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Florida’s Laws on Using Electronic Communication to Threaten Bodily Injury or Death

Florida’s Laws on Using Electronic Communication to Threaten Bodily Injury or Death

In Florida it is unlawful for a person to write another person through an electronic communication, like an e-mail, text message or Facebook post, a threat to kill or do bodily harm to them or their family.  Under Florida General Statute 836.10 titled “Written threats to kill or to do bodily injury” the law simply states: “Any person who writes or composes and also sends or procures the sending of any letter, inscribed communication, or electronic communication, whether such letter or communication be signed or anonymous, to any person, containing a threat to kill or to do bodily injury to the person to whom such letter or communication is sent, or a threat to kill or do bodily injury to any member of the family of the person to whom… […]

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How are Drug Traffickers Using the Internet and Getting Away with it?

How are Drug Traffickers Using the Internet and Getting Away with it?

Drug-related crime covers a significant percentage of all crime committed in South Florida. Many officials believe that the huge drug problem in our area is due to the close proximity to international ports. International ports make it much easier for drug traffickers to transport large amounts of drugs to South Florida for distribution elsewhere. However, criminals are becoming more creative with their distribution methods – including using the Internet. Drug Distribution According to an article in WPTV News, a new form of drug distribution is catching the attention of law enforcement. Two U.S. senators are asking federal authorities to crack down on a secretive narcotics market operated on the Internet with anonymous sales and untraceable currency. Heroin, cocaine and methamphetamines are among the drugs being sold in the well-protected website… […]

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Palm Beach County Computer Crimes

Palm Beach County Computer Crimes

Computer crimes, cyber crimes or Internet crimes – are a growing problem in Palm Beach County. As more people use the Internet, more people are being charged with these crimes. Some activities have recently been criminalized. Here are the two major categories of computer crimes you should be aware of: Crimes that target computer networks directly. (These are considered by some to be victimless crimes.) Malware – This stands for malicious software. It is software designed to infiltrate a computer system without an owner’s consent. Computer Viruses – A computer program that can copy itself and infect a computer. DoS Attacks (Denial of Service) – An attempt to make a computer resource unavailable for its intended use. Crimes that are facilitated by computers but the targets are individuals. (These crimes… […]

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