Harassment, often called stalking, was added to the Criminal Code of Canada in 1993 to protect the physical and emotional safety of those who find themselves the subject of ongoing and unwanted threatening or disturbing behavior. Whether it is repeated telephone calls, emails, texts, or letters, consistently following or watching someone, or showing up at their home or office, stalking often results in violence and as such carries severe penalties including up to 10 years in prison.
In addition to prison time, courts may order convicted stalkers to avoid the victim or places they frequent and/or send them to counseling. Victims of harassment can also go to court to request what are known as “peace bonds” or restraining orders. These orders, issued by a judge, direct the alleged stalker to keep a certain distance away from the victim, their office or home as well as their family members. Violation of the terms of a peace bond or restraining order is a criminal offence which can result in fines and jail time.
If you have been accused of stalking, your personal and professional reputation, as well as your freedom and future, are on the line. Retaining an experienced criminal lawyer at the earliest opportunity is vital to ensuring that your rights are protected, your options are explored, and your defence fully prepared. A skilled criminal defence lawyer will work with you to reach the best possible outcome and may be able to get the charges dismissed or the penalties minimized.
Since 1996, the law firm of Mitch Engel, Barrister & Solicitor has been providing clients throughout the Oshawa, Brampton, and Mississauga areas with top-level criminal defence representation, including defending individuals charged with harassment. Mitch focuses exclusively on criminal law and his extensive experience has given him excellent insight and strategic instincts about how to prepare and present the best possible defence in each unique case. His commitment to integrity, his passion and professionalism, and his excellent track record have earned him the respect of clients, colleagues, and courts throughout the Toronto area. A strong and zealous advocate, Mitch Engel stays available to his clients 24/7 and works on a block fee basis, meaning that his clients pay an initial retainer, which is then applied toward a fee for his services. He understands that his clients are making an investment in him, and works tirelessly to earn their trust and provide the advice and guidance they need. Call Mitch at (866) 761-7077 to get the legal advice you need to reclaim your life.