My question involves criminal law for the state of: Alabama
I have been accused of stalking a female who used to work as a topless dancer years ago. I was her client for about a year, from 2008-2009 to be exact. I would go and see her most weekends at the club where she was dancing. In late 2009, I ran into some money troubles and could no longer frequent the establishment, and that effectively brought our business relationship to an end. Our interaction was only within the club. We never had any contact away from there. In fact, I never even knew her real name. I only her stage name, which is the way it is supposed to be. Four years later in 2013, right after she had gotten out of that profession, she got a job as a waitress at a restaurant close to where I reside. I had eaten at this restaurant before. One Friday night right after she started working there, I went there to eat. She told her manager that she would have to go home for the night, because one of her former clients from when she was a topless dancer was eating there, and that the two of us had had a really big fight four years earlier, and she was afraid that this former client was only there to harass her. This was the first time we had even seen each other in four years. We did have an argument towards the end of the time that I was her client. But, it wasn't anywhere near as bad as she was describing it. The manager approached me and started off by apologizing in advance and telling me of the situation. I told him that, yes, I had once been a client of hers, but that had been years earlier, and I had no interest in doing anything other than eating. He told me that he was sure that that was the case, he was just trying to reassure his new waitress of this. It didn't make any difference, as she left for the night anyway, calling me a "piece of crap" on the way out the door.
She would eventually lose that job. Three years later, in 2016, we run into each other in a shopping center parking lot. When we made eye contact, I simply said "hi". She gave me a piercing glance. I then said "you been doing alright?". She then shouts something to the effect of "LEAVE ME ALONE!! OH MY GOD, WHY DO YOU KEEP HARASSING ME??? WHAT DO YOU THINK IS GOING TO HAPPEN?? SO, YOU THINK THAT BECAUSE YOU WERE ONCE MY CUSTOMER IN ANOTHER LIFE THAT THAT SOMEHOW ENTITLES YOU TO SOMETHING NOW?? NO!!! NO!! YOU HAD BETTER GET OUT OF HERE!! NOW!!!". Of course, she was making a scene. I just shook my head side to side in bewilderment. A week ago, I get served with a restraining order that states that I must stay 300 feet away from her at all times. I have seen her a grand total of two times since late 2009. She has alleged that I have been stalking her for years. She claims that I only came to that restaurant in 2013, because I knew that she was no longer a dancer, and I had an "ax to grind" with her. She then claimed that I had threatened her in broad daylight in that shopping center parking lot and that I had been "following her". She claims that I have showed up outside of every place where she has lived in the last three and a half years. She says that I have showed up at almost every job she has had in that time, causing her to have to quit five of them. None of that is true in the least. What has happened is, she has turned two coincidental meetings over the course of a seven plus year period into stalking and harassment. I have done nothing wrong, so I am not worried about arrest or anything. Could I go to court and contest this? And does it give me a criminal record? I have never had a restraining order issued against me prior to now. The bottom line is, the girl is paranoid that her former clients are out to get her, even after the passage of several years.