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How to Defend Yourself Against Cyberstalking

Posted on in Cyber Crime

b2ap3_thumbnail_shutterstock_656573074.jpgThe rapid growth and widespread use of the Internet, electronic devices, and social media spawned an increase in cyberstalking cases. While an actual “physical” element is absent, being the victim of verbal, mental, or emotional intimidation by means of electronic communication is no less unnerving. 

Considered an emergent crime at one time, the increase in electronic harassment or cyberstalking required Florida, as well as other state and federal jurisdictions, to complete a thorough review and update of stalking and harassment laws. The changes were made to better reflect the onset of electronic harassment with more inclusive definitions and resources. 

How Does Florida Define Cyberstalking?

When the public began the daily use of computers and cellular phones, the concept of electronic or online harassment was barely in its infancy. However, like other states, Florida was required to address cyberstalking and create the legal definitions and subsequent penalties. According to Florida statutes, cyberstalking involves the following:

  • Engaging in a course of conduct by means of electronic communication or electronic mail directed at an individual causing substantial emotional distress AND serving no legitimate purpose. 
  • “Credible threat” means verbal or nonverbal threats, including those delivered by electronic communication.

Take Steps to Obtain Protection from Electronic Threats

In a case of cyberstalking, to properly and effectively file for an order of protection in a Florida Circuit Court, obtaining the help of an experienced cybercrimes attorney is strongly recommended. It is beneficial to have evidence of any of the following to list on a court petition to better qualify for an injunction:

  • Previous instances of threats, harassment, stalking, cyberstalking, or physical abuse;
  • Threats of harm to the petitioner or family members or individuals closely associated with the petitioner;
  • Instances of intentional injuring or killing a family pet;
  • Use, or threatened use, of a weapon against the petitioner;
  • Destruction of personal property, including, but not limited to, telephones or other communication equipment, clothing, or other items belonging to the petitioner.

Cyberstalking may involve one or any combination of electronic devices, including email, texting, chat rooms, instant messaging, and any number of social media apps commonly used by individuals. 

Seek Protection from a Cyberstalker Lawyer in Florida 

Our Florida cyberstalking attorney at Nelson Cyber Law, PLLC comprehends the laws that surround cybercrimes. Our focus on cyberspace and our knowledge of how to obtain evidence from the internet allows us to assist clients who are seeking protection from a cyberstalker. To schedule a consultation with Nelson Law, contact us online or call 1-800-440-5536.


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