Cyberbullying occurs anytime someone uses online communications in order
to threaten, influence, harass, or belittle someone else. While calling
someone names on the internet may seem harmless enough, Texas law treats
cyberbullying as a complex and serious crime.
How Cyberbullying Can Be a Criminal & Civil Charge
Cyberbullying is usually placed in the context of school-aged children,
but it can apply to anyone that uses the internet to bully someone else.
Criminal and civil charges can be brought against someone that engages
Some of the criminal charges that can apply in a cyberbullying case are:
- Online impersonation
- Disruptive activities
While some actions can be considered a misdemeanor, depending on the type
of cyberbullying, an individual can be charged with a felony for this
crime. No matter the charge, someone accused of cyberbullying faces jail
time and significant fines for their actions.
Should someone that has been cyberbullied choose to press charges, they
can use defamation for the basis of their suit and obtain restitutions
for the harm they experienced from these online actions.
If you or a loved one have been accused of cyberbullying, talk to a criminal
defense attorney at the Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC. There are some defenses that
can be used in a cyberbullying case, such as proving that the online posts
were protected by the First Amendment right to freedom of speech or that
the bullying was unreasonably perceived. If you need protecting from a
cyberbullying case, fill out our case evaluation form to begin defending