How Social Media Threats Can Result in Criminal Charges

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Aug 06, 2022 | 0 Comments

The Dangers of Social Media

Parents must be mindful of their children's conduct on social media, as misconduct online can result in several consequences. School-related violence continues to be a daily threat across the country, and posts online among students can result in school and police involvement. People have used social media to disseminate a violent message or threaten future actions that they intend to take. If you or your child are facing an investigation related to a social media post, then it is important to understand that both criminal and school actions can result. Make sure you speak to an experienced attorney as soon as possible.

Criminal Charges Related to Social Media Activity

One common criminal charge related to social media activity in Pennsylvania is that of terroristic threats. Under Title 18 § 2706 of the Pennsylvania code, an individual can be criminally prosecuted for making terroristic threats if they directly or indirectly communicate a threat of violence with the intent to terrorize another, cause a building to be evacuated, or otherwise cause a serious public inconvenience or terror. Alleged conduct under this law can result in either a misdemeanor or a felony of the third degree under Pennsylvania law. A misdemeanor can result in up to one year in jail, while a third-degree felony can result in between 3.5 years and 7 years in state prison. The fine for a third-degree felony can be up to $15,000. Other criminal charges can also result from someone's social media conduct, whether public posts or direct messages.

Other Consequences for Social Media Conduct

As outlined above, there are severe potential criminal charges for threatening or harmful conduct online. Threatening or other harmful social media conduct can also result in school misconduct charges which can result in a suspension or expulsion from school. Students have limited rights and due process in school misconduct actions, so it is important to have an experienced student advocate on your side to best defend you. If you or your child is the target of a school investigation for alleged social media conduct, then make the call to us today at the Lento Law Firm so we can help!

Contact the Lento Law Firm Today

If you have questions about a criminal charge related to a social media threat, then it is important that you speak to an experienced criminal defense attorney. It is important to understand how social media activity can result in criminal prosecution. The attorneys at the Lento Law Firm have the experience that you need to help put you in the best position in your criminal case. To learn why attorney Joseph D. Lento and the Lento Law Firm are the right choice, call us at 888-535-3686 or contact us online.

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Joseph D. Lento

"I pride myself on having heart and driving hard to get results!" Attorney Joseph D. Lento passionately fights for the futures of his clients in criminal courtrooms in Philadelphia and across Pennsylvania as well as in New Jersey and nationwide. He does not settle for the easiest outcome, and instead prioritizes his clients' needs and well-being. With unparalleled experience occupying several roles in the criminal justice system outside of being an attorney, Joseph D. Lento can give you valuable behind-the-scenes insight as to what is happening during all phases of the legal process. Joseph D. Lento is licensed in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York, and is admitted pro hac vice as needed nationwide. In the courtroom and in life, attorney Joseph D. Lento stands up when the bell rings!


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