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What Constitutes Stalking in Kansas?

What Constitutes Stalking in Kansas?

Kansas’ Definition of Stalking

Kansas defines stalking as, “ Recklessly engaging in a course of conduct targeted at a specific person which would cause a reasonable person in the circumstances of the targeted person to fear for such person's safety or the safety of a member of such person’s immediate family.”

As you can see, this definition is relatively vague, but there are a couple of vital components in determining if a string of acts constitute stalking. 

First, the person has to target someone with messages (electronic or written), verbal communication, or any other thing (following someone, etc.) that fits within a stalking definition.

Second, these acts must be committed in a manner that would cause any reasonable person to fear for his or her safety or the safety of an immediate family member

Third, there must be multiple acts to constitute stalking, as the “course of conduct” is defined as two or more acts over a period of time that evidence a continuity of purpose.

Acts that Constitute Stalking

To better understand what stalking is exactly, we must determine what acts the state of Kansas deems as having the potential to cause fear in a reasonable person.

Acts that fall under the definition of stalking include:

(A) Threatening the safety of the targeted person or a member of such person's immediate family;

(B) following, approaching or confronting the targeted person or a member of such person's immediate family;

(C) appearing in close proximity to, or entering the targeted person's residence, place of employment, school or other places where such person can be found, or the residence, place of employment or school of a member of such person's immediate family;

(D) causing damage to the targeted person's residence or property or that of a member of such person's immediate family;

(E) placing an object on the targeted person's property or the property of a member of such person's immediate family, either directly or through a third person;

(F) causing injury to the targeted person's pet or a pet belonging to a member of such person's immediate family;

(G) any act of communication.

As you can see many acts constitute stalking, and if you’re accused of stalking, you’ll want experienced defense on your side.

Hiring Experienced Criminal Defense

Criminal defense is possible for those accused of stalking. If you or a loved one is accused, Rokusek Stein Law’s award-winning representation can help!

Call (913) 583-0465 now for a free consultation for your case.

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