Good morning Kristin, New Jersey Statutes 2C:12-10: Stalking
Thank you for the additional information.
In order for there to be an arrest in a stalking case, you must make a formal police complaint against the siblings and it is up to the police then to determine whether they will arrest your siblings. And it is up to the local county prosecutor to decide whether to prosecute your siblings for a violation of the criminal code.
So, first contact the police and file a report about the stalking behavior by your siblings.
Here is the law on stalking in NJ, the violation of which is a Fourth degree criminal offense---a felony and the punishment includes: Up to 18 months in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
A person is guilty of stalking if he purposefully or knowingly engages in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear for his safety or the safety of a third person or suffer other emotional distress.
Stalking is a crime of the fourth degree. A second or subsequent stalking offense against the same victim is a crime of the third degree.
Stalking is a crime of the third degree if committed:
- as a second or subsequent offense of stalking against the same victim
- in violation of an existing court order prohibiting stalking;
- while serving a term of imprisonment; or
- while on parole or probation as the result of a conviction for any indictable offense under any state or federal law.
Here is a link to that specific NJ law:
You may also seek the court's help and an Order of Protection/Temporary Restraining Order against you siblings by filing for a restraining order based on their harassment and stalking of you. You may apply to the court for this protective order You can file a petition in the county where you live, or in the county where your siblings lives, or in the county where they are harassing and stalking you.
Here is a great article all about getting a restraining order in NJ:
Finally, you may also file a civil suit against your siblings for Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress and seek a money judgment against them for their wrongful behavior toward you. You may ask the court to order that they be responsible for your medical bills relating to the emotional injuries you suffered due to the harassment and stalking, for damages for your physical and emotional suffering and for damages to punish them for their wrongful behavior. You can file your claim in small claims court, or in a higher civil court.
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