A harassment charge may include many kinds of conduct. It is often charged as a disorderly persons offense, and it may be brought as a fourth-degree indictable offense with severe penalties. A harassment charge, like any other criminal charge, should be taken seriously, as it can result in negative consequences for the rest of your life.
If you are facing harassment charges, you need the help of an experienced and compassionate AR criminal defense attorney who can fight for your rights. AR Law Group’s defense lawyers have many years of combined experience fighting against harassment charges.
A person commits the offense of harassment by:
- Communicating with others anonymously, at very inconvenient hours, in offensive language, or in a way that is likely to annoy or cause harm
- Striking, kicking, shoving, punching, or threatening someone else with that conduct
- Engaging, with the intent of seriously annoying another person, in cursing or repeatedly alarming actions
The following legislation governs the law of harassment in the country:
Section 510 of Pakistan Penal Code 1860: If a drunken person appears in a public place, causing annoyance to any person, he can be punished with imprisonment or fine or both.
Section 509 of Pakistan Penal Code 1860: If a person labels any woman, utters any disrespectful word, or is offensive by their gesture, he’s liable to the punishment of three years or fine or both.
Section 366A of Pakistan Penal Code 1860: If a girl under the age of 18 is forced to perform sexual intercourse, the offender is liable to a punishment of 10 years and fine.
Section 509 of Pakistan Penal Code 1860: If a person demands sexual favors and uses a verbal or non-verbal form of communication, causing any kind of annoyance, the person is liable to a punishment of three years or fine or both.
Section 509 of Pakistan Penal Code 1860: If a person makes a false accusation of fornication against any woman, he is liable to five years in prison along with a fine.
Section 354A of Pakistan Penal Code 1860: If a person assaults a woman using criminal force, stripping off her clothes and exposing her to public view, he is liable to be punished with death or imprisonment for life along with fine.
Section 294 of Pakistan Penal Code 1860: If a person uses any indecent or vulgar language in a public place with an intention to offend, he is liable to the punishment of three years along with fine.
According to Section 3 of the Protection against Harassment of Women at Workplace Act 2010, each organization has to constitute an inquiry committee to inquire into complaints made regarding workplace harassment. The committee should comprise of three members. One member should be a woman.
According to Section 2(H) of the Protection Against Harassment of Women at Workplace Act 2010, anyone making an unwelcoming sexual advance, requests for sexual favors, or his any verbal or physical conduct (falls in the category of workplace harassment) causes interference with work performance or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment for fellow co-workers, can be liable to following penalties
- Censure withholding for a specific period
- Promotion or increment stoppage for a specific period
- Recovery or compensation, payable to the complainant from pay or any other source of the accused
- Reduction to a lower post
- Compulsory retirement
- Removal from service
- Dismissal from service or fine.
AR Harassment Defense Lawyers
Many harassment charges are brought by law enforcement that don’t have any merit under the law, but they do so because a victim complained. These charges can often be downgraded or dismissed by the court because the facts don’t support pursuing them further. If you have been charged with harassment, a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney can analyze the facts of your case and may be able to argue for the court to downgrade the offense or dismiss it altogether.
AR Law Group has experienced criminal defense attorneys who are intimately familiar with the criminal justice system and courts in Pakistan and can help you minimize the repercussions of a harassment charge.