Press Release – To protect stalking victims, repeat offenders will face increased jail time under legislation Assembly Deputy Republican Leader Nancy F. Muñoz sponsors. The bill, A-3841/S-2540, was signed today by Gov. Christie.
“Restraining orders often aren’t enough of a deterrent for stalkers. Regardless of their motivation, the goal is the same – to instill constant fear in their victims,” said Muñoz, R-Union, Morris and Somerset. “They are also at an increased risk of being attacked or killed. In addition to the threat of physical harm, the psychological trauma is devastating. Repeat offenders continue to harass their victim with terrifying consequences. These criminals will no longer receive a slap on the wrist. Instead they’re going to face several years in prison.”
The measure increases prison time and fines for persons convicted of subsequent stalking offenses. Under the revised law, such offenses are upgraded from a fourth degree crime to a third degree which carries a 3 to 5-year prison term and a fine up to $15,000.