Legal Statutes: South Carolina
UPDATED November 1, 2016
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- Code of Laws of South Carolina (select statutes)
- Title 16. Crimes & Offenses
- Chapter 1. Felonies and Misdemeanors; Accessories
- Chapter 3. Offenses against the Person
- Article 17. Harassment and Stalking
- Chapter 17. Offenses Against Public Policy
- Article 7. Miscellaneous Offenses
- Chapter 23. Offenses Involving Weapons
- Title 20. Domestic Relations
- Chapter 3. Divorce
- Article 1. Divorces in This State
- Chapter 4. Protection from Domestic Abuse
- Article 1. Protection from Domestic Abuse
- Article 3. Uniform Interstate Enforcement of Domestic Violence Protection Orders Act
- Title 63. South Carolina Children's Code
- Chapter 3. Family Court
- Article 5. Jurisdiction and Court Powers and Procedures
- Chapter 15. Child Custody and Visitation
- Article 1. General Provisions
Article 17. Harassment and Stalking
back to top16-3-1720. Penalties for conviction of harassment in the first degree.
(A) Except as provided in subsections (B) and (C), a person who engages in harassment in the first degree is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, must be fined not more than one thousand dollars, imprisoned not more than three years, or both.
(B) A person who engages in harassment in the first degree when an injunction or restraining order, including a restraining order issued by the family court, is in effect prohibiting this conduct is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, must be fined not more than two thousand dollars, imprisoned not more than three years, or both.
(C) A person who engages in harassment in the first degree and who has a prior conviction of harassment or stalking within the preceding ten years is guilty of a felony and, upon conviction, must be fined not more than five thousand dollars, imprisoned not more than five years, or both.
(D) In addition to the penalties provided in this section, a person convicted of harassment in the first degree who received licensing or registration information pursuant to Article 4 of Chapter 3 of Title 56 and used the information in furtherance of the commission of the offense under this section must be fined one thousand dollars or imprisoned one year, or both.
1995 Act No. 94, § 1; 1996 Act No. 458, Part II, § 31C; 2005 Act No. 106, § 7, eff January 1, 2006; 2013 Act No. 99, § 3, eff June 20, 2013.