Twenty years ago, when you wanted to get hooked up on a date, you had a few options:
- Call a friend.
- Hit the bar scene.
- Find someone through the lonely-hearts section of the classifieds.
(I mean, there was speed dating, too, I guess, but I never knew anyone who did that.)
The internet revolutionized dating. It made it so much easier to find people with similar interests, and dating apps made it possible to reach out while you were on-the-go, too. You can reach the whole world in one swipe of your finger. It’s pretty cool.
What’s less cool – always was, always will be – is harassment. And I don’t know about you, but I’d say leaving 65,000 text messages along the lines of “Oh, what I would do w ur blood!” and “Don’t ever try to leave me … I’ll kill you … I don’t wanna be a murderer!” definitely fits the bill of harassment.
But a little thing like harassment didn’t stop 31-year-old Jacqueline Claire Ades from sending those creepy messages to man in Scottsdale, whom she thought was her soulmate. As she told the reporters in a jailhouse interview, “Love is an excessive thing.”
Let’s talk about stalking
Maryland defines stalking as the “malicious course of conduct of approaching or pursuing with intent to place in reasonable fear of bodily injury or death one individual giving unwanted attention and contact to another.”
- 65,000+ text messages, some of which are Anti-Semitic, some threatening, and some both.
- Taking a bath in his house when he’s not home.
- Unnerving someone so much he literally leaves the country.
- Pretending to be a guy’s wife.
- Driving around with a larger butcher knife – or, as Ms. Ades says, “little flippy knives.” Either way, knives.
I’d say this all fits the bill.
Now, the thing about stalking charges in Maryland is that there’s never just one charge; there’s usually a bunch of other charges that go along with a charge of stalking: harassment, misuse of electronic mail, misuse of the telephone, etc. They can add up, too, those little charges, and you could end up in jail for up to 9 years and three months (if sentenced consecutively on all four charges). Now you’re looking at $6500 in penalties and fines, too.
In this case, Ms. Ades had either a butcher knife OR a “little flippy” knife (I assume a pocket knife of sorts), which means she could face enhancement charges for the deadly weapon. There might be charges for fraud, because she impersonated his wife. The anti-Semitic language could add hate crime enhancements, too. Had the poor guy filed for a peace order, there might be additional charges there for violating it. (At least, that’s how it could be if it happened in Maryland.)
To quote Queen Bey herself, “Crazy In Love,” indeed.
If you’re charged with stalking, harassment, or any crimes, you want an attorney who will fight for your freedom. At Drew Cochran, Attorney at Law, you’ll find that lawyer – me, Drew Cochran. To schedule a consultation at my Annapolis office, or to set up an in-custody visit, please call 410.777.8103 or fill out my contact form.
And when things start to get frightening, just remember: Keep Calm – and Call Drew.