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January 14, 1995


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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