Cyberstalking is a digital crime, but you could face significant penalties if you are accused and convicted. Both cyberstalking and cyberharassment charges are taken seriously under state and federal law.
You may be accused of cyberstalking if you use an electronic method to threaten, stalk or commit other malicious behavior toward another person. Since cyberstalking is typically online, the person you allegedly stalked could be anywhere. Cyberstalking doesn’t require you to be in the same region.
What makes cyberstalking so dangerous?
True cyberstalking can be extremely dangerous for victims. The cyberstalker might threaten them on multiple platforms or harass them unrelentingly on their phone or other electronic devices. They may even dox them, which is when they publish identifying, private information about someone online with malicious intent.
If you are accused of cyberstalking someone, you have to take the accusation seriously. If you have doxed someone by putting their address online after an altercation or you are accused of following them to different platforms to harass them, then you could face charges.
Miscommunications happen, and sometimes those accused of cyberstalking or harassment had no idea that what they were doing was upsetting someone. You deserve an opportunity to defend yourself against claims of cyberstalking so that you can clear your name.
If you do end up be being arrested and charged with this crime, there is a risk that you could be convicted of a misdemeanor or felony for cyberstalking (depending on the factors involved), be imprisoned for up to five years and have to pay substantial fines. It’s wise to seek legal guidance.