Massachusetts Cyber Harassment
Bristol County, MA Cyber Harassment Lawyer
Defending the Accused in Taunton, Attleboro, Wrentham & Norfolk County
In today's world, what you say online can have real-life consequences. Cyber harassment, also known as cyberbullying, is a growing problem that can lead to criminal charges in Bristol County and throughout Massachusetts. If you are facing charges for online harassment, it's important to understand your rights and seek legal advice from an experienced cyber harassment lawyer.
Cyber harassment is a serious crime in Massachusetts and can have far-reaching consequences for those who are convicted. At The Law Office of Brett V. Beaubien, we understand how devastating it can be to face these types of charges, which is why we work hard to protect our clients' rights throughout the legal process.
Brett V. Beaubien understands the various statutes surrounding cyber harassment, including criminal stalking, criminal harassment, and bullying in schools. We will use our experience and knowledge of the law to help protect your rights during criminal proceedings while also providing compassionate and personalized guidance throughout the process.
Massachusetts Harassment and Stalking Laws
Cyber harassment is punishable under Massachusetts' criminal harassment and criminal stalking laws. Criminal harassment is the act of intentionally annoying or alarming another person through a pattern of conduct, including electronic communications. It can include making threats, following someone, sending unwanted emails or texts, and other forms of communication that can be considered harassing in nature. The punishment for criminal harassment can include a fine of up to $1000 and 2-6 months in jail. Subsequent offenses can carry sentences of up to 10 years.
Criminal stalking involves engaging in a course of conduct that places another person in fear for their safety. This can include repeatedly following them, making repeated phone calls or messages, spying on someone even after being asked to stop, and other activities that could be considered stalking behavior. Those convicted of criminal stalking can face up to $1000 in fines and 2-6 months in jail or up to 5 years in prison. If the offense occurs when a restraining order is in place, penalties will increase accordingly, and subsequent offenses can carry a sentence of up to 10 years.
Massachusetts has also instituted a school bullying prevention and intervention statute. This law aims to prevent and intervene when bullying – including cyber bullying – occurs in a school setting. It requires schools to adopt policies related to bullying prevention and intervention, investigate incidents of bullying, and report suspected cases of criminal harassment or stalking. Violators can face serious legal repercussions, including suspension or expulsion from their school, as well as referral to authorities for criminal charges.
Call Us Today for Help with Cyber Harassment Charges
If you or your child have been accused of cyber harassment, you need an experienced and knowledgeable criminal defense attorney on your side. Brett V. Beaubien is highly experienced in defending those accused of cyber harassment and can provide you with strong legal representation to protect your rights.
The Law Office of Brett V. Beaubien understands the various statutes surrounding cyber harassment and provides experienced defense for those facing these types of accusations. We work hard to protect our clients' rights throughout the legal process while building an effective defense strategy on their behalf with an aim towards achieving a successful result in court.
If you have been accused of cyber harassment, it's important that you seek legal advice from an experienced criminal defense lawyer who can help protect your rights under state laws. Contact The Law Office of Brett V. Beaubien online or call them at (401) 427-4280 to schedule a consultation today.