In the digital era, an increasing number of people are being charged with offenses involving the internet, including cyberstalking. The penalties that come with these cases can often be significant. Aside from financial penalties and even time behind bars, there are other repercussions that sometimes arise due to cyberstalking charges, such as restraining orders.
If you are facing allegations of cyberstalking or the possibility of a restraining order, it is important to understand your options and prepare for all potential repercussions.
The duration of a restraining order
According to the California Legislature Information’s website, there are a wide variety of factors that courts go over when making decisions related to restraining orders that result from cyberstalking cases. Courts may issue restraining orders based on the perceived threats to a victim and their immediate relatives, including children, housemates and parents; the severity of the accusations; and the likelihood of additional offenses occurring in the future.
Other issues related to cyberstalking and restraining orders
In some cases, restraining orders issued as a result of cyberstalking can be valid for as many as 10 years. Additionally, restraining orders are issued regardless of whether the defendants are sentenced to prison. They prohibit defendants from having any contact with victims whatsoever.
Regrettably, some people face false allegations of wrongdoing. This is especially troubling when parents are unable to see their children despite not doing anything wrong or posing any threat. In these types of cases, hiring a skilled criminal defense attorney can help defendants understand all of their options.