Winnipeg Criminal Defence Lawyer Joshua Rogala deals with charges of Criminal Harassment.

 

Have you been Charged with Criminal Harassment?

Criminal Harassment For a Crown Attorney to establish a criminal harassment charge, they must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the accused engaged in harassing behavior, that the accused knew or was reckless as to how the complainant would perceive their conduct, the complainant must fear for his or her safety, and the fear experienced was reasonable in the circumstances.

At trial a criminal defence attorney is able to cross examine the complainant. An effective cross examination can call into question the credibility of the complainant, raising reasonable doubt. If there is reasonable doubt on any of the above mentioned elements, the court must acquit the accused. The Criminal Code also provides the harassment must be without “lawful authority”. Therefore, if someone has a lawful reason to contact another person, they would not be guilty of criminal harassment.

A person convicted of criminal harassment may end up with a criminal record, fines, probation, and in some circumstances up to 10 years in jail. If you or someone you know has been charged with criminal harassment, contact Joshua for a free consultation.

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