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Cyber Stalking Laws

Cyber stalking is the act of using the internet or other electronic devices to harass or stalk another person, a group of people or an organization. Cyber stalking can involve lies, threats, identity theft, solicitation or monitoring in a harassing manner. While cyber stalking differs from off line stalking due to the use of electronic devices, this form of stalking often leads to offline stalking. To learn more about cyber stalking, take a look at the questions below that have been answered by Experts.

My family and I have been cyber stalked and cyber bullied for months. We have dealt with the police, family services and public humiliation because of this. Is there anything I can do?

You could file a restraining order or a civil order with no contact against the person who is cyber stalking you. You can read more about this option here: http://www.womenlaw.org/. There is also a great link that can be helpful since you are being cyber stalked which is an internet crime: http://ic3.gov/. There is a lot of information about identity theft but you can make your complaint to these agencies. Another thing you can do is ask the police department and family services to give you a written statement showing that you are clear of any crimes once this issue has been dealt with. Another step would be to check with the prosecuting attorney about filing charges on the person responsible for the disruption in your life.

You need to change your email addresses and block the person who is cyber stalking you. You may have to block them numerous times, but continue to block them. Set your privacy settings to friends only on your social networking sights. Also, if you use yahoo or AOL, you can report the abuse to them.

I have recently found out a relationship I was in was completely fictitious. I have a co worker that has been communicating with me as well as emails from the fictitious woman. The stress from the situation has forced me to take a leave of absence and seek professional psychological help. Are there any legal ramifications for his actions? Is this considered cyber bullying or cyber harassment?

Based on the information you have presented, you could have several causes of action. The intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligent emotional distress, possible cyber stalking (maybe) cyber harassment, and possible sexual harassment could be possible causes of action. It may be possible for the company that you work for could be held civilly liable if they knew this activity was taking place and failed to stop it.

Theoretically, and depending upon the circumstances, you could file a civil lawsuit against the people involved and pursue criminal charges against them. If you want to pursue civil charges, you should contact a local employment law attorney. In the mean time, you need to make copies of all correspondence between the people involved. This includes emails, texts, etc. that can be used to establish a timeline. You could also send this information to your local district attorney office if you plan on pursuing criminal prosecution. Also, you need to inform your employer of the circumstances but you should speak with an attorney before you do this.

My son of 21 years old was given a restraining order due to e-mails written to a girl of disturbing content that he was depressed. What should he expect at the hearing?

Usually, this will be an informal meeting and the person who filed the order may or may not be present. The meeting will take place before a judge and the girl's attorney may or may not be present. The judge will ask your son to explain his actions and his reasons for his behavior. It is important for your some to remain calm and honest during this meeting. It is also important for your son to dress appropriate for the meeting. A clean cut appearance will speak volumes.

Once the judge has heard your son's reasoning, he will allow the restraining order to stay in place or decide to make other decisions concerning the issue. If your son hasn't been charged with a specific crime, there shouldn't be any problem. However, your son should obey the restraining order and make no attempt to contact the girl.

Can a person get a harassment order or a cyber stalking charge against me if I don't live in the same state.

The person could have a restraining order or harassment order placed against you, but they would have to come to your state and file in order for it to take effect. If you are making violent threats against the person, they could file criminal charges based on the threats. Again, in order to file criminal charges, the person would have to file the charges in the state where you live.

Cyber stalking can be life altering for a person dealing with the problem. There are steps a person can take to protect themselves and their family. Cyber stalking is a crime and you have options. If you are dealing with cyber stalking and need answers, you need to ask an expert for assistance.
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