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Stalking; Protective Orders in Oklahoma
Protective Orders are orders issued by the court on behalf of a victim of domestic violence. It may order the abuser to move out of a shared home and/or to stop hurting, threatening, stalking and/or harassing the victim. The authority of courts to enter orders of this nature stems from the Oklahoma Protection from Domestic Abuse Act. The Act allows a victim of domestic abuse, stalking, harassment, or rape to petition the court for a protective order on behalf of themselves and their children. In this blog post, we will discuss how stalking is defined in the statute.
Merriam Webster defines stalk as follows: to follow, watch and bother (someone) constantly in a way that is frightening, dangerous, etc. To stalk someone is a common term today, and can take place in a variety of forms. Whether in person, by phone, text, or online, our interconnectedness has expanded the ways in which we communicate-for better and for worse. Whether an individual has stalked another becomes important when relief is sought under the Oklahoma Protection from Domestic Abuse Act. Specifically, a victim of domestic abuse, a victim of stalking, a victim of harassment, a victim of rape, any adult or emancipated minor household member on behalf of any other family or household member who is a minor or incompetent, or any minor age sixteen (16) or seventeen (17) years may seek relief under the provisions of the Act. There are two general ways a person can commit stalking under the statute:
If you have questions regarding stalking or protective orders in Oklahoma, contact our experienced Tulsa criminal defense attorney for a consultation.
 22. O.S. § 60.1 (OSCN 2015), Protection from Domestic Abuse Act.