Legislation Assemblyman Reed Gusciora sponsored to strengthen protections for stalking victims was officially signed into law on Monday.
"We've seen too many cases where stalking led to even worse crimes, and this legislation is aimed at making it clear that any behavior that threatens someone's sense of personal safety has to be taken seriously," said Gusciora (D-Mercer/Hunterdon). "Everyone in New Jersey has a right to live free from the fear that accompanies being stalked. This law will move us closer to securing that right for all of our residents."
The new law (A-3841) amends existing law to make the violation of a temporary restraining order for alleged stalking, or the violation of the provisions of a permanent restraining order issued for a stalking conviction, a crime of the third degree. Previously, such action was considered a crime of the fourth degree.
A third degree crime ordinarily is punishable by a term of imprisonment of three to five years and fine of up to $15,000 or both.