What to do if you are falsely accused of stalking?

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Massimo Trebar


Being falsely accused of stalking is a distressing and challenging situation that can have serious consequences on your life. As such, it is essential to navigate this difficult ordeal with care and strategy. From understanding your rights to building a strong defence, our legal representatives empower you with the knowledge and guidance you need to address these accusations and protect your reputation. 

Remember, you are not alone, and there are ways to defend your innocence and find a resolution to this traumatic situation.

What is stalking? 

In the UK, the updated Protection from Harassment Act 1997 defines stalking as a pattern of harassment and unwanted behaviour that causes fear, alarm or distress to the victim. 

Stalking can encompass various actions, including following someone, making threats, unwanted communication (via phone, email, or social media) or even surveillance. It involves a course of conduct rather than a one-off incident, making it a sustained, deliberate intrusion into the victim’s life. 

The act aims to protect individuals from such behaviour, and provides legal avenues for victims to seek restraining orders to restrict and discourage individuals from continuing their stalking activities. 

Stalking is a serious offence in the UK, and those found guilty can face significant penalties, including imprisonment.

What are the potential consequences for false accusers? 

Anyone who makes a false accusation may be subject to charges and potential convictions for obstructing law enforcement’s efforts. In more severe cases, they could face charges related to perverting the course of justice

Those convicted of such wrongdoing could face consequences, including imprisonment for up to six months for wasting police resources or significantly longer sentences if found guilty of perverting the course of justice.

The process of gathering evidence to prove innocence against stalking accusations

Accusations of such a crime invariably induce stress and can result in reputational harm or financial setbacks. Therefore, it is natural to seek some form of compensation or reparation in such situations.

Even if you are innocent, it’s important initially not to engage in any verbal or written defence against false allegations, before seeking legal advice, no matter how confident you are. You should also not take part in any police interviews before speaking to a solicitor, as you could risk further incriminating yourself. 

It’s crucial to keep in mind that having an expert criminal defence legal professional by your side throughout the investigation can be the key to comprehending the allegations against you and preserving your good name. From here, you must work closely with your solicitor, documenting all interactions, including emails, texts and relevant documents. 

You should then identify witnesses who can attest to your whereabouts during the alleged incidents as these accounts will provide crucial corroboration. The search for surveillance footage to validate your actions and establish an alibi will further strengthen your case. 

Ultimately, consulting with legal counsel is paramount, ensuring a comprehensive defence that refutes any involvement in the alleged stalking activities.

What can be the impact on personal and professional life?

A false accusation of stalking can have profound and devastating impacts on one’s personal and professional life. Personally, it can lead to emotional distress, damaged relationships, and even strained family ties. The stress and anxiety resulting from the accusation can also be debilitating, leading to long-term health issues. 

Professionally, it can harm one’s reputation, leading to job loss, difficulty in securing employment or damage to a career. False accusations may also lead to legal consequences, diverting time and resources away from personal and professional pursuits. 

In fact, the stigma associated with stalking can linger, even if innocence is eventually proven, leaving lasting scars on one’s life and wellbeing.

How can Lawtons help if you’ve been falsely accused of stalking?

Lawtons, with its experienced team of criminal defence specialists, is here to provide unwavering support if you’ve been falsely accused of stalking. We meticulously investigate the charges, gather crucial evidence, and work tirelessly to prove your innocence. Our experts will guide you through the legal process, ensuring your rights are protected and presenting a robust defence on your behalf. 

We understand the profound impact of false accusations and are committed to safeguarding your reputation, personal life and professional future. As well as stalking accusations, we can also help defend you against false accusations of common assault, sexual, drug and burglary offences, amongst many others. Do not hesitate to contact us today to discuss your case.

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