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Do You Need a Domestic Violence & Sex Assault Lawyer?
If you got in a fight at a bar, did you know that you could be facing assault charges? Even something as simple as forcefully obstructing someone’s path may qualify as assault. When it comes to any criminal charge involving violence, we have several years of experience crafting careful and compelling cases. You may need an Alberta domestic violence and assault lawyer, based in Calgary, for anything from criminal mischief and uttering threats to aggravated assault, sexual assault, or assault with a weapon. Any act of violence that involves a family member, romantic partner, or spouse is labelled as a domestic offence and is often considered with greater scrutiny than other assault charges.
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Domestic Assault / Violence
Domestic violence includes any violent related offence against a family member, romantic partner, or spouse. A domestic violence charge could be for anything from assault with a weapon or assault causing bodily harm to threats, choking, breaking and entering, unlawful confinement, sexual assault, harassment, extortion, and more. The courts tend to take domestic violence very seriously, and charges often result in jail time and always include some form of limited contact between the offender and his or her family. As criminal lawyers in Alberta, we understand that domestic violence can be complicated and may not always be one-sided or unprovoked. We recommend writing down your side of the story, including everything that you can remember about the incident as soon as possible; it may be a helpful document if the case goes to trial.
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What a Domestic Violence
Lawyer Can Do For You
There are several ways a domestic violence lawyer can assist in your case to defend charges of domestic assault or harassment. A Peace Bond is a common way of dealing with such offences and involves entering into an agreement with the court. We can help you establish an agreement that minimizes the consequences and optimizes your freedoms. Often, these agreements include recommendations or conditions for counselling, restraining orders, or no-contact provisions. Approval for a Peace Bond drops all charges, meaning you will not receive a criminal record. If the case goes to trial, however, one of our experienced criminal lawyers in Calgary will establish an effective representation and build a solid case in your favour. We may begin by challenging the facts or the allegations against you, interpreting the law in your favour, and doing our best to reduce your sentencing; we know how imperative it may be for you to avoid jail time and a damaging criminal record.
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Unfortunately, no. If a victim of assault changes his or her mind and wants to drop charges, the Crown Prosecutor may still proceed with the case. Assault is considered a serious offence, and while the victim’s testimony is often valuable to the prosecution, the decision to drop charges does not belong to them, as they are essentially just another witness.
Uttering threats is considered verbal abuse. A person may be charged with uttering threats even if the threat was offered indirectly or was non-verbal as in the instance of a gesture or a written message via text, email, or social media.
An EOP is a legally binding order that protects Canadians from family violence and may prohibit an offender from communicating with family and living in or entering their place of residence. Failure to comply with an EOP may result in arrest and additional charges.
While domestic violence is a serious crime, a knowledgeable and experienced criminal defence lawyer can help to ensure the Crown drops your charges, one way we can do this is by applying for a Peace Bond.
Why Choose Us
We are honest and realistic with all of our clients. We will not sugar-coat or oversell the potential outcome of the case. However, we will always strive to achieve the best result possible.
We are personable with our clients. To us, you aren’t just another name. We seek to understand your story and build a positive relationship with you while defending your rights against the State.
We believe you should know what you’re up against; most people don’t know what to expect once they have been criminally charged. We will always strive to keep you informed every step of the way.
We have built a reputation of having a high success rate for our clients throughout Alberta. Often our clients will escape a criminal record or incarceration.
We have streamlined the process of contacting and working with a criminal defence lawyer. We make all docket court appearances on your behalf so you don’t have to attend.
We have over 65 years of combined experience as defence lawyers. We've built relationships in the industry that allow us to achieve the best possible outcomes.
Think of us as your friendly neighbourhood defence lawyers, serving clients across Alberta for over 40 years. Based in Calgary, we travel everywhere from Lethbridge to Fort MacMurray.
We offer flexible payment schedules and flat-rate fee plans so you’ll always know what you’re paying upfront. Total fees depend on the complexity of your case.
Get the Best Defence With an Assault Lawyer
As Alberta Criminal Defence Lawyers, we have decades of experience representing individuals in the criminal court. We know that assault and violence are highly nuanced offences, and there is often a lot of grey-area. When you need a domestic violence or sexual assault lawyer, we offer the best defence. We’ll begin by sitting down with you for an initial consultation. If you’re not sure what to expect, know that we are here to protect and defend you; we are on your side! We’ll keep you involved as we attend all court appearances on your behalf and learn more about the outlook of your case. We work together to achieve the best possible outcome for your situation. Call us today.