If you or someone you know is being subjected to harassment online, an occurrence commonly referred to as cyberbullying, what recourse do you have? There are two main classifications of online harassment, Threatening Online Communications, and Stalking. The first is more general, and has fewer requirements for a conviction.
A person is guilty of threatening online communications when: their communications are obscene, or lewd; they communicate anonymously, with the express intention of abusing the victim; or their communications are meant to threaten bodily harm to their victim. To be found guilty of stalking, a more serious allegation, the defendant must be found to have done any of the things described above multiple times. That being done, the prosecution must also show that the unwanted behavior is something that would cause a normal, reasonable person to feel fear and that the victim actually felt fear.
If convicted, someone guilty of threatening online communications would be subject to a fine of up to $500, and up to a year in jail. The more serious offense of stalking carries a penalty of a fine up to $1000, and up to a year in jail. These penalties increase for repeat offenses in either category.
I’ve been a victim of Cyber Harassment, what can I do?
Contact the law office of Cook/Thompson for a free consultation.