Legal Statutes: New Jersey
UPDATED October 12, 2012
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- New Jersey Statutes (select sections)
- Title 2A. Administration of Civil and Criminal Justice
- Subtitle 1. The Courts
- Chapter 4A. Family Court
- Article 2. Code of Juvenile Justice
- Subtitle 6. Specific Civil Actions
- Chapter 34. Divorce and Nullity of Marriage--Alimony and Maintenance--Care and Custody of Children
- Article 1. Causes for Nullification and Divorce
- Article 2. Jurisdiction
- B. How Acquired
- C. Parents' Education Act
- Article 6 Alimony and Maintenance
- Article 8. Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act
- Title 2C. The New Jersey Code of Criminal Justice
- Subtitle 2. Definition of Specific Offenses
- Part 1. Offenses Involving Danger to the Person
- Chapter 11. Criminal Homicide
- Chapter 12. Assault; Reckless Endangering; Threats
- Chapter 13 Kidnapping and Related Offenses: Coercion
- Chapter 14. Sexual Offenses
- Part 2. Offenses Against Property
- Chapter 17. Arson, Criminal Mischief, and Other Property Destruction
- Chapter 18. Burglary and Other Criminal Intrusion
- Part 3. Offenses Against Others
- Chapter 25. Domestic Violence
- Part 4. Offenses Against Public Administration
- Chapter 29. Obstructing Governmental Operations; Escape
- Part 5. Offenses Against Public Order, Health and Decency
- Chapter 33. Riot, Disorderly Conduct, and Related Offenses
- Subtitle 3. Sentencing
- Chapter 43. Authorized Disposition of Offenders
- Chapter 58. Licensing and Other Provisions Relating to Firearms
- Title 9. Children--Juvenile and Domestic Relations Courts
- Subtitle 1. Parental Relationship and Care, Custody, Guardianship and Support of Children in General
- Chapter 2. Care, Custody, Guardianship and Support of Children in General
- Article 1/2 . Custody in General
- Subtitle 4. Illegitimate Children
- Chapter 17. Bastardy Proceedings
- New Jersey Rules of Court
- Part I. Rules of General Application
- Chapter IV. Administration
- Rule 1:40. Complementary Dispute Resolution Programs
Chapter 12. Assault; Reckless Endangering; Threats
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.
L.1992, c. 209, § 1, eff. Jan. 5, 1993. Amended by L.1996, c. 39, § 1, eff. June 20, 1996; L.1998, c. 17, § 3, eff. May 6, 1998; L.1999, c. 47, § 1, eff. March 12, 1999; L.2001, c. 220, § 2, eff. Aug. 24, 2001; L.2009, c. 28, § 1, eff. March 21, 2009.