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Accused Of Cyberbullying?

Bullying is a problem for many people. It often happens in schools and neighborhoods, but it has become a large issue in the last couple of decades for online users. People who use social media, email and phones can experience different forms of harassment, intimidation and threats of physical harm. Digital harassment can harm adults and children alike. Many states, including California, have laws about online bullying and digital harassment.

At Bird & Van Dyke, Inc. - A Professional Law Corporation, our Stockton criminal defense lawyers want to hear your side of the story if you are accused of cyberbullying. Our skilled criminal defense attorneys are highly trained and ready to defend clients from cyberbullying accusations. It is important to know what legal options you have at your disposal as you fight to defend your reputation and freedom.

How Does Cyberbullying Happen?

Cyberbullying is a form of harassment or mistreatment of others online, typically, on social media (including Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat). Here are a few potential examples of cyberbullying:

  • Uploading inappropriate photos of people
  • Uploading rumors
  • Harassing someone through texts and calls
  • Using threatening language on posts
  • Using someone else’s identity
  • Digitally stalking someone
  • Creating fake social media profiles

Adults are not the only ones who may cyberbully others. Many children do not understand the consequences of their actions when they use the internet.

What Are The Penalties Of Cyberbullying?

Violating California cyberbullying laws can lead to a year of jail time and $1,000 in fines under a misdemeanor conviction. A cyberstalking conviction is a felony with five years in jail and fines. Minors under 17 years of age who are convicted of cyberbullying may undergo mandated therapy, education programs and time in a juvenile detention facility.

Why You Need Our Help

One of our criminal defense lawyers at Bird & Van Dyke, Inc. - A Professional Law Corporation can be by your side to discuss the details of a cyberbullying acquisition and represent you. We are highly trained in many criminal law matters and are here to help protect you from severe penalties.

To schedule an appointment with an attorney, you can reach out to Bird & Van Dyke, Inc. - A Professional Law Corporation by calling 209-390-8877 or emailing us today.