Harassment is a broad term that refers to any behaviour that causes feelings of distress, humiliation, and threat in another person. Under the law, an accusation of harassment could result in a prison sentence of 6 months and a fine should you be convicted. However, more serious harassment cases could result in the case being heard at the Crown court and attract a much longer prison sentence.
Under The Harassment Act of 1997, if someone accuses you and the case goes to court then the prosecution will have to prove that you are responsible for at least two incidents involving behaviour that could be deemed as harassment, which includes:
- Repeatedly contacting someone through phone calls, unsolicited house visits; this would also include text and/or Whatsapp messaging.
- Verbal abuse;
- Threatening physical behaviour;
- Acts of violence;
- Threatening behaviour online; this would also include emails, Facebook and Twitter.
- Sexual harassment;
- Discriminatory behaviour on the grounds of gender, sexual orientation, race, religion etc.
If you are accused of harassment then you should seek representation from the best solicitors available as soon as possible. Harassment cases can be complex due to the nature of the offence, and determining if your behaviour falls into this category can be a lengthy process that is better dealt with sooner rather than later. An experienced and solicitor with working knowledge of harassment laws in the UK will help you through the process and represent you every step of the way.