An Accusation Of Cyberstalking Must Be Taken Seriously
If you are under investigation for or have been accused of cyberstalking, your reputation and your freedom are on the line. These are serious federal charges that could result in a prison sentence of five years and a fine of up to $250,000. Enhanced penalties may apply if cyberstalking is charged in conjunction with another offense. A life sentence may be imposed if you are found guilty of allegedly causing the death of another person as a result of cyberstalking.
You have the right to legal counsel. Exercise this right and speak with a Miami cyberstalking defense lawyer at Beckham Solis, Attorneys at Law. We know how to fight for our clients’ rights in federal court and can take the necessary steps to confront an investigation or allegations head-on, mitigate any damage and begin protecting your rights from the beginning.
What Is Cyberstalking?
Cyberstalking may include any intentional act that puts a victim “in reasonable fear” of injury or death, or that causes “substantial emotional distress” – when committed using any “interactive computer service or electronic communication device” such as social media sites, email, texting, or any form of cellphone, internet or computer-based communication.
According to Florida statute section 784.048(d), cyberstalking is defined as engaging in conduct that communicates through words, images or language by use of email or other electronic communication or accessing (attempting to access) online account information of another person without permission causing emotional distress without purpose.
Is Cyberstalking A Federal Crime?
Cyberstalking is a federal crime. Cyberstalking falls under the federal statute as part of the Violence Against Women Act of 2005, which was amended in 2013 to include stalking by internet or phone. Even if the alleged perpetrator and victim live in the same jurisdiction, federal cyberstalking charges may apply.
Cyberstalking may include such acts as:
- Unwanted contact
- Sexual abuse
Cyberstalking is punishable by a fine of up to $250,000 and up to five years in prison. If cyberstalking results in the death of the victim, a life sentence may be imposed. Furthermore, federal cyberstalking cases will be investigated by the FBI or another federal agency. They will be prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office. At the federal level, the resources and personnel that you are up against will present a formidable opponent. You need a team that can match and surpass them.
For Unrivaled Advocates Providing Reliable Counsel, Call Today
Serving Miami-Dade County, we at Beckham Solis, Attorneys at Law, are qualified and prepared to handle your case. We recommend calling our offices to speak with a Miami cyberstalking attorney about your options and rights at this precise point in time. Your initial consultation is free and confidential, and you can count on the fact that we will be honest and straightforward in our assessment of your federal cyberstalking case.