Criminal Harassment is basically defined as conduct designed to cause another person to fear for his or her safety or the safety of another person known to them.
This prohibited criminal conduct can be committed in any one of a number of ways, including stalking, repeated and unwanted communication or by means of behaviour directly designed to harm the intended victim. The period of time covered by these charges is almost always substantial, that is to say, it generally doesn`t refer to just one episode, such as one telephone call or one text message.
The charge of criminal harassment in Ontario is often coupled with other types of criminal allegations such as domestic assault and uttering threats to kill or inflict bodily harm on another person. Sexual assault charges can also be coupled with this offence.
Criminal Harassment in Domestic Situations
In domestic situations, the person held out to be the victim, is often someone who has been involved in a romantic or familial relationship with the accused person and criminal lawyers often see these charges being laid by the police when the allegations of assault are not easily substantiated or the date of occurrence is hard to determine.
Unfortunately, many accused persons are content to plead guilty to the criminal harassment charge so that they can avoid a criminal record for something apparently more serious, such as assault or perhaps domestic assault causing bodily harm. This has been known to take place in situations where the individual charged has a legitimate defense to the seemingly more serious charge or charges, with the net result being the imposition of a criminal record for an offense he or she did not commit.
Sentencing for these offences, including criminal harassment, can lead to periods of imprisonment and minimally, the imposition of a variety of court orders that can serious interfere with your life, not to mention the burden of a record for an offence under the Criminal Code of Canada.
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As outlined in other parts of this website, a criminal record can and often does create havoc with the ability of an individual to maintain his or her current employment or to find other employment at some future date. Similarly, crossing the border into the United States can immediately become problematic.
And recent amendments to the National Parole Act have made it considerably more difficult to clear a criminal record once it is obtained, whether or not the person now saddled with the record was falsely accused or innocent of the criminal charges brought against him.
The Best Defence
It is for these reasons, among others, that the criminal lawyers of The Criminal Law Team are absolutely committed to providing you with the very best possible defense to such allegations with our goal being the withdrawal of all charges against you or when appropriate, the obtaining of a finding of not guilty at trial.
We totally understand what it feels like and know what it means to be on the wrong end of such allegations and will dedicate our very substantial years of criminal court experience to get you the result you deserve.
The lawyers of The Criminal Law Team (Stephen Hebscher and Bruce Karten) have been practicing in the Greater Toronto Area as well as most other regions of south-central Ontario for over 60+ years and our winning record of success is entirely due to our energy and commitment to each and every one of our clients. Simply put, we are there for you. See what our other clients are saying about us. We can help you too! So give us a call, for your free confidential consultation.
I came to Stephen Hebscher with a somewhat irregular case. Both my spouse and I had been mutually charged with domestic assault, a legal situation that neither of us had wished upon each other. While my spouse's lawyer had been content to seek mutually binding peace bonds, Stephen was able to get in front of the case and negotiate a withdrawal of both of our charges- the best possible outcome on BOTH sides of the table – once we successfully completing the PARs program. I remain entirely pleased with Stephen's competency, professionalism and accessibility, and would not hesitate to recommend him as a criminal defence lawyer. L.A.
Mr. Hebscher: I would like to thank you for your excellent representation of me in relation to the domestic assault charges that you worked so hard to have withdrawn. You have made a critical difference in my future and I am very happy with the outcome. I also appreciate your hard work, and the extra time and effort you have put in to deal with all the other issues that came along. I thank you for being a phone call away (or email) even when you did not have to be. I will gladly recommend your services to any of my friends or family should they ever need it. I am very grateful for what you have done.
I am impressed especially after our meeting on Monday – I was resigned that something bad would befall me, so I am very blessed to have this outcome. I thank you for the hard work that you have put into this case, and the dedication on getting me this fantastic outcome! I am so glad that we retained you as my lawyer! You have done an outstanding job and allowed me to now rebuild my life. Thank you, Bruce Karten.
Dave B. (Ajax, Ontario)
We were referred to Stephen Hebscher when our child was in need of legal representation. He was charged with sexual assault. As parents, we were quite frightened for our child but Mr. Hebscher was the calm voice of reason. We are very grateful to Mr. Hebscher for the excellent results he got for our child, as the charges were dropped.
J.N. (Toronto, Ontario)
Mr. Hebscher is a very professional lawyer who takes pride in his work and because of this the end result was the judge ruling me not guilty and I got my innocence and life back. My family and I would like to thank you again Stephen Hebscher for doing a wonderful job and also being a very supportive man.
Chris T. (Scarborough, Ontario)
I am happy to report that Bruce’s superior negotiation strategy and ability to present facts effectively helped convince the Crown to reduce his position. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Bruce for getting my charge withdrawn and keep my criminal record clean.
J.S (Toronto, Ontario)
I looked and found Barrister Stephen Hebscher I introduced myself and my case and after listening to all details he was able to ensure me that my case would go well. All charges against me have be thrown out and my life is back to normal.
Blair H. (North York)
Bruce ...The care and concern you showed us during our dealings certainly helped to reduce the stress we were under. I would recommend you without a second thought. Your winning record is a bonus as well. My husband and myself can't thank you enough for all you've done for our family.
Debi T. (Mississauga, Ontario)
Dear Mr. Hebscher...There are not enough words to express my appreciation for your...giving me your undivided attention at all times, work in my case with your heart and soul, that makes you "ONE OF A KIND" lawyer.
Ahmed A. (Brampton, Ontario)
Mr. Bruce Karten was able to help to extricate me from a very serious criminal case containing severe charges, including weapons –threat to use weapons, death threat, harassment,etc. He succeeded in winning my case. I was discharged; was able to keep my career, and no criminal record. This was a tremendous accomplishment, and I am very appreciative of that.
Nickolai V. (Toronto, Ontario)
Again, from the depth of our hearts we sincerely thank you very much for being my Counsel on this case. We now can say you are the BEST and we will surely recommend you to our friends and anybody here we know who needs the best Lawyer in Ontario. You have done an extremely good job and we are very happy with the outcome this morning.
Roman A. (Markham, Ontario)
Mr. Hebscher was the only lawyer who gave me hope and made me feel like I had a real fighting chance. I am extremely satisfied with the quick results that he delivered, and I am happy to say that he was able to convince the court to drop the charges against me and clear my name.
Tina M. (Toronto, Ontario)