Defending You Against Menacing and Stalking Charges

Have you been arrested on charges of criminal menacing or stalking? These types of cases can be difficult to defend against, especially because the evidence often consists of only witness testimony without any corroborating physical evidence.

After an arrest, do not talk to the police until you've consulted a criminal defense attorney. Your lawyer will discuss the circumstances of your arrest and give you practical advice about the best strategy to minimize possible penalties.

What Is Criminal Menacing?

The formal definition of menacing is "intentionally placing or attempting to place a person in fear of injury." Criminal menacing charges can result from:

  • Threatening a police officer
  • Showing a weapon like a knife or gun
  • Verbally threatening someone with serious bodily harm
  • Bar fights
  • Domestic disputes

Accusations of Stalking Can Have Serious Ramifications

Criminal stalking charges do not have to involve a romantic partner. It is also possible for a family member to file a complaint about stalking. The following behaviors are likely to lead to a criminal stalking charge:

  • Following
  • Waiting
  • High volume of phone calls or emails, or phone calls at inappropriate hours
  • Waiting for someone at work
  • Repeatedly following a child, sometimes called luring a child

It is important to consult a criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible after an arrest for stalking or menacing. These charges may be misdemeanors or felonies, and the potential penalties if you are convicted can be very serious.

Contact Us for a Free Phone Consultation

If you have been arrested for aggravated menacing or stalking, contact the Law Office of Patrick M. Noe, Jr., an Erie County, New York, criminal defense law firm. We offer aggressive and effective criminal defense services throughout the Buffalo area and beyond.

At the Law Office of Patrick M. Noe, Jr., we are available for urgent questions 24 hours a day, seven days a week. To schedule a free phone consultation, call toll free 866-745-5168.