Domestic Assault Lawyer, Toronto
A domestic assault charge include assaults that occur within the context of any domestic relationship, i.e. between married couples, common-law partners, same-sex partners, boyfriend-girlfriends, siblings, etc..
When defending a domestic charge, there are many legal complexities that you may not know how to use to your advantage. As you will likely be facing a highly acute prosecutor in court, it’s important to have an equally competent domestic assault lawyer in Toronto to strengthen your case.
John Erickson has been a practicing domestic and sexual assault lawyer in Toronto for more than 20 years and has successfully defended countless individuals charged with assault, domestic assault and sexual assault related charges in Toronto, the GTA, and throughout southern Ontario.
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These FAQs share pertinent information for those individuals accused of a domestic assault charge.
Family members and intimate partners include spouses, ex-spouses, dating partners, siblings, parents and children.
A prosecutor may withdraw charges if they decide that the prosecution is not in the best interest of the public or if there is no reasonable chance of a conviction.
What is reasonable grounds? If a prudent, unbiased person provided with the details of the allegations has sufficient reason to believe that an offence has been committed, this essentially constitutes “reasonable grounds”.
In deciding whether reasonable grounds exist, police may rely upon information such as witness statements, observations of injuries to the victim and property damage, and information obtained from 911 dispatch.
John Erickson has the legal experience and knowledge to assist you in your domestic assault case.
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If you try to defend yourself at trial, the Crown will almost always ask the Court to appoint a lawyer to conduct the cross-examination of the complainant on your behalf.
This court appointed lawyer does not have to conduct it the way that you might want and will not assist you in any other areas of your trial. Their job is only to conduct the cross-examination of the complainant as they see fit.
Secondly, domestic assault trials often involve attempts by the Crown to tender evidence of prior alleged incidents of abuse as “background narrative”.
This narrative evidence is usually highly prejudicial to the accused and is tendered by the Crown not as proof of the alleged offence itself but as evidence to explain why the complainant behaved the way that they did.
Because this evidence is often highly prejudicial to the accused, it is always best to hire an experienced domestic assault lawyer to defend you.
In court, the Crown can either consent to the accused’s release on specified conditions or oppose their release. If the latter takes place, there will be a contested bail hearing that takes place before, usually before a Justice of the Peace.
If you plead guilty or are found guilty after trial, the penalty for domestic assault can range anywhere from an absolute discharge to a lengthy jail sentence. As well, there can be ancillary orders such as a DNA order or firearms prohibition.
Don’t take a gamble. Strengthen your chances of success in court as much as you possibly can.
Erickson Law is at your service. Hiring a qualified domestic assault lawyer is the best way to defend yourself against false allegations and avoid life-changing repercussions.
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This includes any unwanted touching on the genital areas, breasts, and buttocks even if committed for a non-sexual purpose.
If you are plead guilty or are found guilty of sexual assault after a trial, you may be liable to imprisonment for as much as 10 years if the Crown proceeds by indictment or 18 months if the Crown elects to proceed by summary conviction (or 2 years if the Crown proceeds by summary conviction and the complainant is under the age of 16 years).
As well, if you plead guilty or are found guilty after trial, you will face mandatory registration in the national sex offender registry, the provincial sex offender registry and the national DNA Data Bank.
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At Erickson Law, we believe in putting the client first. We operate with diligence and discretion, and fully appreciate the sensitive nature of domestic assault accusations. Recognizing the round-the-clock nature of domestic assault allegations, we provide 24- hour emergency contact channels to help you.
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