Bill Text: NJ S2213 | 2018-2019 | Regular Session | Introduced


Bill Title: Upgrades crime of stalking when victim is less than 18 years old.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2018-03-08 - Introduced in the Senate, Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee [S2213 Detail]

Download: New_Jersey-2018-S2213-Introduced.html

SENATE, No. 2213

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

218th LEGISLATURE

 

INTRODUCED MARCH 8, 2018

 


 

Sponsored by:

Senator  SHIRLEY K. TURNER

District 15 (Hunterdon and Mercer)

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

     Upgrades crime of stalking when victim is less than 18 years old.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

     As introduced.

  


An Act concerning stalking and amending P.L.1992, c.209.

 

     Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

     1.    Section 1 of P.L.1992, c.209 (C.2C:12-10) is amended to read as follows:

     1.    a.  As used in this act:

     (1)   "Course of conduct" means repeatedly maintaining a visual or physical proximity to a person; directly, indirectly, or through third parties, by any action, method, device, or means, following, monitoring, observing, surveilling, threatening, or communicating to or about, a person, or interfering with a person's property; repeatedly committing harassment against a person; or repeatedly conveying, or causing to be conveyed, verbal or written threats or threats conveyed by any other means of communication or threats implied by conduct or a combination thereof directed at or toward a person.

     (2)   "Repeatedly" means on two or more occasions.

     (3)   "Emotional distress" means significant mental suffering or distress.

     (4)   "Cause a reasonable person to fear" means to cause fear which a reasonable victim, similarly situated, would have under the circumstances.

     b.    A person is guilty of stalking, a crime of the fourth degree, if he purposefully or knowingly engages in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear for his safety or the safety of a third person or suffer other emotional distress.

     c.     A person is guilty of a crime of the third degree if he commits the crime of stalking in violation of an existing court order prohibiting the behavior.

     d.    A person who commits a second or subsequent offense of stalking against the same victim is guilty of a crime of the third degree.

     e.     A person is guilty of a crime of the third degree if he commits the crime of stalking while serving a term of imprisonment or while on parole or probation as the result of a conviction for any indictable offense under the laws of this State, any other state or the United States.

     f.     This act shall not apply to conduct which occurs during organized group picketing.

     g.    A person is guilty of a crime of the third degree if he commits the crime of stalking on a victim who is less than 18 years
old.

(cf: P.L.2009, c.28)

 

     2.    This act shall take effect immediately.

 

 

STATEMENT

 

     This bill would upgrade the crime of stalking from a crime of the fourth degree to a crime of the third degree if the victim was less than 18 years old.  A crime of the third degree is punishable by a term of imprisonment of three to five years, a fine of up to $15,000 or both.

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