Stalking & Harassment

Stalking and harassment are against the law in Missouri. 
Under Missouri law (Section 565.225, RSMo.), stalking is conduct that serves no legitimate purpose, is directed at a specific person, and causes that person to reasonably fear for his or her safety, or causes that person emotional distress. This conduct may include calling, following, writing, or emailing.  The recent stalking law now includes conduct that is made with the intent to cause a person to reasonably fear for his or her family's safety as well as the safety of the family's pet or livestock.
Under Section 565.090 RSMo., harassment is conduct that includes unwanted communication that may be threatening, intimidating, frightening, or causes emotional distress to another person.

Advances in technology have provided new avenues for stalkers to track and intimidate their victims.  Donelan Law is familiar with such tactics and understands the seriousness of this behavior.  Stalking often begins or escalates when a victim leaves an abusive relationship.  Unfortunately, considerable planning is necessary in many cases to ensure a victim can leave an abusive relationship safely.  We can help you devise a safety plan, work with law enforcement, and help end the attacks.

The National Center for Victims of Crime’s Stalking Resource Center offers information on stalking laws, safety planning, and other resources.

Technology Safety & Privacy: A Toolkit for Survivors from the National Network to End Domestic Violence contains safety tips, information, and privacy strategies for survivors when using technology.

At Donelan Law, we will listen to you, discuss all your legal options, and fight for you.