If you have been accused of or charged with a domestic violence or domestic assault in St. Catharines or throughout Ontario, you need a criminal lawyer who can help increase the odds of winning your case. You should speak with a criminal lawyer experienced in domestic violence cases before speaking with the police about any allegation of a domestic violence as anything you say can be used as evidence against you at your trial.
A domestic violence or domestic assault conviction can result in jail time or a criminal record, leading to future challenges such as employment, not being able to travel or enter the United States and perhaps most importantly, it may result in not being able to see your children or fulfill an active role in their lives.
In most instances, once the police receive a complaint of domestic violence, they will lay charges. Until your charge has been dealt with in court, you will be prohibited from having contact with your spouse and possibly your children.
Domestic Violence and Domestic Assault
In order to obtain a conviction of domestic violence, the Crown must prove its domestic violence or family violence case beyond a reasonable doubt.
Domestic violence or domestic assault charges are often laid for aggravated assault, partner assault, criminal harassment, stalking, threatening death or bodily harm, or forcible confinement.
If you have a restraining order against you in a domestic violence case, which prohibits contact with your family, a criminal lawyer can assist in having the order lifted in a court of law, should circumstances warrant it.
Family Violence Laws in Canada
In Canada, there is no specific offence of family violence in the Criminal Code, however, relevant criminal offences can extend from physical and sexual violence to the administration of justice such as failure to comply with a restraining order, psychological or emotional abuse, neglect and abandonment, criminal negligence and financial abuse.
The Criminal Code also contains special provisions that serve to protect victims of domestic violence.
If You Have Been Charged with A Domestic Violence Offence
Lockyer Posner Craig is the right criminal law firm to handle your domestic violence offence in the St. Catharines and GTA area because:
- Our track record of winning is outstanding
- We are among the most respected criminal law firms in Canada
- Our fees are highly competitive
If you have been charged with a domestic violence offence, it is the Crown’s responsibility to prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. If you are charged with a domestic violence offence, it is to your benefit to retain an experienced criminal lawyer, sooner rather than later, under any circumstance. Beyond the charge or case itself, your lawyer will assess all circumstances surrounding the incident to ensure your rights under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms have not been violated.
Lockyer Posner Craig may be able to help you avoid a criminal conviction, time in jail and forced separation from your family.
Confidential Domestic Violence Case Consultation
We handle domestic violence cases across Ontario and are respected by judges and prosecutors throughout the Province. We have experience defending cases in Toronto, Brampton, Newmarket, Oshawa, Hamilton, Bradford, Niagara Falls, St. Catharines, Guelph, Kitchener, St. Thomas, Woodstock, Orangeville, London, Chatham, Windsor, Cobourg, Kingston, Ottawa, Pembroke, Brantford, Milton, Barrie, Orillia, North Bay, Thunder Bay and Timmins and throughout Ontario.
Let’s meet, in confidence, at our office to discuss your options today. Put your trust in the Lockyer Posner Craig criminal defence team of highly skilled criminal lawyers with proven experience in domestic violence cases and offences. Toll-free: 1-844-395-4084.