Hackensack Police Officer Arrested for Stalking, Burglary by Placing GPS in Estranged Wife’s Vehicle

A Hackensack Police Officer was arrested on Monday for allegedly stalking his estranged wife. According to his wife, Lt. Richard Levis of Butler, placed a GPS tracking device in her vehicle in order to track her whereabouts. According to the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, Levis, who has been with the Hackensack Police Department since 1996, earns a salary of $196,000 per year. Prosecutors allege he “surreptitiously placed the tracking device on his wife’s vehicle” without her knowledge. He was charged with third degree burglary, and fourth degree stalking. Click here to read more at www.nj.com.

A person is guilty of stalking, a crime of the fourth degree, if he purposefully or knowingly engages in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear for his safety or the safety of a third person or suffer other emotional distressIn New Jersey, if convicted of fourth degree stalking, you may face a sentence of up to 18 months in prison.  

A person is guilty of Burglary the third degree if he: Enters a research facility, structure, or a separately secured or occupied portion thereof unless the structure was at the time open to the public or the actor was licensed or privileged to enter; Surreptitiously remains in a research facility, structure, or a separately secured or occupied portion thereof knowing that he is not licensed or privileged to do so; or Trespasses in or upon utility company property where public notice prohibiting trespass is given by conspicuous posting, or fencing or other enclosure manifestly designed to exclude intruders. If convicted, you may face a sentence of up to five (5) years in prison.

If you find yourself in the situation where you are charged with stalking or burglary, it is important to contact a lawyer who will be able to walk you through the legal process, especially with the possibility of jailtime. Experienced criminal defense attorney, Alissa D. Hascup is a former Morris County Prosecutor who has the skill set, and knowledge these cases require. She is commited to ensuring that your rights are protected in court. Contact her office for a free consultation about your case. She is available 24/7 at 862-257-1200.