Stalking and Harassment
Perpetrators have continued to develop new and more sophisticated ways of tracking, intimidating and threatening their victims through tools such as the internet and social media platforms as well as in person. However, legislation has progressed with them – forming responses to this kind of offence that are becoming ever more comprehensive.
The term “harassment” usually refers to the act of engaging in unwanted conduct which has the purpose or effect of violating an individual’s dignity or creating an interrogating, degrading, hostile offensive or humiliating environment for the individual in question.
“Stalking” is defined as engagement in a course of conduct directed at a specific individual that would cause a reasonable person to fear for his or her safety or the safety of others and/or to suffer substantial emotional distress.
Sentences for stalking and harassment can include a maximum of 10 years in prison, or 14 if the offence was proved to be motivated by religion or race. The scale of each punishment will, naturally, depend on the circumstances of the offence.
If you have been accused of stalking or harassment of any kind, it is vital that you acquire the best legal representation possible to prevent you from being prosecuted for a crime that you did not commit. The team at DPP Law is highly experienced in the defence of individuals accused of sexual assault offences, including stalking and harassment.
How We Can Help
In response to any accusations you have received, DPP Law will build a strong case for your defence and represent you in the courtroom. In order to ensure that you are more likely to be acquitted of stalking or harassment, it can be extremely helpful for our lawyers if you are able to record and retain any and all evidence in your possession that may go towards proving your innocence. Text messages and emails, video and audio recordings and potential witness statements can all be extremely useful.
For more information on how to fight a false accusation of stalking or harassment or to discuss potential representation, simply get in touch with DPP Law today.