In today’s society, individuals who are involved in romantic relationships
share their affection for one another through texts, e-mails, and even
messaging services on social media platforms such as Facebook or Instagram.
In some instances, sharing sweet words can turn into sending one another
private images meant to achieve sexual gratification.
However, when a relationship ends, sometimes scorned exes seek vengeance
against their former partners by sharing his/her intimate photos and/or
videos. In addition, these individuals may hack their ex-partner’s
cell phone or computer to download sexually-illicit materials without
This type of cybercrime is known as “revenge porn,” which means
the distribution or sharing of intimate images of another person online
without his/her consent—with the purpose of upsetting or harassing
the victim. Revenge porn is considered a type of non-consensual pornography.
In May 2015, Governor Rick Scott made revenge porn illegal in Florida.
A first offense is a first-degree misdemeanor, punishable by a jail sentence
of up to one year and a maximum $1,000 fine. A second or subsequent offense
is a third-degree felony, which carries a prison term of up to five years
and a maximum $5,000 fine.
Furthermore, victims can file a civil lawsuit against the offender to either
provide a remedy—specifically $5,000 for damages—and/or to
prevent the crime by obtaining an injunctive relief. If a victim wins
the civil court case, the offender must pay the victim’s court costs
and attorney fees.
If you have been accused of committing revenge porn in Daytona Beach,
Law Offices of Robert Stepniak and schedule a free consultation today.