Stalking is a crime that is taken seriously. Stalking can result in jail time and most likely will result in a protective order being issued against you. Not only will the protective order show up on a criminal records search, it will interfere with your right to transport and possess a gun.
You may be accused of stalking without even knowing you were acting in an illegal manner. Whatever the circumstances, when someone accuses you of stalking, you need a lawyer on your side to protect you.
Simply, stalking is repeated contact directed at another that can reasonably be understood to put that person in reasonable fear of death, bodily injury, or criminal sexual assault. It is a Class 1 Misdemeanor, which has a maximum penalty of up to 1 year in jail and a fine of $2500. If you are found guilty, you will also have a protective, or restraining, order issued against you. A third offense of stalking within 5 years is a Class 6 Felony with penalties of up to 5 years in prison.