Domestic violence: Criminal Charges
It is our duty to defend your case when it comes to domestic violence charges. It is with great determination that our criminal lawyers work to acquit each of our clients, regardless of the seriousness of the offence.
The possibility of being kept in custody
If a complaint of domestic violence is made against you by the plaintiff or a third party, police officers often detain you following your arrest in order to ensure the plaintiff’s safety. The next day, you will stand in front of a Judge. It is important to have an experienced lawyer who will advocate on your behalf in order for you to be released and be on bail throughout the judicial proceedings.
Conditions upon release
When a person is charged with a criminal offence classified as domestic violence and released upon arrest or appearance, conditions will be imposed on him or her to ensure the protection of the plaintiff. These conditions can have a significant impact on the defendant, particularly when children are involved. It is common for an accused to be limited in the communication or access of his children. One of your lawyer’s duties is to negotiate these conditions so that they are reasonable for you and limited to what is really necessary.
The procedure in cases of domestic violence is unique in a way that the prosecutor must always meet with the plaintiff from the outset to find out what his or her motives are. It is important to understand that even if the plaintiff states that he or she does not want to continue the claim or go to court, it is the prosecutor who has the discretion to proceed with the case. In fact, in some cases, there may be third parties such as neighbours or police officers who would be willing to testify against you. It would therefore be in the prosecutor’s interest to move forward, despite the plaintiff’s withdrawal.
This is where the need for a defence lawyer who can negotiate with the prosecutor or properly represent you at trial comes into play.
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Are you being charged with a criminal offense classified as domestic violence? Feel free to hire our experienced criminal defense lawyers. They will be able to offer you the best assistance.