In order to be convicted of criminal harassment, the Crown Prosecutor will need to prove:
- The complainant felt harassed
- You knew your conduct would make the complainant feel harassed
- Your conduct caused the complainant fear for their safety and that their fear was reasonable in the circumstances
Some forms of prohibited conduct include:
- Following/stalking the complainant
- Repeatedly communicating with the complainant
- Watching them where they work or live
- Engaging in threatening behaviour directed at the complainant or members of their family
Related Criminal Harassment Charges
Criminal harassment is considered to be a serious offence when combined with other commonly related charges:
- Uttering threats
- Domestic assault
- Mischief (damaging or destroying property with no intent to steal it)
Punishment for Criminal Harassment
- Imprisonment of up to 10 years for indictable matters
- Imprisonment up to two years less a day and/or a $5,000 fine for summary conviction matters
A summary conviction, or a summary offence, is resolved without a jury or an indictment. It’s considered a “less serious” offence and is punished according to a different set of rules and lower sentencing guidelines.
I’ve Been Charged with Criminal Harassment. What Should I do?
DDSG Criminal Law has a number of expert lawyers with years of experience in this area of the law. Contact us today to learn more. Contact us right away if you have been charged with criminal harassment.