What is criminal harassment?
The criminal harassment is any kind of behavior that is unwanted and is intended to annoy, disturb, alarm, torment, upset or terrorize an individual or group.
States have specific laws governing different types of harassment including, but not limited to, stalking, hate crimes, cyber stalking and cyber bullying. In most jurisdictions, for criminal harassment to occur the behavior must present a credible threat to the victim’s safety or their family’s safety.
Each state has statutes covering specific harassment offenses that are often charged as misdemeanors and can result in fines, jail time, probation, and community service.
Criminal harassment charges can often become inherently fraught with grey areas, questions of intent, misunderstanding and pitting an alleged victim’s interpretation of words and actions against a defendant’s claimed intent.
In some instances, acts are committed with the express, admitted intent to intimidate another individual. In other instances, words and deeds are misinterpreted as having an intent to threaten or menace another person.
In either instance, there’s a weighty burden that the Crown must meet in order to attain a criminal harassment conviction:
- That the accused was indeed involved with the alleged activity
- That the accused either knew how conduct would be perceived and proceeded based on that assumption, or recklessly proceeded with the alleged conduct without regard for the alleged victim’s perception
- That the accused’s conduct made the complainant fear for his/her safety and the safety of those connected with him/her
- That the circumstances made that fear reasonable
Many harassment cases are classified as summary offense charges. Being charged with harassment may not draw jail time but they are still troublesome because they will give you a record. If you are charged with harassment, you are facing emotion-filled allegations that may cost you jail time or a record. An experienced criminal defense attorney can help you fully understand the charges against you and give you a strong defense.
Contact the best criminal harassment defence lawyer
If you’ve been charged, make no statement until you’ve contacted Mandeep Saggi of Saggi Law Firm. Since 2013 Mandeep Saggi has been practicing in criminal law, Mandeep Saggi can foresee how your words and actions could be used against you in a court of law. Criminal harassment lawyer Mandeep Saggi will hear out your circumstances and build a defence that sets the public record straight and protects its depiction of your reputation, often doing so without requiring your appearance in court.
Don’t let misunderstanding damn the public perception of your reputation. If the Crown can’t prove all of the above beyond a reasonable doubt, then the court has no choice but to acquit.