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Crossing the line online

Traditionally, when we think about harassment, we generally think of face-to-face interactions. But online communications can also cross the line and constitute harassment.

These days, our society is becoming more and more sensitive to harassment issues. And as more of our communication than ever occurs over the internet and data networks, it is important to understand what constitutes harassment in the digital space.

How is harassment defined?

In Colorado, several actions can be defined as harassment. This includes any communication made through telephone or data network that threatens bodily harm or property damage, or makes any comment, request, suggestion, or that is obscene.

This means that obscene comments and requests sent online, anonymously or not, could constitute harassment. Furthermore, text messages sent out of anger that convey a threat could also be enough to get you arrested for harassment charges.

What are the consequences?

Harassment is a serious criminal charge. Depending on the case, a harassment charge can count as an act of domestic violence. These charges could warrant up to 6 months in jail and/or a maximum fine of $750.

Beyond fines and potential jail time, there are other auxiliary consequences. A charge like this would show up on your record. Furthermore, you may face a civil case on top of a criminal charge.

Avoiding harassment convictions

We must remember that there are real consequences to our actions online. Whether we are texting or using a social media platform, we need to be disciplined in thinking before pressing “send.”

However, if you do find yourself facing harassment charges, you have options for how to deal with the situation. Contact an experienced criminal defense attorney in Colorado to review your case and give you specific legal guidance.

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