People hear the words “criminal harassment” and think it is just someone being a nuisance. However, if you are accused of this, a criminal charge of criminal harassment can cause much more trouble than you may think. Did you know it can lead to you being placed on probation, create a permanent criminal record and even lead to 10 years of jail time?
If you or a loved one is facing criminal harassment charges, it is very important that you seek the help of an experienced defence lawyer to defend your rights and your freedom. You should take action quickly. This type of accusation can also affect your reputation and standing in the community, which can have many negative downstream effects.
Many of my clients charged with criminal harassment wonder why they were charged and if they can be convicted of the offence.
Stalking is a fairly subjective offence that can stem from someone misinterpreting any kind of contact. This may include emails, letters, phone calls, voice mail and text messages. Continuous communication, physically following someone and other forms of contact that may torment, trouble, worry or plague someone may also constitute harassment.
Criminal harassment charges may involve many imprecise factors. Intent and other subjective factors play important roles for the defence in these cases. For instance, a Crown prosecutor will have to prove beyond reasonable doubt that the alleged victim had a reasonable fear for his or her safety.
In these circumstances, my experience with examining and cross-examining witnesses can help improve chances of a better result in your case. I can highlight the discrepancies and work hard to show your side of the story.
A conviction for harassment may lead to fines and emergency protection orders/restraining orders such as no-contact orders, especially when the case involves family relations. I can help you present a strong defence that seeks to avoid any legal obstructions to your relationship with your loved one(s) and any negative impact these criminal sanctions can have on your reputation.
If you or a family member has been arrested or charged with criminal harassment, contact my office in Calgary right away at 403-800-7071 or toll free at 800-678-6941 to speak with a criminal harassment defence lawyer serving Calgary and other jurisdictions throughout Alberta. I am here to help you before the situation escalates and to ensure you are treated fairly in the criminal justice system.