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When can the police charge you with cyberbullying?

On Behalf of | Jun 7, 2024 | Criminal Defense |

Cyberbullying involves using digital platforms to harass, threaten, or harm others. This includes social media, text messages, emails, and online forums. Cyberbullying can cause severe emotional and psychological damage to victims. Law enforcement has the power to take action against offenders.

Recognizing cyberbullying

Police can charge individuals with cyberbullying when the behavior meets certain criteria. Common examples include:

  •  Sending threatening or intimidating messages
  • Spreading rumors or false information online
  • Creating fake profiles to harass someone
  • Sharing private or sensitive information without consent
  • Impersonating someone to damage their reputation
  • Repeatedly sending unwanted messages or emails


The intent to harm or intimidate the victim must be evident in these actions. Authorities take these cases seriously due to the significant impact on the victim’s well-being.

Legal thresholds and evidence

In Oklahoma, cyberbullying laws fall under the broader umbrella of harassment and stalking statutes. The state legislature is currently working on stronger, more specific anti-cyberbullying legislation. A bill has recently passed the state senate that would enact harsher penalties for cyberbullying. These penalties include jail time and fines. 


For police to charge someone with cyberbullying in Oklahoma, sufficient evidence must exist. This evidence includes screenshots of messages, emails, or posts that show a pattern of abusive behavior. People experiencing cyberbullying should keep records of all interactions with the bully. This documentation is crucial for building a strong case. The presence of credible witnesses can also support their claims.

The role of prevention and education

Preventing cyberbullying involves educating individuals about respectful online behavior and the consequences of harassment. Schools, parents, and communities play a crucial role in fostering a safe online environment. Raising awareness about the impact and consequences of cyberbullying is essential for effective prevention.