Lindsay Lohan has completed her stay at the Betty Ford Rehabilitation Center after 90 days of treatment and 1 fight with a staffer.  However, to get away from her “old life” Lindsay has packed up her belongings and moved to Venice, CA.  The problem, she moved in literally next door to her ex-girlfriend Samantha Ronson.  While Lindsay’s new place is pretty impressive (TMZ reports it is a 3,100 sq. ft., 4 bdrm, 4 bath), it is odd to think there wasn’t another location for Lindsay to move in that didn’t involve her being within 30 feet of Sam Ronson.

What Do You Do If Someone Moves Next To You To Stalk You?

Some people will just not take a hint.  While some people will eventually leave you alone, what do you do about someone that constantly follows you?  Outside of the obvious, avoid contact with the person, don’t respond to their communications, etc. there are a few legal options you have, like a termporary restraining order.  California was the first state to pass an anti-stalking law, but now, luckily, most states also have anti-stalking laws.  Depending on the state there can be both criminal and civil liabilities.  Criminally, in California, if someone is found guilty of stalking another (someone who willfully, maliciously and repeatedly follows or harasses another and who makes a credible threat with the intent to place the victim or victim’s immediate family in fear for their safety, but the victim does not have to prove that the stalker had the intent to carry out the threat) they can face imprisonment of up to a year and/or a fine of up to $1,000.

Restraining Orders

While criminal charges aren’t always the best way to handle a stalker, a restraining order might help the situation.  First, there is some paperwork to be filled out for the court. Once you fill out the proper forms you will give them to the court clerk and get the restraining order served on the defendant.  This initial restraining order is usually for a limited time (14-30 days).  After the initial hearing has concluded the judge will decide whether to issue another restraining order until a different hearing, or end the first restraining order.

There are several different types of restraining orders available.  From a temporary restraining order to a  do not contact order and even a permanent restraining order, there are lots of options.  However, if someone is violating their restraining order, then you should call the police, sheriff, or 911.  A violation of a restraining order can lead to imprisonment and/or fines.

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