DOMESTIC ASSAULT LAWYERS
If a person is charged with any type of assault allegation, it is both serious and unsettling and can have a profound effect on employment, professional accreditation and future prospects generally.
Persons charged in Toronto and through Ontario with domestic assault under s. 266 of the Criminal Code will face significant challenges because bail restrictions imposed for this type of offence can prevent contact with their intimate partners and/or children while their cases move through the criminal justice system.
Persons found guilty of domestic assaults often face stiffer sentences. The team at KIVLAW Barristers have defended domestic assault charges throughout Ontario and frequently appear in courts across the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) in addition to the Toronto courthouses including Brampton, Oshawa, Newmarket, Hamilton, Burlington, Oakville, Milton, the Niagara Region (including St. Catharines), Guelph, Kitchener and Waterloo, and Woodstock.
In most domestic assault cases, the police and Crown prosecutors bring the matter to trial, regardless of whether or not the complainant wants to move the charges forward. This often means the matter will proceed to trial, even if the complainant becomes uncooperative with the Crown and police.
If charged with a domestic assault or any form of intimate partner violence, it is important you understand your fundamental legal rights and hire an experienced lawyer who can help you navigate the criminal justice system. If you, or someone you know is facing a domestic assault charge, please call the team at KIVLAW Barristers for a consultation and advice on the best way forward.
What is a Domestic Assault?
A domestic assault is as an assault between persons who are current or former spouses, common-law partners or individuals who are dating.
Domestic assaults are prosecuted differently than other types of assaults by special teams in each courthouse. These special teams, or “Domestic Violence Teams”, deal exclusively with domestic assaults and have their own expertise when it comes to prosecuting these specific offences. According to the Ministry of the Attorney General, domestic assaults are to be “prosecuted as vigorously as other serious criminal offences.”