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January 14, 1995

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What's the definition of stalking? What are the stalking laws? What are the penalties?

Kansas statutes define stalking as "an intentional and malicious following or course of conduct directed at a specific person when such following or course of conduct seriously alarms, annoys or harasses the person, and which serves no legitimate purpose.''

Course of conduct is defined as a series of acts over a period of time that show a "continuity of purpose and which would cause a reasonable person to suffer substantial emotional distress and must actually cause substantial emotional distress to the person.''

Stalking is a felony. A defendant convicted of stalking could receive a sentence of from five to seven months in prison if he or she either has no prior criminal record or one prior misdemeanor conviction. However, the offense is considered a presumptive probation crime under Kansas sentencing guidelines.

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