Stalking: Too Close For Comfort

Stalking: Too Close For Comfort
By: Dee Wampler

A person commits the crime of stalking if they, through their course of conduct, harass or follow another person with the intent of harassing that person. It is unlawful to make credible threats, especially if there is a course of conduct. Especially forbidden would be a person 21 years or older stalking a person 17 years of age or under.¹

If a person acts unreasonably to cause another person to fear for their life or that would serve no other legitimate purpose that might cause a reasonable person to suffer substantial emotional distress, it is a class A misdemeanor unless there is a prior criminal record.

Whether substantial and emotional distress occurs is left to the jury or for their commonly understood meanings.²

7.5 million people are stalked every year in the United States, over 85 percent of stalking victims are stalked by someone they know. Whereas one in five are stalked by a stranger.

The highest rate of stalking occurs between persons 18 to 24 years of age.

Many stalking victims are stalked for five years or more (11 percent) and 46 percent of all stalking victims experience at least one instance of unwanted contact per week.


¹RSMo 565.225.2(4)

²State v. Baker, 40 SW3d 392 (Mo.App. 2001)


Dee Wampler

At the Law Offices of Dee Wampler & Joseph Passanise, Dee Wampler draws from more than four decades of legal experience in defending clients accused of an array of crimes throughout southwestern Missouri, including Springfield, St. Louis and Kansas City. As a Springfield native, Mr. Wampler understands the nuances of the Missouri court system, but he is an equally formidable criminal trial attorney in high-profile federal cases involving serious charges. His work has earned him recognition across the country and even internationally. Several nationally syndicated television shows, including “Saturday Night with Connie Chung,” “Inside Edition” and ABC’s “Primetime” have featured his cases, and Missouri Lawyers Weekly has showcased his work approximately 20 times.

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About the Author:

Dee Wampler

Dee Wampler has practiced law for 50 years has received many awards and honors. As Greene County’s youngest elected Prosecuting Attorney at the age of 29, Wampler’s reputation was quickly established as a leading trial attorney. Dee was an original organizer and first president Crimestoppers.

Wampler has published over 250 articles for Law Enforcement Journals, and authored six books: Missouri Criminal Law Handbook; The Trial of Christ; The Myth of Separation Between Church and State; Standing on the Front Line; Defending Yourself Against Cops in Missouri, and other Strange Places; and One Nation Under God. His knowledge of criminal law and trial tactics is widely recognized.

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