Louisville, KY asked in Criminal Law and Sexual Harassment for Kentucky

Q: Can you get in legal trouble for messaging someone on facebook?

Hello. I met a woman at a coffee shop, and found her on facebook. I remembered her name. I asked, very politely, if she would be willing to talk more. I also found her e-mail from facebook, and sent her an e-mail as a lot of people don't check their facebook messages. I intentionally worded it very politely, and the content contained nothing remotely sexual or threatening. She blocked me on facebook, so I sent another e-mail apologizing and I also let her know that I was not going to contact her again. I also saw her on a dating profile, and sent a very brief message just asking where she was from, pretending I hadn't already contacted her. Again, nothing weird.

She sent me an email telling me that she was going to be reporting me to the police. I have not responded. Is there a chance I could actually get in legal trouble over this? What should I do to prepare? Thanks.

1 Lawyer Answer
Brendan Joseph McLeod
Brendan Joseph McLeod
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Prospect, KY
  • Licensed in Kentucky

A: Of course. If I write "I am going to kill you," or "I am going to kill John Doe," this equates to terroristic threatening. Terroristic threatening can be delivered by anyone not the utterer. Another words someone else can read it and relay the message. It does not dilute the TT charge. If you have a NO CONTACT with someone and write them on Facebook it is certainly a criminal offense and most likely contemptuous and also a Violation of an Emergency Protection Order, A Class A misdemeanor.

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