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According to Florida case law, a victim needs competent, substantial evidence of stalking which can include a pattern of conduct composed of a series of acts over a period of time:

Here, the petitioner testified to multiple occasions where the minor child shouted obscenities at the petitioner and his domestic partner, threatened to “light them up,” and ultimately threatened to murder them. The petitioner further testified that he is unable to walk or bike through the neighborhood. He sleeps with a gun and a fire extinguisher next to the bed. He takes medication and attends counseling to cope with the stress caused by these repeated incidents. Thus, the record reflects competent, substantial evidence of a pattern of conduct composed of a series of acts over a period of time, directed at a specific person such that it “cause[d] substantial emotional distress in such person and serve[d] no legitimate purpose.” § 784.048(1)(a)-(b). In other words, the evidence satisfies the elements of stalking, which is sufficient to warrant the entry of the injunction.

See: Weisz ex rel. Weisz v. Clair – District Court of Appeal of Florida, Fourth District. July 23, 2008 – 989 So.2d 667



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