Law Office Of Leanna J. Smith
Leanna Smith and Carlos Vidal-Collazo

Aggressive Criminal Defense Attorney for Harassment & Obstruction Crimes in DeLand

If you have been charged with a harassment crime or an obstruction of justice crime in DeLand, Daytona Beach, Deltona, or other Volusia County area, contact the Law Office of Leanna J. Smith right away.

Our experienced and dedicated criminal defense attorneys will fight passionately in your defense, and may be able to help in lessening charges or seek to have the charges against you dropped altogether. If you’re in trouble, we want to help.

Harassment & Obstruction Crimes in Florida

Harassment

Harassment means to engage in a course of conduct directed at a specific person which causes substantial emotional distress to that person and serves no legitimate purpose.

False Imprisonment

Under Florida Statute 787.02, “False Imprisonment” is defined as forcibly threatening another person to confine, abduct, imprison, or restrain them against their will; or secretly confining, abducting, imprisoning, or restraining another person against their will without lawful authority.

Penalty: false imprisonment is considered a felony of the third degree, which is punishable by up to five years imprisonment and up to $5,000 in fines.

Kidnapping

Under Florida Statute 787.01, “Kidnapping” is defined as forcibly, secretly, or by threat confining, abducting, or imprisoning another person against their will without lawful authority to do so, and with the intent to:

Penalty: kidnapping is considered a felony of the first degree, which is punishable by a minimum of four years in prison, or up to life in prison, and up to $10,000 in fines.

Stalking

Under Florida Statute 784.048(2), “Stalking” is defined as a person who willfully, maliciously, and repeatedly follows, harasses, or cyberstalks another person.

Cyberstalking is defined as engaging in a course of conduct to communicate, or to cause to be communicated, words, images, or language by or through the use of electronic mail or electronic communication, directed at a specific person, causing substantial emotional distress to that person and serving no legitimate purpose.

Penalty: stalking is considered a misdemeanor of the first degree, which is punishable by up to one year in jail, up to $1,000 in fines, and a restraining order that can last up to 10 years.

Aggravated Stalking

Under Florida Statute 784.048, “Aggravated Stalking” occurs when one of the four following criterias are met:

Credible Threat is defined in Florida Statute 784.048(1)(c) as either a verbal or nonverbal threat, or a combination of the two, including threats delivered by electronic communication or implied by a pattern of conduct, which places the person who is the target of the threat in reasonable fear for his or her safety or the safety of his or her family members or individuals closely associated with that person, and which is made with the apparent ability to carry out the threat to cause such harm.

Penalty: aggravated stalking is considered a felony of the third degree, which is punishable by up to five years of imprisonment and up to $5,000 in fines.

Obstruction

Accessory After the Fact

Under Florida Statute 777.03, “Accessory after the Fact” occurs when one of the three criteria is met:

Penalty: the penalty for accessory after the fact depends on the severity of the felony crime committed by the suspect who was maintained, assisted or aided by the accessory after the fact. Below are the punishments for accessory after the fact, if the original crime was a:

Disobeying Lawful Order by Law Enforcement

Under Florida Statute 316.072(3), “Disobeying Lawful Order by Law Enforcement” is defined as willfully refusing or failing to comply with lawful order or direction given by a law enforcement officer, traffic crash investigation officer, traffic infraction enforcement officer or member of the fire department at the scene of a fire, rescue operation or other emergency.

Penalty: disobeying lawful order is considered a misdemeanor of the second degree, which is punishable by up to 60 days in jail and up to $500 in fines.

Tampering with Evidence

Under Florida Statute 918.13, “Tampering with Evidence” is defined as a person who alters, destroys, conceals, or removes any record, document, or thing during a criminal trial, proceeding, or investigation with the intent to impair its verity or availability in trial; or to make, present, or use any record, document, or thing knowing it to be false.

Penalty: tampering with evidence is considered a felony of the third degree, which is punishable by up to five years imprisonment and up to $5,000 in fines.

Tampering with a Witness

Under Florida Statute 914.22, “Tampering with or Harassing a Witness” is defined as a person who knowingly and intentionally uses intimidation or physical force, or threatens another person, or attempts to do so, or engages in misleading conduct toward another person, or offers pecuniary benefit or gain to another person, with the intent to cause or induce any person to:

Penalty: the penalty for tampering with a witness depends upon the underlying crime that is being investigated. If the underlying crime was a:

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