misdemeanor; 2nd is felony 5 Stalking protective orders available--violation is felony 6, if with assault or stalking violation of abuse order; misdemeanor otherwise
Tennessee A misdemeanor; 2nd is C felony (if same victim) or E felony  
Texas A misdemeanor; 2nd is felony 3  
Utah B misdemeanor; 3rd is felony 3  
Vermont Felony or misdemeanor; 2nd is felony  
Virginia Class 2 misdemeanor; 2nd is Class 1; 3rd is felony 6 Stalking protective orders available; violation is misdemeanor 1
Washington Gross misdemeanor; 2nd is C felony Harassment protective orders available; violation is C felony
West Virginia Misdemeanor; 3rd in 5 years is felony  
Wisconsin Felony or misdemeanor; 2nd is E felony Anti-harassment protective orders available--Violation is 90 days maximum
Wyoming Misdemeanor; 2nd is felony Stalking protective orders available--violation is misdemeanor


Last Updated on 6/30/97
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