The legal definition of "stalking", though, is a little more narrow. Section 646.9 of the California Penal Code spells out the elements and the intent that must be proven before a person can be found guilty of the crime of stalking. Here's the short version:
- "Stalking" involves repeated following or harassing behavior.
- The following or harassing must be "willful" and "malicious".
- AND, the person doing the following must make a credible threat with the intent to place the victim in reasonable fear for his or her safety.