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Cyberstalking       RCW 9.61.260

The growing use of the internet has also brought the creation of “internet crime” charges. Cyberstalking charges are brought against defendants accused of using the internet to stalk others.

A person is guilty of cyberstalking if he or she makes an electronic communication to another person or with intent to harass, intimidate, torment, or embarrass any other person. An “electronic communication” means the transmission of information by wire, radio, optical cable, electromagnetic, or other similar means. “Electronic communication” includes, but is not limited to, electronic mail, internet-based communications, pager service, and electronic text messaging.

Cyberstalking can be a gross misdemeanor punishable up to 1 year jail and a $5,000.00 fine or a Class C Felony punishable up to 5 years prison and a $10,000.00 fine

Fortunately, Alexander Ransom is very experienced at reducing or dismissing Cyberstalking charges. Mr. Ransom is very knowledgeable about computer forensics investigations. The State must prove intent, and that the communications were uninvited and were not baited by alleged victims. The State must also prove that the defendant was the actual person who sent the electronic communications.