Posted by: Kempite | December 16, 2008

BECK BILL ADDS TEETH TO PROTECTING THE VICTIMS OF STALKERS

On Monday, December 15th, the New Jersey state senate unanimously passed legislation that Senator Jennifer Beck was a primary sponsor and author of.

The measure broadens protections for victims of stalkers.

As result of the senator’s efforts, anti stalking laws will now include penalties for conduct that causes a person to fear for their safety or the safety of a third person or causes a targeted to suffer emotional distress.

Senator Beck saw an obvious need for the change in law in order to keep anti stalking measures effective enough to deal with technology which allows for stalking to be conducted through electronic means such as GPS. This gives stalkers the opportunity to intimidate without being physically present.

The new language helps to apply anti stalking laws to the abusive use of technology for such means.

Penalties for such a crime are now guilty of a crime of the fourth degree punishable with a term of imprisonment not to exceed 18 months, a maximum fine of $10,000 or both. Violator’s who commit a second or subsequent offense are guilty of a crime of the third degree punishable my a maximum term of imprisonment of five years, a fine of $15,000 or both.

In regards to the measure Senator Beck previously stated “Stringent laws are needed to protect victims of stalking and to hold stalkers accountable, Anyone who has been a victim can attest to the fear, loneliness and trepidation that results from this intolerable behavior.”

This recent success is just one of many victims rights initiative that Senator Beck has initiated first as an assemblywoman and now as a senator.

It is indicative of her sensitivity to the needs not of some of the people but of all the people. It is the type of sense of the people that we need helping to guide our state in Trenton and it is one of the reasons why we want to see Jennifer nominated for Lieutenant Governor.

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