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battery charge, hate crime, DuPage County cybercrimes attorney, cyberstalking, cyberstalking chargesAssault and battery are commonly misconstrued and incorrectly linked together as the same. A battery charge is a physical act of harming another individual. Assault is a verbal or other communication that leads a reasonable person to believe that battery may occur. Both of these charges have been in existence for years, however. With the emergence of the Internet and the advancements of social media, threatening behavior has a new outlet. This year, new laws make cyberstalking more than just annoying, it may be deemed and punished as a hate crime under the right circumstances. 

Cyberstalking as a Hate Crime

The definition of cyberstalking is threatening behavior or unwanted advancements directed at someone else by using the Internet or other forms of online communications. It is deliberate, persistent, and personal.

In general, if the behavior becomes threatening enough to another person, cyberstalking charges may ensue which are punishable as a class 4 felony. The charges escalate to a hate crime if any of the following actual or perceived factors come into play: 

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DuPage County criminal defense lawyersTechnology changes and evolves so quickly that law enforcement often struggles to keep up. However, most states do have at least some laws in place to protect potential cybercrime victims. Furthermore, the United States government regularly question, arrest, detain, and even convict individuals who are suspected of cybercrimes. Now, with the announcement from Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein, there may be even more cybercrime arrests.

The Crackdown on Cybercrime

In an August 29, 2017, press release, the Department of Justice announced that it had strengthened its ability to press charges against individuals suspected of cybercrimes. A full cybercrimes lab and over 45 different attorneys will be working to bring them down. What sorts of crimes will they be investigating, and what might it mean for you or a loved one if you become suspect in a cybercrimes case? The following explains further.

What Are Cybercrimes?

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