Cyberstalking Charges in California – What You Should Know
When most people think about the various crimes that are committed in California, the ones that occur in person generally come to mind. We often fail to consider the crimes that occur virtually, such as cyberstalking. Yet, this type of activity can be viewed as serious and could lead to jail time.
What is Cyberstalking?
According to California Penal Code Section 646.9, stalking is described as follows:
“Any person who willfully, maliciously, and repeatedly follows or willfully and maliciously harasses another person and who makes a credible threat with the intent to place that person in reasonable fear for his or her safety, or the safety of his or her immediate family is guilty of the crime of stalking.”
Cyberstalking tends to fall into this area. It involves using the Internet, email, or other electronic communication to stalk another person and may include threatening behavior. Those who engage in cyber-stalking are believed to pose a real threat of harm. Cyberstalking may involve threats or harassment that are delivered via the following channels:
- Text message
- Other electronic device
For example, someone might be accused of cyberstalking if he or she sends threatening emails to another person unsolicited or posts humiliating information about someone on the Internet. Keep in mind that these are merely two examples. There are many different activities that could be considered cyberstalking.
California Cyberstalking Charges
If you have been accused of cyberstalking in California, you could be facing jail time and may be fined a stiff penalty for your alleged actions. Depending on the severity of your charges, you could be looking at years behind bars.
Don’t wait to contact a Torrance criminal defense lawyer if you have been accused of cyberstalking in California. The prosecution is cracking down on these types of cases and you need to have an experienced legal team on your side.
For more information, call the Law Offices of Robert Ernenwein at 310-375-5858.