Miami Cyberstalking Attorneys
Today, many of the things we have traditionally done in face-to-face settings can be done online. We pay our bills online, we shop online, and many of us even work online. It is also possible to commit criminal offenses online, sometimes without even realizing that you have done so because on the internet, there is a sense of anonymity and privacy. But stalking a victim through social media or another online platform can be as harmful to the victim as other forms of stalking, like following him or her to work or school or repeatedly sending letters to the victim’s home. If you are facing a cyberstalking charge, you are facing a serious criminal charge that has steep penalties. Do not assume that your online mischief does not have consequences – it can have consequences that will impact your life for years to come. Work with an experienced Miami cyberstalking attorney to fight your cyberstalking charge.
How is Cyberstalking Different from Other Types of Stalking?
Stalking is defined as the act of willingly, repeatedly, and maliciously harassing or following a victim. In today’s world, this can happen on the internet or face to face. When stalking is conducted over the internet, it is known as cyberstalking. In some online communities, it is known as “doxxing.”
A few examples of cyberstalking include:
- Sending a victim unwanted emails or messages after being asked to stop contacting him or her;
- Threatening a victim through public posts and online messages;
- Encouraging other parties to harass a victim online;
- Using online databases to collect data about a victim in an attempt to contact him or her for malicious purposes or without his or her consent; and
- Embarrassing the victim through an online platform, such as posting his or her personal information publicly, spreading rumors about the victim, or falsely accusing him or her in an effort to attack his or her character.
Defense Against a Cyberstalking Charge
If you have been charged with cyberstalking, you can defend your case against the charge. A few potential defenses to a cyberstalking charge include:
- The allegation is false;
- A lack of substantial evidence to demonstrate that you maliciously, repeatedly harassed the victim. A mere disagreement online does not constitute an act of cyberstalking; and
- A mistaken identity. If the victim cannot prove that you were responsible for the attacks he or she experienced online, you cannot be found guilty for cyberstalking him or her.
Contact Our Experienced Miami Cyberstalking Attorneys
If you have been charged with cyberstalking, be proactive and start working on your legal defense strategy with an experienced criminal defense lawyer as soon as you can. Cyberstalking is as serious a criminal offense as other forms of stalking. Contact our experienced Miami cyberstalking attorneys at Ratzan & Faccidomo, LLC today to schedule your initial legal consultation in our office and learn more about your charge and your legal defense options.