Illinois Criminal Defense Blog

Monday, September 19, 2016

Is Cyberstalking a Crime in Illinois?

If you’re like most people who have been charged with cyberstalking in Skokie, Rolling Meadows or Chicago, you're wondering what to do next. For most people, it's a good idea to get in touch with a Chicago felony defense lawyer as soon as possible.

 

What is Cyberstalking?

Under Illinois law, cyberstalking occurs when a person uses electronic communication two or more times to engage with or communicate about a person that would cause a reasonable person to fear for their safety or suffer other emotional distress.

Mediums Used for Cyberstalking

This means that using the Internet, email, social media or other methods to make threats of bodily harm, sexual assault or confinement—directly or indirectly—can get you in trouble whether or not you meant what you said. Cyberstalking can also include the surveillance or monitoring of a person by various means, such as adding a tracking device to a cell phone.

Punishments for Cyberstalking in Chicago

You may want to know that cyberstalking in Illinois is considered a Class 4 felony, which is punishable by one to four years for the first offense.

If this is your second cyberstalking conviction, or you performed the act while under the restrictions of a no-contact order or order of protection, it will be treated as a Class 3 felony. You’ll then be facing two to five years in prison.

Do You Need a Cyberstalking Lawyer in Chicago?

Some conduct while utilizing electronic communication may not count as “harmful,” harmful. That’s why, for most people, it’s a good idea to get in touch with a Chicago criminal lawyer who can clear up the gray area for you.

If you’ve been accused of cyberstalking, whether you made a mistake or you’re completely innocent, we may be able to help you. Call us at 847-920-4540 for a free case evaluation right now; the sooner you call, the sooner we’ll begin building the defense that gets you the best possible outcome.


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