Are victims of cyberbullying or cyberstalking protected by the law?
Attorney Stephanie Cagnet Myron with Cagnet Myron Law answers this question.
In Florida, victims of cyberstalking and cyberbullying are protected by the law. They have the ability to go forward with an injunction or a restraining order, which prohibits direct and indirect contact with the victim. That means the offender can’t message the victim, can’t post on social media about the victim, can’t show up at the victim’s house, or at their work. That also prohibits the indirect contact with reaching out to the victim’s family or friends to try to get messages to the victim. The victim also has the ability to report the incidents criminally, and the technical legal term is stalking.
Cyberbullying and cyberstalking are included under the criminal stalking law of Florida. If victims want to report this incident to police, the police can then provide this information to the state attorney’s office to review for criminal charges of stalking.
The victim may also have other civil remedies available depending on the nature of the allegations in this specific case.
If you or someone you know has been a victim of cyberbullying or cyberstalking, call for your free consultation at 561-877-0230, or visit www.cagnetmyronlaw.com for additional information.