Effective March 27th new cyberbullying laws have been implemented in the state of Michigan. A rise in the use of social media has moved traditional bullying to the world of computers. The new law seeks to deter that behavior.
What is Cyberbullying?
Cyberbullying includes one or more of the following:
- Communicating through social media the intent to threaten violence towards another or make the individual fearful for their well-being or death.
- Publishing a threat on social media that is intended to be viewed by the victim as a threat.
- A pattern of behavior/language on public media that is harassing and intimidating toward another.
Social media sites where the bullying occurs includes Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, and Instagram. Cyberbullying can also take place via text or email.
Cyberbullying is a misdemeanor, punishable by up to 93 days in jail, a $500 fine, or both.
A cyberbullying conviction with a prior cyberbullying conviction can increase the penalty of the misdemeanor to 1 year in jail, a $1,000 fine, or both.
Cyberbullying can also be a felony.
Cyberbullying resulting in serious injury to a person is a felony, punishable by up to 5 years in prison, a $5,000 fine, or both.
Where cyberbullying result in the death of a person, the charge is a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison, a $10,000 fine, or both.
Sam Bernstein is an Ann Arbor lawyer.
ArborYpsi Law is located at 4158 Washtenaw Ave. Ann Arbor, MI 48108.
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Have You Been Charged with Cyberbullying?
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