California Penal Code 646.9

Have you been charged with Orange County Stalking? Violation of Penal Code 646.9 can be a serious misdemeanor or felony offense. MacGregor & Collins have 30 years of combined legal experience defending in Orange County Stalking cases. The attorneys at MacGregor & Collins will help you make sense of the Orange County Stalking charges that you are facing and provide you with unparalleled legal defense.


What is PC 646.9?


Stalking is defined as harassing someone to the point of them fearing for their life or their family’s life.


In order to prosecute for CPC 646.9 Stalking, the state has the burden to prove that:


  • The accused intentionally followed or harassed someone on several occasions
  • The accused threatened the victim
  • The threat was meant to make the person fear for their own, or their family’s safety


The following could be considered an example of stalking:


Sherry and Sandy have been fighting over Tom for months. Sherry is Tom’s current girlfriend, and Sandy was previously Tom’s girlfriend of five years. Sherry and Sandy had never met, until Sandy sent Sherry a message on Facebook. Sandy told sherry to stay away from Tom and that if she didn’t she would be sorry. Sherry block Sandy from sending her messages on Facebook and continued to date Tom. Two weeks later, Sherry was at home when Sandy knocked on her door. When Sherry opened the door, Sandy started screaming “Don’t ever talk to Tom again or I will make you!”. Sherry shuts the door and calls the police. Sandy is later arrested for violating California penal code 646.9.


What Are the Penalties for Stalking?


The penalties or punishment for stalking penal code violations depend on a number of factors including your criminal history and the circumstances surrounding the case. Stalking can be filed under (felony or misdemeanor), and those found guilty can face:




  • Up to I Year in the Orange County Jail
  • A maximum $1,000 fine
  • An informal probation
  • Counseling and a restraining order




  • 16 Months-5 Years in the California State Prison
  • A maximum $1,000 fine
  • A formal probation
  • Counseling and a restraining order


Other Potential Penalties:


If someone found guilty has a previous history of stalking or violated a protective order, the fines will be increased in terms of prison time and fines.


Stalking Legal Defense


If you are facing charges for California Penal Code Section 646.9 Stalking, we can help. MacGregor & Collins are ready to provide you the Orange County Stalking Attorney services you need. We will work tirelessly to help obtain the best possible outcome for your case and will provide you with a free consultation. CallĀ (888) 250-2865 today to begin speaking with a legal professional that is dedicated to superior client representation.

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