By: G. Sal Gani of the GANI LAW FIRM
Has someone victimized you with a keyboard? Have you told someone to stop emailing or texting you because their communications have become threatening? Do you fear for your safety because of what another person has posted about you or your family? Are you a victim of cyberbullying? You do not have to remain a victim. If you ever feel you are in danger of immediate harm call 911. People suffer 24/7 in many ways including but not limited to having to quit their job, quit school, avoid friends and family and suffer from non-stop emotional distress because they feel there is nothing that can be done.
People may become guilty of a crime, or become civilly responsible for monetary damages, simply be hitting the “send” button on an unwelcomed, threatening or intimidating text or other electronic communication. It can be considered a crime to send two or more separate electronic communications that constitutes harassment, stalking or unconsented contact. Depending on the nature of the contacts, the penalty can range from a misdemeanor to a felony and subject a defendant to substantial monetary fines and damages. Take a look at MCL 750.411(h) if you wish to read the statute.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
If someone is bothering you by repeated electronic messaging, statements, electronic photographs, or any other offensive attempts to communicate with you there is something you can do to start to help yourself. Send that person a communication telling them you don’t want to receive any communication in any form from them, or from anyone acting on their behalf. Tell them you want no communication and you feel threatened, intimidated or frightened by their past communication(s).
Be sure to keep a hard copy and electronic copy of all communication, as well as a copy of your demand they stop communicating. If communication attempts continue, I suggest you file a complaint with local law enforcement or seek legal advice. Document all aspects of any damages you suffer including emotional distress, loss of sleep, interference with work and all other injury you sustain. Remember the 5 p’s: Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance.
CAN I MAKE IT STOP?
Yes. If you are a victim as defined by statute, and another person has improperly threatened, intimidated, harassed, or wrongfully communicated with you, you should take whatever reasonable legal action permitted by law. You might also consider obtaining a Temporary Restraining Order for immediate relief. There are ways to discover who might be doing this to you if you don’t already know. There are laws in place to help. At Gani Law, we have successfully sued people to make them stop. You are not alone. If you have any questions please contact attorney G. Sal Gani at (517) 372-8944 or visit our new web site at Gani Law .com. We are located in the Lansing area and handle matters throughout the State of Michigan.
Freedom of speech does not give another person the right to violate your rights. You are entitled to be free from being a victim..
The law provides you a means to take back control. The old saying “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never harm me” is no long the standard by which we determine if a person is a victim. It is helpful to have a knowledgeable attorney guiding you through your trouble. Every case is different and you deserve to be given an honest opinion as to how an attorney can help you. We keep your matters confidential.
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