I am a guy who is 19 years old and I live in mississippi. I am friends with this girl who is 17 years old and lives in new york, just north of new york city. One important thing to note is that I have been friends with this girl since October 10, 2008. Keep in mind, we have never met in person and we've kept our friendship online only, but only because of economical reasons. On February 20, 2012, me and her were supposed to call on skype that night. For reasons unknown to me, she had deactivated her facebook account, and never showed up that night. I called her house phone several times that night, but I didn't use my phone number. I used a call spoofing website called bluffmycall to conceal my real phone number. I probably called 5-10 times, which I realize was very stupid of me, but I was just desperate to speak to her and find out what was wrong. The next day, I called her house about 4 times, all using the spoof calling service. The 3rd time I called, the girl's father answered and said my name, but i accidentally hung up. I then proceeded to call again, and he repeated my name and i asked who is this, and he simply replied "You'll find out soon enough" and he hung up. So I ended my phone calls to their house that day which was February 21st. On February 22nd, tuesday, I received a call from "914". It didn't show the full number, just the area code, when I answered the man identified himself as a police officer. He sounded extremely official, he genuinely sounded like an officer, but other than his convincing performance on the phone and area code only number, I have no other way to know if this really was an officer of the law or not. Anyways, he started talking to me about how he had jackie in front of him, along with her parents, and that jackie had told him that I was harassing her and that he said he was calling because he needed me to stop. He said I am NOT to contact her, in any way shape or form, through 3rd parties, letters, skype, email, facebook, electronically, etc. He said "should you refuse my order, I will contact the local police department in your area and you will be arrested and charged for harassment". He then confirmed with me "Are we clear now?" and I said "yes" of course. He said that it's now in their records at their department. What i don't know is whether the girl did this of her own free will or not. I don't believe she did, I believe she was bullied by her parents into filing this harassment report against me. Her parents dislike me extremely simply because I'm an internet friend, even though I've been friends with this girl since 2008 and no harm has ever happened to her from me.
What I would like to know is, can I legally contact this girl? If I contact the girl, and her parents move on to file charges against me, will the police come to my house and arrest me? Or will I just receive a court
summons? If I'm wrong, please explain this?
Also, if I receive a court summons, will court be held all the way in New York? (I live in mississippi remember)
I have heard that since she is 17, she is a minor, and her parents can dictate who she can or cannot speak to, and can enforce it by doing what they did now, by filing a harassment report and possibly escalating it to full blown charges should I continue. Is this true?
How can I know that I really spoke to a police officer on the phone?
If they cannot file harassment charges against me, is there any way the officer or the girls parents will "improvise" to prevent me from contacting her? Like, by trying to find a different law that I may or may not be breaking?
Also, as a last resort option, if I were to drive all the way up to new york to visit my friend, would I get arrested? I see that there are laws on international stalking and harassment and all that other stuff. Please know this, I am not out to hurt this girl, she is my best friend and means the world to me. Her parents have filed a harassment report against me, if I go up to new york and live in that general area that she lives in, can I in ANY WAY get in trouble?
And one last thing, just for my own reassurance, could you cite which laws you are referring to so i can be certain I'm safe from or in danger of prosecution?
Also, should this go to court, will it be easy to subpoena the phone call spoof company that I used to fake my phone number as someone else's? Could they subpoena any other internet companie's like google for it's email records, or skype for their phone records, or my isp for my internet records? Is it an easy process for law enforcement to subpoena a company? Or is it costly and time consuming for law enforcement and only reserved for matters more serious than what I'm dealing with?
And should I actually be charged, what is the most I could be charged with? My guess is simply a misdemeanor
charge for harassment, but of which degree and class I have no clue. What do you think?