Can the mom of my 16-year-old girlfriend file harassment or stalking against me for talking to her if she wants to to talk to?

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Can the mom of my 16-year-old girlfriend file harassment or stalking against me for talking to her if she wants to to talk to?

My girlfriend’s mom said that we cannot communicate through any means and if we do she will file harassment or stalking against me, even if my girlfriend initiates the conversation. Can she do that?

Asked on March 23, 2012 under Criminal Law, Iowa

Answers:

Kevin Bessant / Law Office of Kevin Bessant & Associates

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Technically she can as the parent of the minor child, but she would have to show that your conduct amounts to stalking or harassment. If not, then I doubt if any charges will be filed. If so, then you must understand that even though the daughter wants to communicate with you, if your actions amount to stalking or harassment, then the prosecutor can take into account both the daughter's and her mother's wishes to prosecute because she is still a minor.  


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