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Stalking is a semi-violent criminal offense in Florida. We’ve all heard of Hollywood stars and professional athletes dealing with stalkers due to their constantly being in the limelight. However, this is an allegation that occurs quite often in Florida involving regular people in the course of their normal daily activities. Generally, this allegation coincides in some fashion with allegations of voyeurism and domestic violence.
Our firm has both prosecuted those accused of this crime. From these experiences we know that these charges are not always the easiest charges to prove and often are the unfortunate byproduct of a simple misunderstanding. Because this allegation can be classified as either a misdemeanor or felony, depending upon the nature of threat, it is of utmost importance to retain a knowledgeable criminal lawyer. Our attorneys are familiar with these allegations as levied against our clients and the collateral issues that accompany them.
HOW CAN WE HELP?
Unfortunately, all too often an individual will make a police report claiming someone is stalking them when they are not at all. Our attorneys are well versed in showing that the communication served a legitimate purpose and therefor cannot be classified as this specific crime. Just because someone suffers emotional distress does not mean they are being stalked if the source of the communication has a legitimate reason for communicating. This is frequently the case between parents battling for custody or visitation. If you’ve been a victim of stalking or harassment, contact our law firm at (954) 888-9529 for a free consultation. We’re here to help.
Nathan Avrunin Prosecutes Kristi Krueger’s Stalker
Kristi Krueger is a common South Florida household name. Kristi is known for co-anchoring the morning and noon newscasts on Local 10 as well as reporting medical news and breakthroughs in a segment titled “Kristi’s Good Health”.
Unfortunately, it hasn’t all been positive recognition for Kristi. In 2003, Nathan Avrunin prosecuted Kristi’s alleged stalker, Georgia Roberts. Kristi and Georgia’s daughters were classmates in a Pembroke Pine’s elementary school. The situation escalated when Georgia got overly upset that her daughter was not invited to Kristi’s daughter’s birthday party. For two years, Georgia stalked Kristi whether it was at their daughter’s school, the grocery store, or by constantly calling her. The first seven week trial charging Georgia with aggravated stalking and battery did not end in a resolution and was followed up with a second trial charging Georgia with a stalking misdemeanor.
Mr. Avrunin was able to make strong arguments based on Georgia’s instability. He presented to the court a past settlement agreement case where Georgia opted to defend herself and ended up revealing she had a multiple personality disorder. Mr. Avrunin also made strong arguments against Georgia such as her committing battery by grabbing Kristi’s arm and using lewd language as well as tormenting Kristi by referring to past nationally acclaimed murders. Georgia ended up being charged with three counts of contempt and had to spend two days in jail.