What is Stalking?
According to New Mexico law stalking is the intentional pursuit of a pattern of conduct (defined as at least two or more acts in which the accused stalker “by any action, method, device or mean, directly, indirectly or through third parties, follows, monitors, observes, surveils, threatens or communicates to or about a person or interferes with a person’s property.”) not authorized by law enforcement that is directed at an individual that would lead that individual to fear for their well being or the well being of a household member.
In New Mexico, stalking is considered a misdemeanor. The second or multiple convictions is considered a fourth degree felony.*
*N.M. STAT. ANN. § 30-3A-3. Stalking; Penalties. (2009)
Types of Stalking:
- Aggravated Stalking: The perpetrator knowingly violates an order of protection by a court, violates a court order or condition of release, uses a deadly weapon during an incident(s) or the victim is younger than sixteen years of age. The perpetrator of aggravated stalking is guilty of a second degree felony. The second offense is a third degree felony. In the case of a conviction, and in addition to any other punishments) the perpetrator shall complete a program of professional counseling at their own expense.**
** N.M. STAT. ANN. § 30-3A-3.1. Aggravating Stalking; Penalties. (1997)
- Cyber stalking; The use of technology to stalk victims. It involves the pursuit, harassment or contact of others in an unsolicited fashion initially via the internet and e-mail. Cyber stalkers may use information acquired online to further intimidate, harass and threaten their victim via courier mail, phone calls and physically appearing at a residence or work place.
- Harassment: According to New Mexico law, harassment is defined as: the conscious effort of an individual to continually annoy, seriously alarm or terrorize another person. The perpetrator’s efforts must be enough to cause a reasonable person to suffer substantial emotional stress. Harassment is considered a misdemeanor offense. †
† N.M. STAT. ANN. § 30-3A-2. Harassment; Penalties. (2008)
Stalking in New Mexico:
- Nearly one in four women and one in fourteen men a stalked at least once in their lifetime in the State of New Mexico
- 34% of stalking victims reported to law enforcement
- 83% of stalkers are male
- 44% of stalking victims were injured by their stalker
- 26% of stalking victims filed a Order for Protection. In 51% of those cases the PO was violated.‡
‡ Incidence and Nature of Domestic Violence In New Mexico VIII: An Analysis of 2007 Data From The New Mexico Interpersonal Violence Data Central Repository. Caponera, Betty. Ph.D.
Tips for Victims of Stalking:
- Trust your instincts
- Take precautions; increase your personal safety and maintain your privacy
- Talk with family and friends about your experiences/suspicions.
- Document everything and keep a log off all incidences. Take pictures if possible.
- Consider the pros and cons of obtaining a protective order
- Contact law enforcement.
|Cibola County Law Enforcement:|
|Cibola County Sheriff Office||(505) 876-2040|
|Acoma Pueblo Police Department||(505) 552-6601|
|Grants Police Department||(505) 287-5144|
|Laguna Pueblo Police Department||(505) 552-6685|
|Milan Police Department||(505) 287-4491|
|Pine Hill – Ramah Navajo Police Department||(505) 775-3226|
|New Mexico State Police||(505) 287-4377|
|Sandoval County Law Enforcement:|
|Sandoval County Sheriff Office||(505) 867-7526|
|Bernalillo Police Department||(505) 867-2304|
|Cochiti Pueblo Police Department||(505) 465-3136|
|Corrales Police Department||(505) 898-7585|
|Cuba Police Department||(505) 289-9157|
|Jemez Pueblo Police Department||(575) 834-0468|
|Jemez Springs Police Department||(575) 829-3345|
|Kewa Pueblo - B.I.A. Police||(505) 346-2868/2869|
|Rio Rancho Police Department||(505) 891-5900|
|Sandia Pueblo Police Department||(505) 890-1428|
|San Felipe Pueblo – B.I.A. Police||(505) 346-2868/2869|
|Santa Ana Pueblo Police Department||(505) 891-7226|
|San Ysidro Police Department||(575) 834-7581|
|New Mexico State Police||(505) 841-9256|
|Valencia County Law Enforcement:|
|Valencia County Sheriff Department||(505) 865-9603|
|Belen Police Department||(505) 864-6288|
|Bosque Farms Police Department||(505) 869-2358|
|Isleta Pueblo Police Department||(505) 869-6511|
|Los Lunas Police Department||(505) 865-9130|
|New Mexico State Police||(505) 841-9256|
|New Mexico State Law Enforcement:|
|New Mexico State Police||(505) 827-9300|