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Updated: 
November 19, 2020

What is the legal definition of stalking?

Stalking is when a person intentionally or knowingly does two or more actions that:

  • cause you to fear for your safety;
  • cause you to fear for someone else’s safety; or
  • cause you emotional distress.1

Note: If a person violates a stalking injunction or a permanent criminal stalking injunction, s/he is also guilty of stalking.2

Stalking may include when someone:

  • follows, monitors, observes, photographs, surveils, threatens, or communicates to or about you, or interferes with your property directly, indirectly, or through any third party and by any method or device;
  • approaches or confronts you;
  • appears at your workplace or contacts your employer/coworkers;
  • appears at your house, contacts your neighbors, or enters your property;
  • sends materials to you, your family, employer, co-worker, friend, etc.;
  • places an object or delivers an object to your property, or place of employment; and/or
  • uses the computer, text messaging, or some other electronic method to follow, monitor, or threaten you.3

1 UT ST § 76-5-106.5(1)(e), (2)
2 UT ST § 76-5-106.5(1)(e), (3)
3 UT ST § 76-5-106.5(1)(a)