What is criminal harassment?
The offence is often referred to as “stalking”. Most commonly, allegations of criminal harassment arise in the context of relationship breakups. Break ups can be emotionally difficult. The difficulty is determining what can constitute criminal harassment, as often behaviour that one might find perfectly normal could constitute an offence.
Depending upon the circumstances, the following behaviour can constitute criminal harassment:
- Communicating with the complainant directly or contacting someone else to relay messages to the complainant.
- Following the complainant.
- Watching the complainant.
- Engaging in “threatening conduct”.
One of the key elements to the offence is that the complainant feared for his or her safety, or the safety of others. You can imagine, of course, what behaviour may constitute the offence is highly fact specific.
Penalties for criminal harassment charges range from fines to probation to jail time. Given the potential ramifications of being charged with criminal harassment, contact me immediately to start working on your file. My goal is to achieve the best possible outcomes for my clients.