Cyberstalking Defense

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Cyberstalking, a relatively new law, is a serious criminal offense under Florida law. Cyberstalking in Florida is a first degree misdemeanor punishable by 12 months in jail, and a $1,000.00 fine for each alleged act.

 

Cyberstalking involves communications through text messaging, blog posts, posting on FaceBook, YouTube, the Internet or other electroinic means for any of the following acts: 1) anonymously posting private information about another, 2) cyberbullying, 3) text messaging sexually provocative information or photograph, 4) pretending to be the victim on line, and 5) online sexual harassment.

 

Specifically, under Florida Statutes Section 784.048, cyberstalking is defined as “causing series of communications which include words, pictures, images, or language through the use of any electronic means such as e-mail, the internet, phone text messaging targeted at a specific person, which causes that person "substantial emotional distress" and serves "no legitimate purpose."”  

Aggravated Cyberstalking is a 3rd degree felony, punishable by 5 years in prison and monetary fine. This crime is defined under Florida Law as “a credible threat made with the intention of placing the person in reasonable fear of serious bodily injury or death for the person or the person's immediate family member. Aggravated Cyberstalking automatically applies if the cyberstalking is directed at a person under 16 years old or when violating a restraining order or order of protection against domestic violence.

For a free consultation about our Cyberstalking Practice, call us at 561-962-3130, complete the contact form below or e-mail us at christian@vanriperandnies.com. We are available day and night and on the weekends.

 

 

 

 

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