Online harassment has increased as a form of harassment due to the prevalence of technology and technological devices. It is now possible to stalk, bully, or harass people virtually via the internet. As a result, many forms of online harassment can occur. Here, you can learn more about this crime and what to do if you have been accused of it.
Forms of Harassment Online
There are many different forms of online harassment, but some of the most common forms include:
- Posting slanderous lies about someone online through social media, a blog, a chat room, etc.
- Threatening someone online.
- Stalking someone through the use of email, social network sites, or other internet means.
- Bullying someone through cyberbullying.
Cyberbullying is a particularly common form of online harassment. It is oftentimes committed by teenagers in school. Cyberbullying or any other form of online harassment might occur through social media, direct messaging, text messaging, or other communication apps.
Even teenagers can face penalties for cyberbullying. They will likely face issues with their school as well as issues with the law. You can learn more about penalties for online harassment below.
Harassment charges can range from a misdemeanor to a Class D felony. The penalties for these types of crimes include:
- Jail time.
- Prison sentence.
- Community service.
- Anger management or behavioral classes.
These are some of the most common penalties that you might face for online harassment.
If you have been charged with online harassment, you should contact a criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. A lawyer can get the facts of your case and defend you in a court of law. This can minimize your charges and penalties in some cases. If you are interested, we can set up a free consultation in which I can answer your questions about your case and help you establish a defense to the charges that you face.