Last December, Gov. Rick Snyder signed the Michigan Cyberbullying Law that made it a misdemeanor crime to be cyberbullying in Michigan. The Michigan Cyberbullying Law that made cyberbullying in Michigan a crime was created by Rep. Pete Lucido. He is a Republican from Shelby Township. The bill was Public Act 457 of 2018. It became law in March of 2019.

The law makes cyberbullying a crime that can be punished by up to 93 days in jail. There is a fine of up to $500.00 as well. There are also felony aspects of this crime. If there is a “pattern of repeated harassment,” a person can be charged with a felony. The felony charge carries with it a fine of up to $5,000.00 and up to five years in prison. If cyberbullying is the cause of a person’s death. A person can be punished by up to ten years in prison and a fine of $10,000.00.

So what is the definition of cyberbullying? The definition if “posting a message or statement in a public media forum about any other person and the message or statement is intended to place a person in fear of bodily harm or death and expresses an intent to commit violence against the person.

The definition of a pattern of harassing or intimidating behavior is “a serious of two or more separate noncontinuous acts of harassing or intimidating behavior.” A public media forum is “the internet or any other medium designed or intended to be used to convey information to other individuals, regardless of whether a membership or password is required to view the information.

In 2015, a 13-year-old Michigan girl committed suicide because she was bullied by fellow classmates on social media.

Do not cyberbully anyone, but if you are charged with this crime, call Shawn now at 616-438-6719! The call is free! Will you be?

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