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Cyber Bullying: Charges, Penalties, and Defense

Cyber bullying charges

Bullying is nothing new, however, when the harassment moves from the schoolyard to online, it takes the offense to a whole new level. Videos and pictures posted for classmates to see can be devastating. Words sent anonymously from behind a screen can hurt deeply. The impact is often traumatizing for those that are involved. Almost all states have bullying laws in place that include the use of cyber bullying.

What is Cyber Bullying?

Cyber bullying is when a person uses Internet applications and technologies such as social media sites, cell phones, instant messaging, email to: harass, intimate, or cause harm to another person.

The Traumatic Impact of Cyber Bullying

Bullying in general is painful, but the impact of cyber bullying can cause even more severe damage to a victim. For example, when a situation happens at school where a person is being bullied will be difficult for an individual. However, that that same situation posted online for the whole world to see can cause a victim to relive the situation over and over.

Recently, Netflix released a documentary called, “Audrie & Daisy” that focuses on three cases of rape. The film follows the lives of two American high school students, Audrie Pott, and Daisy Coleman.

Throughout the film, you can see the complexity of a case and the increase trauma that the families and the victims were subject to through the avenue of cyber bullying. Audrie Pott was sexually assaulted while she was under the influence of alcohol and passed out. The boys involved took nude pictures of Audrie and showed the school.

Sadly, that was the beginning of the harassment and bullying for Audrie. The presence of the Internet and the online bullying eventually caused Audrie to commit suicide. She felt that her world was over; her reputation has ruined without repair. This heartbreaking story highlights the massive trauma that cyber bullying has on a victim.

The Law

With the increased offenses happening related to cyber bullying throughout the country, laws specifically addressed to cyber bullying are growing. In some states, cyber bullying will be treated as a civil matter rather than a criminal matter. In response, prosecutors use existing laws on the books to prosecute individuals.

As a whole, the nation is leaning toward greater accountability for bulling in general. In 2011, Michigan legislators enacted a law that required all sate school boards to adopt an anti-bullying policy.

Penalty for Cyber Bullying

Depending on the specifics of a case determine the direct penalty for the cyber bullying. The range of punishment is wide. An individual could just serve school interventions such as suspension and or expulsions. However, it can also range to being convicted with a misdemeanor with jail time and even felonies.

Facing Cyber Bullying Charges

If you or a loved one has been charged with cyber bullying, there can be serious consequences. With the increase of awareness of the traumatic impact, prosecutors will fight to convict. Our goal is to ensure that you do not have to face any unjust punishment. As an experienced professional defense attorney, I make it my job to ensure that you have a fair trial where you are fully represented.

Contact me today and start fighting for your freedom.

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This article was published on: October 21, 2016 and was last modified October 21, 2016