In New South Wales intimidation is an offence. If you threaten someone making them fearful of physical or mental injury you are guilty of committing a crime. If convicted you could face up to five years in prison.
Intimidation comes in many forms. You may behave in a threatening manner, or your spoken or written word could be intimidating.
Charges of intimidation frequently stem from emails, spoken threats, and online or verbal bullying. These things often happen when emotions are high. Sometimes people believe that they will get away with the intimidating behaviour because no-one will know that they were responsible.
Most people don’t know that they could face criminal charges stemming from the behaviour.
To prove a case of intimidation, the prosecutor will have to persuade the court that you intended to make the other person fear injury through your actions.
Many people when faced with prosecution will use the excuse that they would never actually have caused the other harm. The courts won’t accept this as an excuse. Intimidation requires only that you caused the other to fear injury. It matters not that you had no intention of actually carrying out the threat.
As many as 90% of people who face prosecution for intimidation are convicted of the crime.
Disclaimer : This article is just a summary of the subject matter being discussed and should not be regarded as a comprehensive legal advice for you to defend yourself alone. If you are charged with criminal offences, it is recommended that you seek legal assistance from criminal lawyers.