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Have You Been a Victim of or Been Wrongly Accused of Cyberstalking?

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FL cyberlaw attorneyWith the widespread daily use of the internet and social media sites of all kinds, people have access to others’ personal information literally at their fingertips and in their pockets, via their cell phones. As a result, cyberstalking has become a danger that can affect nearly anyone.

What Qualifies as Cyberstalking?

Cyberstalking is any type of communication, through electronics, that is directed toward a particular person and gives that person reason to fear for his or her safety or the safety of another party, such as a loved one, friend, or pet. It may also include threats of damage to the victim’s property. Cyberstalking covers anything that may cause the victim “emotional distress,” or anxiety. The harassment may involve physical threats toward the victim or his and/or her family or friends, such as violence or sexual assault, bodily harm or kidnapping, just to name a few examples.

The cyberstalker may use any kind of electronic device to convey the threats and harassment, including phone calls, voice mails, text messages, instant messages by use of computers, cell phones, pagers, and multiple other means of communication. A law passed earlier this year in Illinois added messages sent through social media to their list of cyberstalking qualifications. Hacking is yet another form of cyberstalking that can negatively affect individuals and organizations that are targeted.

The contact in a cyberstalking case is “non-consensual,” meaning that the victim does not desire to have communication with the stalker, but the stalker has continued to make contact. This may also involve physically stalking the victim as well, by showing up at his or her home, workplace, or even a public place to attack or harass the victim.

What Charges May a Cyberstalker Face?

The first offense of cyberstalking is a Class 4 felony charge, while second offenses and any thereafter qualify as Class 3 felonies. Class 4 felonies can carry a sentence of one to three years imprisonment, while Class 3 felony charges may result in two to five years of jail time.

Victims of cyberstalking, including businesses and nonprofit organizations to file restraining orders against their stalkers. If a restraining order is granted, information will be recorded in the Law Enforcement Agencies Data System, so that the Department of State Police will have the facts of the case on file.

Contact a Flordia Cyberlaw Lawyer Today About Your Cyberstalking Case

Whether you have been a victim or have been wrongly accused of cyberstalking, Nelson Cyber Law, PLLC, can assist you with your case. Contact an experienced Tampa cyberlaw attorney and figure out your next move to protect yourself in your cyberstalking case. Call 800-440-5536 to set up a free 30-minute consultation today.


Sources:

http://victimsofcrime.org/our-programs/stalking-resource-center/stalking-laws/criminal-stalking-laws-by-state/illinois#5

https://www.law.com/legaltechnews/2019/01/09/states-look-to-take-lead-in-tackling-social-media-cyber-harassment/

http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/fulltext.asp?DocName=073000050K5-4.5-45

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