Cyberstalking is a crime in Mississippi. It is unlawful to communicate electronically a threat of bodily harm to any person or their family member, or a threat to damage their property, or a threat to extort money.
It’s also a crime to electronically communicate repeatedly to another person, for the purpose of threatening, terrifying, or harassing them. This includes false statements concerning death, injury, illness, or an arrest of the person being contacted or their family members. So a person would be committing cyberstalking if they emailed somebody to say that person (being emailed) is being charged with a crime, or a family member has been killed in an accident, when they know it’s not true and they’re doing it to harass.
It’s even a crime to knowingly permit an electronic communication device under your control to be used for any of the above purposes.
Cyberstalking is a serious crime in Mississippi. It is a felony punishable up to two years and a fine up to $5,000. For people who have been convicted of this crime before, or are under a restraining order, or are on probation, parole, or out on bond on another charge, it’s punishable up to 5 years and a $10,000 fine.
They take cyberstalking cases very seriously in Mississippi. If you’ve been charged with this offense in Desoto County or the surrounding area, contact Southaven MS cyberstalking lawyer Patrick Stegall.