can a family member file charges against another family member for cyber stalking or harassment?

A family feud that happened a few years ago, split the family up. My brother sends emails to my sister at her company email address because he is trying to get her fired from her job. Just nonsense emails, like weight loss or just saying hello, nothing threatening. The reason behind it is that he is trying to get her in trouble for receiving outside emails. She is an emotional mess over this. This has been going on for 2 years now. It stops for a few months and then starts up again. Can she file charges against him to get him to stop. She is already in therapy and is close to having a break down. I know she can’t afford a lawyer and I am trying to help as best as I can.

Asked on February 16, 2016 under Criminal Law, Pennsylvania

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Yes, she can: there is no protection for a family member if he commits a crime (e.g. harassment; stalking) against another family member, and no legal bar against filing charges against a family member. In addition to filing charges, if she should suffer an economic loss (e.g. loses her job), she could also sue him for her losses (e.g for loss of income or lost wages).


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