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Stalking & Harassment Law

Tutorial on the crimes of stalking and harassment for New Mexico judges

New Mexico Statutes

The New Mexico "Harassment and Stalking Act" (the Act) appears in §§30-3A-1 to 30-3A-4. The New Mexico legislature adopted separate statutes and penalties for "harassment" and "stalking." In addition, harassing a person is also included as a particular form of stalking.

An important component of New Mexico stalking and harassment law is that the statutes deal with the actions of the perpetrator as well as their impact on the victim. This dual focus differs from a significant number of other criminal offense statutes which focus primarily, and sometimes exclusively, on the actions and intent of the perpetrator.