As internet technology has rapidly developed and become an integral part of our daily lives, many states and legislatures have been forced to adapt or create laws governing electronic communications. Most importantly, cyber harassment has become the focus of many new state and local regulations. In Wisconsin, cyber harassment is defined as sending any form of electronic communication with the intent to frighten, intimidate, threaten, abuse, or harass another person.
Being convicted of cyber harassment can have serious criminal consequences, and the damage it can do to your reputation is considerable. If you or someone you know have been accused of committing cyber harassment, it is important that you have a qualified legal professional represent you to protect your rights and interests. Contact the Milwaukee criminal defense lawyers of Hart Powell, S.C., at (414) 271-9595 today.
Forms of Cyber Harassment
Anyone who knowingly transmits threatening or harassing communications through the internet may be subject to prosecution for cyber harassment. The following are some of the most common forms of this crime:
- Sending messages threatening physical harm
- Sending messages threatening to damage property
- Sending messages uses lewd language or suggesting lewd or obscene acts
- Sending threatening messages while intentionally concealing one’s identity
All of these acts are punishable as Class B misdemeanors, with penalties including possible jail time and fines or community service.
If you have been accused of cyber harassment, you need an experienced legal defense on your side. Contact the Milwaukee criminal defense attorneys of Hart Powell, S.C., at (414) 271-9595 to discuss your case with a knowledgeable member of our legal team.