Stalking refers to repeated harassing or threatening
behavior by an individual, such as following a person, appearing at a
person's home or place of business, making harassing phone calls, leaving
written messages or objects, or vandalizing a person's property, according
to the U.S. Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime (OVC).
Any unwanted contact between two people that directly or indirectly communicates
a threat or places the victim in fear can be considered stalking.
Cal Pen Code § 646.9 . Stalking. (2008)
(a) Any person who willfully, maliciously, and repeatedly follows or willfully
and maliciously harasses another person and who makes a credible threat
with the intent to place that person in reasonable fear for his or her
safety, or the safety of his or her immediate family is guilty of the
crime of stalking, punishable by imprisonment in a county jail for not
more than one year, or by a fine of not more than one thousand dollars
($1,000), or by both that fine and imprisonment, or by imprisonment in
the state prison.