The possibilities when it comes to the Internet seem to be endless. And because the capabilities go beyond anyone’s needs, it is possible to have one’s Internet or computer usage to look as though one is misusing this form of technology. Thus, individuals in Florida and elsewhere could end up facing criminal allegation if it is suspected that the alleged offender used the Internet to complete a crime. Because Internet crimes are complex, it is essential to fully understand the situation, what defense options are available and the potential penalties one might face.
What is cyberbullying? This occurs when the Internet or mobile technology is used to harass another person, intimidate them or cause another harm. Bullying has been an issue that has been around for some time; however, with cyberbullying, this conduct does not only occur in the school setting or among the youth. This form of bullying can occur in any age group and can carry with it serious criminal penalties.
It was not until the mid 2000’s when specific laws regarding cyberbullying were treated. This matter can be treated as both a civil and criminal matter. Based on criminal harassment statutes, prosecutors are able to bring charges in severe cases. And if one is charges, this could carry with it a wide range of penalties that could be as severe as jail time for a felony or misdemeanor.
Initiating a criminal defense is a necessary step to take for those seeking to clear their name or reduce the criminal consequences he or she faces. By taking the time to explore defense options and understand how the criminal defense process could benefit you, one could reduce or dismiss the charges against them.