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October 30, 2020

What is the legal definition of stalking in Georgia?

Stalking is defined as when someone does any of the following without your permission for the purpose of “harassing or intimidating” you:

  • follows you;
  • places you under surveillance; or
  • contacts you (in person, by phone, email, computer or other electronic device, etc.).1

“Harassing or intimidating” you means that the stalker does repeated acts that cause you emotional distress by placing you in reasonable fear for your safety or the safety of a member of your immediate family (and the acts serve no legitimate purpose). There does not have to be a specific threat of death or bodily injury.1

1 O.C.G.A. § 16-5-90(a)(1)