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Potential consequences of cyber stalking charges

Logging into cyberspace exposes you to many vulnerabilities and risks. As the Internet expands into our routine activities, it has become part of our physical reality. As a result, certain rules and laws that were previously applicable to any in-person exchange may also apply to electronic communication. This can include any exchange over social media, email and any online forums. In such instances, it is necessary to protect yourself from the potential risks. Knowing your rights may save you from ending up in a position where you might be vulnerable to being prosecuted.

Apart from the major cyber crime laws, the state of Michigan has a law against cyberstalking, which is also known as the Cyber Harassment law. The law applies in situations where an individual feels threatened emotionally or physically or is being harassed over an electronic medium. If charged under the Cyber Harassment law, the consequences may be serious. The defendant may face up to two years in prison and/or a fine of up to $5,000. In certain circumstances, such as, when the petitioner is a minor and the accused is more than five years older than the petitioner, the sentence may be extended up to ten years in prison and/or $10,000 fine.

Other circumstances, which may result in an extended sentence, include but are not limited to, a situation where the petitioner feels that there is a legitimate physical threat to them or their family or if the contact was in violation of a restraining order.

Being charged under the Cyber Harassment Law is a serious offense, which may not only result in a prison sentence but may also affect your chances of success in life later on.  If you are being accused of cyber harassment or stalking, you might want to consider seeking the help of a lawyer to present your case in the hopes of receiving the best possible outcome.

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