Cyberbullying Can Be a Crime

Cyberbullying Can Be a Crime

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 in cyberbullying.

Some of the criminal charges that can apply in a cyberbullying case are:

  • Harassment
  • 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 your rights.