CRIMINAL HARASSMENT/ STALKING

Proven Defence for Clients Facing Criminal Harassment or Stalking Charges

If you face charges for criminal harassment in Ontario, it is important that you do not take such charges lightly. Consequences for conviction can range from the implementation of a protection order, which can limit your freedom of movement, all the way to imprisonment for a period of up to 10 years. To best protect your freedom, seek out an experienced Toronto criminal harassment lawyer to start building your defence.

At Neuberger & Partners LLP, our criminal defence lawyers are highly trained and experienced professionals who have proven themselves through numerous successful cases.* Joseph Neuberger has more than over 25 years of experience defending clients charged with criminal harassment and related offences. We have the tools and resources required to create comprehensive defence strategies on behalf of each of our clients. We are prepared and ready to help defend you against the criminal harassment charges you face.

Criminal Harassment Defined

Criminal harassment includes extreme, repetitive acts on the part of one individual that make the recipient fear for his or her safety. Acts that can be considered the basis for criminal harassment charges include:

  • Harassing phone calls
  • Harassing mailings or Internet communications
  • Repeatedly following the person (commonly referred to as stalking)
  • Spending time outside the dwelling place or workplace of the person
  • Any threatening conduct toward the person’s family
  • Uttering threats

If you find yourself charged with performing any of the conduct above or any similar conduct, contact us to learn how we can help you with your defence.

A Comprehensive Approach to Your Criminal Harassment Case

The first meeting with a Neuberger & Partners LLP lawyer will involve a detailed review of the background to the allegations in order to assist with identifying potentially helpful evidence. In many cases, allegations of criminal harassment involve cellphone, smartphone and computers as mediums for communication. It is vital to any defence that the lawyer you hire has extensive experience knowing where to look for important defence evidence, and how to effectively use this evidence in a trial.

Equally as important is the knowledge of how to challenge potentially damaging evidence either through rebutting with other evidence or in bringing applications at trial to exclude the potentially damaging evidence. We often use experts in various fields to assist with defending clients, such as private investigators, computer and Internet experts. The lawyers at Neuberger & Partners LLP will work with you to develop a strong comprehensive defence.

We will analyze the Crown’s case against you to determine if your actions would have led to any reasonable person to fear for his or her safety. We will review the evidence and interview any witnesses. We will take all necessary steps to ensure that we thoroughly prepare you for your court hearing, including holding mock examinations and cross-examinations. Our lawyers will be sure to answer all of your questions and keep you informed of any developments in your case as they arise.

Contact Our Lawyers About A Stalking Charge

For the strong defence you require against your criminal harassment charges, call our office at 416-364-3111 or contact our criminal defence firm online. With offices in Toronto, we represent clients in the Greater Toronto Area and throughout Ontario.

Past results are not necessarily indicative of future results and that the amount recovered and other litigation outcomes will vary according to the facts in individual cases.

CONTACT INFORMATION

1392 Eglinton Avenue West
Toronto, ON M6C 2E4
Fax (416) 364-3271

COVID-19 UPDATE

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in COVID-19 on Tuesday March 17, 2020.

At Neuberger and Partners, we are monitoring the COVID-19 situation and have implemented safety measures to ensure the safety of our clients and staff. Our priority is and always will be the health, well-being and safety of our staff, clients and colleagues.

We have put in place various measures to prevent and minimize the impact of COVID-19:

  • In addition to standard hand-washing habits, our staff are washing hands before and after every client interaction;
  • All individuals entering our office will be required to use our hand sanitizer to ensure the safety of our other clients and staff;
  • Regular disinfecting of our offices, public areas, meeting rooms and board rooms as well as increasing the frequency of disinfection of higher-traffic surface areas;
  • If a lawyer or client who has a scheduled meeting is feeling unwell, they will be strongly encouraged to stay home;
  • For the time being, we will avoid greeting clients and colleagues with our usual handshakes;
  • We will make every effort to ensure our firm will be stocked up with extra tissue and alcohol-based hand sanitizer; and
  • We will monitor and stay informed from the Government of Canada and World Health Organization for facts as they become available. We will ensure all staff and team members are educated on symptoms and are well informed on prevention and best practices.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Will the firm still run if there are closures?

  • We are committed to assisting our clients. We remain open to assist our clients at this time (following aforementioned standards for health and safety). For clients who wish to communicate with our firm virtually, we have the technology for virtual meetings and are able to respond to the needs of our clients in a manner best to protect our staff and clients’ health.

Are staff and lawyers set up to work virtually?

  • All lawyers and staff are set up to work virtually and continue to assist clients and one another remotely. All lawyers are available via telephone, email and virtual video conferencing.

What is the court situation? How will we deal with court closures?

  • At this time, the Superior Court of Justice is closed from March 17, 2020 to June 1, 2020 – unless a judge orders otherwise.
    If you have a March matter, your matter will be postponed to June 2, 2020.
    April matters will be postponed to June 3, 2020 and May matters will be pushed to June 4, 2020.
  • Similarly, the Ontario Court of Justice will be closed for 10 weeks for all out of custody matters in criminal practice court. In custody matters will still be addressed. It is unclear if out of custody matters such as trials or preliminary hearings will continue since the courts have left this decision to the discretion of the judges. However, Bail courts will remain open for the time being.
  • The Court of Appeal for Ontario has suspended all scheduled appeals until April 3, 2020. But we are still able to file materials and apply for urgent appeals to be heard.
  • We will advise clients by email of their next Court date.

How can payments be made?

  • Payments can be made via e-transfer and visa payments can be made over the phone.

If I have to deliver something to my lawyer, how shall I go about it?

  • For clients who wish to drop off documents but do not wish to come in contact with any one at the firm, you are encouraged to drop them off in our mail slot in front of our office.

We will be open and available for any questions, comments or concerns. Please call (416) 364-3111 for any further information.

Stay safe and healthy,

Joseph Neuberger