Criminal harassment, or “stalking”, as it is commonly referred to, consists of repeated behavior that has the intention of harassing, frightening, annoying, or other actions displaying obsessive and unwanted conduct directed towards another individual without lawful authority.


There are four types of conduct that constitute criminal harassment if they cause the other person to reasonably fear for their safety or the safety of anyone known to them:

  1. Repeatedly following from place to place the other person or anyone known to them;
  2. Repeatedly communicating with, either directly or indirectly, the other person or anyone known to them;
  3. Besetting or watching the dwelling-house, or place where the other person, or anyone known to them, resides, works, carries on business or happens to be; or
  4. Engaging in threatening conduct directed at the other person or any member of their family.

There is no set number of incidents to define “repeatedly” other than the conduct must be overly frequent in the circumstances.

Being convicted of criminal harassment can have lifelong consequences including impacts to employment and travel. The maximum punishment if convicted is 10 years in prison. Defending your criminal harassment charge requires an experienced defence lawyer by your side. Cory Wilson has successfully represented countless individuals charged with criminal harassment.

Peace Bond

Depending on the severity of the allegations, an accused may enter into a Peace Bond in which they are bound by certain conditions such as counselling and no contact with the complainant. Upon signing the Peace Bond, the criminal charges are withdrawn and the accused person is left with no criminal record. A Peace Bond is not a finding of guilt.

Cory Wilson’s experience, skill and close working relationship with the Crown Prosecutors has consistently and continuously resulted in his clients’ criminal harassment matters being resolved by Peace Bond.

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