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What are the penalties for cyberbullying?

In the days of modern technology, we can accomplish many things with a click of a button. Residents in Florida and elsewhere look at this as an efficient and effective way to live; however, technology is not exclusively good and beneficial. Much bad and wrongdoings can be accomplished through technology, making it a source of criminal allegations.

While bullying has been problematic since the start of time, it has grown to be a hot topic issue in schools across the nation. With the help of modern technology and the internet, bullying has elevated to new levels, making it not only more problematic but also creating new ways to accomplish this devastating task. No one wants to be labeled a bully much like no one wants to face criminal consequences for bullying a person online.

What are the penalties for cyberbullying? To begin, this act occurs when the Internet or mobile technology is used to harass, intimidate or cause harm to another person. Almost all states have bullying laws in place, involving cyberbullying and electronic harassments provisions as well. For example, the state of Florida has laws that define cyberbullying, prohibiting it against any K-12 student or schools staff member. While it does not include specific criminal sanctions, it directs school districts to develop their own policies and report and incidents.

Because cyberbullying can be viewed as a civil matter, it does not always result in criminal penalties. However, when it is charged as a crime, the accused could face interventions, such as suspensions or expulsions, as well as fines and jail time for convictions of criminal misdemeanors or even felonies.

While it may not seem like a severe criminal allegation, the reality is that cyberbullying charges could seriously impact the life of the accused. Because offenders are young and just starting out their life, it is important to handle this situation carefully and seriously. By initiating a criminal defense, the accused could reduce and even dismiss the charges they currently face.

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