The advent of the world wide web opened a lot of technological doors, for a lot of people. For the most part the internet is used as intended, as a source of reference and most recently for social networking. It is the social networking aspect that can sometimes get people in trouble though. Websites such as Facebook and LinkedIn allow virtual strangers to learn the private matters of your life, if precautions are not taken. When an internet acquaintance becomes an obsession, it is possible to bring charges of cyber stalking and other digital crimes.
To combat unwanted threats originating from the internet, Florida has an anti-stalking law in place This statute makes it a crime for those that engage in the following:
● Harassment, over a period of time that establishes a pattern of conduct.
● The pattern of conduct demonstrates a threat.
● The threat may be via the internet, such as through email or website.
For those found in violation of this statute, the conviction is a misdemeanor. Our office understands the difference between behavior that rises to the level of stalking versus an exaggerated complaint from a disgruntled ex-employee or romantic interest. We aggressively defend against charges of this type, because we know your good reputation is at stake. A conviction for stalking, of any type, can make it difficult to get employment or to enroll in certain activities.
For more information about charges involving harassment or internet stalking, call an experienced criminal defense attorney in Stuart and the Treasure Coast. We offer a free initial consultation. Protect your good reputation by calling today to schedule your appointment.