Gillette Cyberstalking Defense Lawyers
The internet has made it extremely easy to look someone up online. With just a few taps, anyone can pull out a phone and search for someone they used to know, or someone met on social media. But some people take it too far by using the internet as a tool to harass or keep tabs on others.
With all the attention on bullying and online harassment these days, prosecutors have gotten pretty aggressive about prosecuting cyberstalking and other internet crimes.
The State of Wyoming doesn’t have specific laws against cyberstalking. But you can be prosecuted under the state’s stalking laws for using the internet, email, or any other form of electronic communication to bother someone.
Possible consequences for a cyberstalking conviction include fines, jailtime, restraining orders, and being forced to register as a sex offender. And your kids could even face criminal and civil charges because state law requires schools to report cyberbullying.
If you or someone you love has been charged with stalking, it’s time to protect your freedom and your reputation. When you sit down with our Gillette stalking defense lawyers At Steven Titus & Associates, P.C., we’ll go over all your options. Call (307) 257-7800 to learn more today.
Stalking is a form of harassment that involves repeated unwanted behavior directed at another person. Examples of cyberstalking include:
- Making harassing phone calls
- Obsessive texting
- Using GPS to track a person’s movements
- Sending threatening messages
- Posting the victim’s personal information online (doxing)
- Monitoring a person’s online behavior
- Posting insults online
Since 2009, Wyoming has had laws against cyberbullying. Under state law, schools must prohibit “harassment, intimidation, or bullying,” through “electronic communication.” Schools are required implement policies to prevent cyberbullying and create procedures for investigating, reporting, documenting, and punishing it.
Cyberbullying may lead to school punishment, and victims are also eligible to pursue both civil and criminal charges against a defendant. If your child has sent threatening messages to a classmate, they may face juvenile charges and they could even be subject to a protection order.
When it comes to adults, punishment for cyberstalking is much harsher. Not only could you face a stalking protection order, you can also be charged with misdemeanor stalking, which carries the following penalties:
- Up to six months in a county jail; and/or
- A maximum fine of $750.
If you already have a protection order against you, then the charges can be much worse. These orders prohibit defendants from communicating with their accusers in any way outside of court proceedings.
If your ex-spouse has a protection order against you and you message them on Facebook or Instagram, you can face misdemeanor charges of violating the protection order. These charges are the same as a misdemeanor stalking charge, but the court can also slap you with a felony charge, which carries up to 10 years in prison.
If your alleged stalking involves a minor, you may also be required to register with the Wyoming Sex Registry. Cyberstalking charges can absolutely disrupt your life. In addition to possible prison time, you may have to change your day-to-day routine due to a protection order.
At Steven Titus & Associates, P.C., our experienced Gillette criminal defense attorneys will fight to protect your freedom. Our team has extensive experience defending clients in stalking cases and we’ve achieved positive results. We may even be able to get your charges dropped altogether.
If you’re facing cyberstalking charges in Campbell County, call our office at (307) 257-7800 and schedule a FREE consultation today.
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