Are You A Victim of Cyber-Stalking or Cyber-Harassment? Take Legal Action under Georgia Law
The internet allows ready access to reach out to people, places and information around the world from the privacy of your own home and on the go from your own cell phone. Use of social media sites and the explosion of publically posted pictures and video’s online make one’s personal life not so private or protected any longer. Cyber-stalking and cyber-harassment reports to authorities have continued to rise across Georgia and the country, with new laws being enacted to deal with the rise of these misdemeanors and felonies.
What is Cyberstalking, Cyberharassment and Cyberbullying?
The National Conference of State Legislatures provides information and specific state codes and laws related to Cyberstalking and Cyberharassment. Cyberstalking specifically deals with stalking through use of the internet, and a pattern of threatening or malicious behaviors. The internet or any electronic device may be used via e-mails, instant messages, telephone calls, website or blog entries where a person and/or their family are threatened with personal or physical harm. Cyberstalking is considered the most dangerous type of internet behavior as it is considered to pose a real threat of harm to a person.
Cyberharassment is similar to Cyberstalking in that the internet is utilized in the same manner, however there is not felt to be a real threat of physical harm to the person. Rather, the messages or website entries focus on harassing and tormenting a person and fabricating stories or photo’s to add to the hurt and emotional duress of the victim.
Cyberbullying is online bullying or harassment of minors, most typically by other minors. Thankfully, laws have been enacted to protect minors. A Georgia cyber bully lawsuit by a middle school student, against two classmates, was reported in the 04/27/12 edition of the Denver Post, highlights the problem and effects of cyberbullying.
What Legal Action Can I Take Against Cyberstalking or Cyberharassment?
Use of the internet and electronic devices to commit stalking, harassment or bullying is gaining widespread attention with the enactment of state laws and statues to help protect the victim of these crimes. Georgia Code O.C.G.A. § 16-5-90 deals specially with stalking, harassment, and intimidation through use of the computer, computer network, and any communication including the telephone, mail, electronic devices, and the internet. Contact the Georgia attorneys at Coleman, Chambers & Rogers for a free consultation to determine the legal action and direction that best protects you and your family.
Georgia Lawyers Take Action for You
If you are the victim of cyber stalking, harassment, or bullying, Georgia stalking codes are in place to begin the legal process for your protection. Whether you need a temporary restraining or protective order, or wish to pursue legal action in the court system, Coleman, Chambers & Rogers, your Gainesville Georgia lawyers are ready to take all necessary steps to halt the stalking, harassment or bullying and prosecute your tormentor for a misdemeanor or felony under Georgia law.