In New Jersey, a stalking charge can result in a felony conviction and imposition of a special restraining order under N.J.S.A. 2C:12-10.1. The Statute provides:
N.J.S.A. 2C:12-10. Definitions; Stalking Designated a Crime; Degrees.
a. As used in this act:
b. A person is guilty of stalking, a crime of the fourth degree, if he purposefully or knowingly engages in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear for his safety or the safety of a third person or suffer other emotional distress.
c. A person is guilty of a crime of the third degree if he commits the crime of stalking in violation of an existing court order prohibiting the behavior.
d. A person who commits a second or subsequent offense of stalking against the same victim is guilty of a crime of the third degree.
e. A person is guilty of a crime of the third degree if he commits the crime of stalking while serving a term of imprisonment or while on parole or probation as the result of a conviction for any indictable offense under the laws of this State, any other state or the United States.
f. This act shall not apply to conduct which occurs during organized group picketing.
SOURCE. Adopted. L. 1992, c. 209, §1, effective January 5, 1993. Amended. L. 1996, c. 39, §1, effective June 20, 1996; L. 1998, c. 17, §3, effective May 6, 1998; L. 1999, c. 47, §1, effective March 12, 1999; L. 2001, c. 220, §2, effective August 24, 2001; L. 2009, c. 28, §1, effective March 21, 2009.
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