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Is cyberstalking really a crime?

| Feb 25, 2021 | Criminal Defense |

In today’s technologically advanced world, we have more insights into people’s lives than ever. Those who share their lives online might post about their daily activities in real-time, or willingly give away information about their location, plans or private life.

Even when people have privacy settings on their social media account, it can be possible to send a friend request. Some people want to gain access to information about a person’s life, for example, their ex or an estranged person. To do this, they have been known to pose under an anonymous profile or use a false identity.

If you have been looking up an ex online, sending them messages or trying to find out as much information as you can, you probably believe that there is nothing wrong with what you are doing. While this may be the case, you may be committing the crime of cyberstalking in some situations. If a person has accused you of cyberstalking, it is important that you take action to understand the law.

What is the definition of cyberstalking?

Cyberstalking occurs when a person engages in persistent and unwanted contact from a person online. This could be a person that they know in person or a complete stranger. It could involve making threats, sexual harassment and physical stalking.

How often are people found guilty of cyberstalking?

The crime of cyberstalking is becoming increasingly well-known, which means that potential victims are more aware of their rights to report an incident of cyberstalking. However, anonymous accounts can mean that innocent people are often falsely accused of cyberstalking. For example, if someone breaks up with an ex and is then harassed by an anonymous account, the ex may be accused of cyberstalking even if they were not involved.

If you have been accused of cyberstalking, it is important that you take action to defend yourself and protect your reputation. There are many defense options for those found in this situation.

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