Cyberstalking Statute in Rhode Island | Computer Crime

Rhode Island:

Criminal Offenses

CHAPTER 11-52
Computer Crime

SECTION 11-52-4.2

§ 11-52-4.2  Cyberstalking and cyberharassment prohibited. – (a) Whoever transmits any communication by computer or other electronic device to any person or causes any person to be contacted for the sole purpose of harassing that person or his or her family is guilty of a misdemeanor, and shall be punished by a fine of not more than five hundred dollars ($500), by imprisonment for not more than one year, or both. For the purpose of this section, “harassing” means any knowing and willful course of conduct directed at a specific person which seriously alarms, annoys, or bothers the person, and which serves no legitimate purpose. The course of conduct must be of a kind that would cause a reasonable person to suffer substantial emotional distress, or be in fear of bodily injury. “Course of conduct” means a pattern of conduct composed of a series of acts over a period of time, evidencing a continuity of purpose. Constitutionally protected activity is not included within the meaning of “course of conduct.”

(b) A second or subsequent conviction under subsection (a) of this section shall be deemed a felony punishable by imprisonment for not more than two (2) years, by a fine of not more than six thousand dollars ($6,000), or both.

Is there a related civil cause of Action? Please check out: § 9-1-28.1  Right to privacy – Action for deprivation of right:

TITLE 9
Courts and Civil Procedure/Procedure Generally

CHAPTER 9-1
Causes of Action

SECTION 9-1-28.1

§ 9-1-28.1  Right to privacy – Action for deprivation of right. – (a) Right to privacy created. It is the policy of this state that every person in this state shall have a right to privacy which shall be defined to include any of the following rights individually:

(1) The right to be secure from unreasonable intrusion upon one’s physical solitude or seclusion;

(i) In order to recover for violation of this right, it must be established that:

(A) It was an invasion of something that is entitled to be private or would be expected to be private;

(B) The invasion was or is offensive or objectionable to a reasonable man; although,

(ii) The person who discloses the information need not benefit from the disclosure.

(2) The right to be secure from an appropriation of one’s name or likeness;

(i) In order to recover for violation of this right, it must be established that:

(A) The act was done without permission of the claimant;

(B) The act is of a benefit to someone other than the claimant;

(ii) It need not be established that there was any publication.

(3) The right to be secure from unreasonable publicity given to one’s private life;

(i) In order to recover for violation of this right, it must be established that:

(A) There has been some publication of a private fact;

(B) The fact which has been made public must be one which would be offensive or objectionable to a reasonable man of ordinary sensibilities;

(ii) The fact which has been disclosed need not be of any benefit to the discloser of the fact.

(4) The right to be secure from publicity that reasonably places another in a false light before the public;

(i) In order to recover for violation of this right, it must be established that:

(A) There has been some publication of a false or fictitious fact which implies an association which does not exist;

(B) The association which has been published or implied would be objectionable to the ordinary reasonable man under the circumstances;

(ii) The fact which was disclosed need not be of any benefit to the discloser.

(b) Right of action. Every person who subjects or causes to be subjected any citizen of this state or other person within the jurisdiction thereof to a deprivation and/or violation of his or her right to privacy shall be liable to the party injured in an action at law, suit in equity, or any other appropriate proceedings for redress in either the superior court or district court of this state. The court having jurisdiction of an action brought pursuant to this section may award reasonable attorneys’ fees and court costs to the prevailing party.

(c) Right of access. Nothing in this section shall be construed to limit or abridge any existing right of access at law or in equity of any party to the records kept by any agency of state or municipal government

Does Massachusetts Have a Criminal Statute similar to Rhode Island? Please check: http://www.malegislature.gov/Laws/GeneralLaws/PartIII/TitleI/Chapter265/Section43a

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Rhode Island Criminal Law- Child Related Offenses and Laws

Rhode Island CHAPTER 11-9- Criminal law

Children

Index Of Sections

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Rhode Island Criminal Laws | Criminal Procedure

TITLE 12

Rhode Island Criminal Procedure

Index Of Chapters

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Rhode Island Divorce & Child Custody Mediation

Rhode Island Divorce Lawyer David Slepkow 401-437-1100 offers Divorce and Family Law Mediation. Mediation is the process in which parties attempt to settle and resolve disputes, divide property, and determine child custody issues using a Rhode Island Mediator. The purpose of the mediation process is an attempt to curtail a long, contentious and expensive court battle in Rhode Island Family Court. David Slepkow offers daytime and evening mediation sessions as well as some limited Sunday Appointments. Free initial consultations. No fees or costs until the mediation sessions start!

A mediator is a neutral third party who seeks to facilitate a settlement or compromise rather than decide the case. Rhode Island Family Court Judges decide Cases. Rhode Island Divorce Lawyers advocate for their clients best interest and seek to get their client the best disposition possible. Mediators are neutral and attempt to facilitate an agreement between the parties. A mediator is similar to a referee. A mediator seeks to facilitate creative solutions to problems, disputes and feuds. Mediation occurs in a Lawyers conference room not a courtroom and should be less stressful than divorce or Family Law litigation.

Rhode Island Divorce Lawyer, David Slepkow, has extensive experience aggressively representing clients in Divorce, Child Custody, RI Family Law, Child Support, Child Visitation, adoption, Paternity, dcyf, relocation, uncontested divorce, multi state family law matters, child support contempt, post divorce and alimony cases. David has been practicing law in Rhode Island Since 1997. If you seek a Rhode Island Divorce or Family Lawyer then contact Rhode Island Divorce Attorney David Slepkow in his capacity as an aggressive Divorce and Family Law Lawyer. When you contact David Slepkow please tell him at the outset of the call whether you seek mediation services or are seeking a lawyer to represent you.

David Slepkow has written many Rhode Island Divorce Law, RI Child Support, Family Law, Restraining Order and RI Child Custody Law Articles. Mediation should be less expensive than a litigated RI divorce. Mediation allows you to resolve your Divorce, Child Custody Dispute or Family Law Case on your schedule not the Courts schedule. Mediation is usually a lot less time consuming then a Rhode Island contested divorce. Mediation allows you to Come to a mutually agreed upon result rather than having a disposition forced upon you.

Mediation sessions could also occur in the middle of a RI Contested Divorce in which both parties have Rhode Island Divorce or Family Court Case or Family Lawyers representing them. The parties can meet with the mediator in the middle of the divorce and seek to obtain a compromise that the Lawyers / Attorneys were unable to achieve. In some divorce cases, it becomes increasingly obvious that it is the attorneys who are battling more than the clients and it is the attorneys who appear to need a “divorce”.Rhode Island Family Law Lawyer, David Slepkow, has been through the battles in Rhode Island Family Court. He has litigated divorce cases through a full trial on the merits. He has litigated countless hearings in Rhode Island Family Court. He has seen how the Rhode Island divorce process can be destructive to the children and the parties.

Rhode Island Divorce Lawyer David Slepkow has experienced the endless posturing between the parties and attorneys in Family Court. He has seen the bickering and the often petty disputes that occur in Providence, Kent, Washington and Newport Family Court. He has seen the often endless waiting for a court hearing or trial that may never happen. He has been a part of cases that go on and on with endless court dates, and nonstop continuances.

The Rhode Island Divorce process can be a long, drawn out battle involving a massive amount of legal fees, countless court appearances and incredible amounts of stress. Mediation allows the parties to skip the expensive and often stressful process of competing attorneys posturing to get leverage. Mediation is a way to avoid endless court appearances, endless continuances and waiting in Court. The Sad reality is that often the parties could have come up with the same resolution of their disputes at the beginning of the case through the mediation process without the huge combined legal bill, without the missed days of work and without the stress.

The Mediation Process can help parents learn how to co-parent and come up with a visitation schedule or custody plan on their own terms.Many parties should at least try mediation as a way to attempt to settle their divorce on their own terms. Mediation allows parties to be invested in resolving their disputes rather than allowing the judge to make the decision. Divorce is usually not a “win- loss” process. Rhode Island is an equitable division of assets state. Therefore, no one usually completely “wins” in a Rhode Island divorce. A mediator can help the parties come to an equitable division of the Real Estate, Pensions, 401k, boats, cars, businesses, property, cd’s, marital debts.

- Stop the Madness,

- End the “divorce war”,

- Curtail out of control legal fees,

- Obtain a divorce with a sense of dignity

- Protect your Children from the adverse consequences of a contested divorce,

- Become invested in the process,

- At least attempt an amicable settlement before the Divorce battle begins.

If the parties are not willing to make at least some concessions to their positions / claims then mediation will probably not work

Rhode Island Lawyer David Slepkow helps parties mediate the following types of issues: Divorce, Family Law, Real Estate issues, Separation, Same Sex Couples, boyfriend and girlfriend property disputes, Child Support, Child Custody, Child Visitation, Alimony, Property Settlement, Relocation out of state, Family Court Issues, Post Divorce Property Disputes & Post Divorce disputes.

The first consultation between Rhode Island Attorney David Slepkow and the parties is free. At the first consult, the parties will explain the issues involved and learn about the mediation process as well as find out the retainer that is required.

Rhode Island Attorney, David Slepkow, bills on an hourly basis with an initial retainer. David Slepkow will return any funds for hours that are not utilized by the parties. There will be no pressure or sales tactics to begin the process. The parties will not be billed until the mediation sessions actually start.

If the mediation is successful then Rhode Island Mediator David Slepkow will draft a Memorandum of Understanding or a Parenting plan.

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david slepkowAbout the Author:

David Slepkow  401-437-1100 is a Rhode Island Divorce Attorney concentrating in Divorce, Family law, Child Custody, Child Support, Personal Injury, Auto accidents and Criminal law. He is a partner at Slepkow Slepkow & Associates, Inc in East Providence RI. He is a member of the Rhode Island Bar, Massachusetts Bar and the Federal Bar for the First Circuit, District of Rhode Island.

David Slepkow has been practicing since 1997. Free Initial consultations.

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