Criminal Harassment Lawyers Brampton Ontario
We are Lawyers located in Brampton for Criminal Harassment victims and understand the complexity and the misuse of granted freedoms that are inflicted onto others. Interpretation or misuse of Civil Liberties can impact any individual in numerous forms which is often more betraying an painful than physical injury. The degree and severity play an important part on an individuals feeling of safety and emotional well being. There are important laws that protect a persons liberties and we at Chhokar Law stand firm to uphold them. Below is a synopsis of different forms of Criminal Harassment, please give a call so we can further assist in handling your case.
What is stalking and/or criminal harassment? Is it against the law?
Criminal harassment is the legal term for stalking, which is a form of behaviour. It was introduced into Canada’s Criminal Code in April 1993. The purpose of the legislation is to better protect victims of criminal harassment by responding to harassing behaviour with stiffer penalties before more serious harm results. It is defined in section 264 of the Criminal Code as follows:(1) Criminal Harassment: No person shall, without lawful authority and knowing that another person is harassed or recklessly as to whether the other person is harassed, engage in conduct referred to in subsection (2) that causes that other person reasonably, in all the circumstances, to fear for their safety or the safety of anyone known to them.
(2) Prohibited Conduct: The conduct mentioned in subsection (1) consists of:
(a) repeatedly following from place to place the other person or anyone known to them;
(b) repeatedly communicating with, either directly or indirectly, the other person or anyone known to them;
(c) besetting or watching the dwelling-house, or place where the other person, or anyone known to them, resides, works, carries on business or happens to be; or
(d) engaging in threatening conduct directed at the other person or any member of their family. What does stalking/criminal harassment look like?
Stalking/criminal harassment can include a number of different behaviours intended to control and frighten the person being stalked. Most commonly, this can involve:
- repeated telephone calls, letters or emails
- sending unwanted gifts (flowers, candy, etc)
- showing up uninvited at work or home
- stealing mail
- following, watching, tracking
- threatening harm to the person being stalked, her family, friends, pets
- harassing her employer, colleagues or family
- vandalizing her car or home
- harming pets
- assault (physical, sexual, emotional)
- kidnapping, holding hostage