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:
- repeatedly following someone around
- repeatedly communicating with someone who doesn't want you to communicate with them (phone calls, text messages, social media, etc.)
- repeatedly watching or argumentatively approaching someone's home, workplace, or another place the person spends time
- 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.