man following a womanThis is the first post in a series of articles which will discuss dealing with Peoria, Illinois charges of stalking and harassment. Allegations of these offenses are taken very seriously by the Court. These types of charges are often misunderstood, and most people do not understand what legally constitutes criminal stalking or harassment. The goal of this series is to provide information regarding what to expect if charged. Another goal of this series is to assist you in retaining experienced counsel as soon as possible to protect your interests. If you have been accused of a crime then contact my office today to speak with a lawyer.

This series will address several key topics, including:

  • A discussion of Illinois’ harassment laws
  • What is considered harassment in Peoria and other Illinois areas?
  • Why harassment is considered a crime
  • A discussion of Illinois stalking laws
  • Defending against charges of stalking or harassment

The topics I will be discussing are important for various reasons. First, it is important to understand what behavior constitutes stalking or harassment. A victim of harassment or stalking must be in fear for their safety or suffer emotional distress. Second, the Court will protect individuals from behavior that prevents them from feeling safe. It is important to understand why harassment and stalking is considered a crime. Third, to defend against charges of stalking or harassment, one may have to disprove false allegations. Once charged, a defendant should not seek to resolve the matter on their own, as the Court will take these matters very seriously.

It is imperative that you act immediately if arrested with these types of charges, as they could result in a permanent criminal record and other lifelong consequences. I am a former prosecutor who devotes his practice to protecting the rights of the accused. I understand the legal implications of your current situation and my office is ready to assist you. Contact us online or by telephone to speak with a Peoria criminal defense lawyer. I also serve the cities of Bloomington, Eureka, Galesburg, Morton, Normal, Pekin, Springfield, and Washington, as well as the counties of Fulton, Knox, LaSalle, Marshall, Mason, McLean, Putnam, Rock Island, Shuyler, Stark, Tazewell and Woodford. I also handle federal cases in Urbana.