I’ve been charged with Criminal Harassment. What do I need to know?

You commit the crime of Harassment if you act in a way that causes another person to be scared for their own safety or for the safety of others. There are four ways you can commit the crime of harassment:

  1. repeatedly following someone around
  2. repeatedly communicating with someone who doesn’t want you to communicate with them (phone calls, text messages, social media, etc.)
  3. repeatedly watching or argumentatively approaching someone’s home, workplace, or another place the person spends time
  4. threatening a person or a member of their family

The maximum for Harassment is:

  • 2 years in jail if the Crown proceeds
  • 10 years in prison if the Crown proceeds by

If you were already on a or another , then the judge will consider that in deciding your sentence. In that situation, the judge may give you a harsher sentence.

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