JAMES P. WILLETTDistrict Attorney222 E. Weber AvenueSecond Floor, Room 202Stockton, CA 95202Phone: (209) 468-2400Fax: (209) 465-0371
Is watching me? Is he following me? He calls me at home and at work, day and night. He sends threatening e-mails. While stalking may involve physical violence, it is more often a crime of being forced to live in fear, that feeling of unease you get whenever the phone rings or there is a knock at the door . . .
In 2006 the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office filed nearly 40 felony cases alleging stalking, as well as several misdemeanor stalking cases. Many of those cases started from domestic violence situations. The stalker just can’t accept that the relationship is over and does things to keep the victim in his life. Or, the stalker can’t accept that someone with whom he used to have an intimate relationship is now with someone else. A stalker may also be a total stranger who has decided for whatever reason to fixate on a particular target. Whatever the scenario, the stalker does not take rejection quietly.
This information has been prepared by the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office in order to provide you, as a victim of stalking or knowing someone who you suspect is being stalked, with accurate information as to how such cases are handled. It is our hope that the information provided will answer your questions and relive some of your fears.
The prosecutor assigned to handle stalking cases reviews all available evidence and will file charges if there is sufficient evidence to successfully prove the case in court. This evidence may include the following:
You will only have to testify in court if you are either ordered by the judge to appear in court, or you receive a subpoena directing you to appear. Many cases are resolved without the victim having to testify, but not all. In some cases, a victim or other witness may even have to testify more than once. This is how the process works: