Assault Defence Lawyer: Protecting Your Rights.
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Kahlon Law is one of the top-rated assault lawyers in Ontario offering the best criminal defence services. We have years of experience in defending assault charges.
Whether you’re facing minor charges or serious ones, we dealt with all types of assault charges. Over the years, we have gained proficiency in defending people in criminal court.
We have handled various types of assault charges including:
- sexual assault
- assault with a weapon
- domestic assault, and more.
We aim to find the best possible solution for our clients and strive to get the charges dropped completely or withdrawn through diversion programs, community service, donations, or a peace bond. The severity of the charge will dictate the resolution option available.
As experienced criminal assault lawyers, our firm determines all possible defences to assault charges against you to raise a resonable doubt.
What is considered an assault in Canada?
In simple terms, an assault occurs when one applies force intentionally to another person without their consent. An assault can also occur when a person merely attempts or threatens to intentionally apply force to another.
The criminal charges may come under different names such as:
- Domestic assault
- Sexual assault
- Assault with a weapon
- Aggravated assault
- Assault causing bodily harm.
A criminal defence lawyer can provide critical legal assistance if you have been charged with an assault or are being investigated.
If you are convicted of assault, you could face a criminal record, jail time, and/or fines. An assault lawyer can help protect your rights and argue on your behalf in court.
An experienced criminal lawyer may be able to get the criminal charge reduced or dismissed altogether.
What Are My Options In More Serious Assault Charges Such as Assault Causing Bodily Harm or Aggravated Assault?
In most cases where an accused is alleged to have committed a more serious offence such as Aggravated Assault or Assault Causing Bodily Harm, the assault lawyer will attempt to get the assault charge reduced or seek alternative measures in lieu of negotiating a resolution that could potentially result in jail time.
Often bodily harm and aggravated charges require a trial as crown attorneys are less likely to negotiate a conviction-free resolution in such serious assault cases.
If you are being investigated for a serious offence such as an assault with a weapon or aggravated sexual assault, it is important that you seek out the assistance of an experienced assault lawyer who will be your strongest ally in protecting your rights and interests throughout this process.
What are peace bonds?
A peace bond is a type of criminal court order that requires an individual to be on ‘good behaviour’. With respect to assault, this typically means keeping the peace and staying away from the alleged victim for a certain period of time specified in the bond (usually one year).
Failure to do so can result in the accused person being arrested and brought back to court. A criminal assault lawyer can negotiate to remove the no-contact condition in circumstances where the alleged victim wishes to have contact with the accused.
Entering into a peace bond does not involve any admission of guilt or a criminal record. Despite this, you should consult with an assault lawyer as soon as possible.
If you are considering entering into a peace bond. This is because there can be potential consequences that could arise from a peace bond that impacts your employment or family court proceedings.
Will I get bail in an assault case and what type of conditions will I be on?
One of the most important steps in any criminal proceedings is securing an accused person’s release. Upon arrest, the police have the discretion to release the accused on a promise to appear or on an undertaking to a police officer.
The accused person will be required to sign the promise to appear, which guarantees that they will show up for their next court appearance. An undertaking to a police officer is a conditional release where the accused person agrees to certain conditions, such as staying away from the alleged victim. In most domestic assault cases, the accused person will likely be held for a bail hearing.
What happen if you are not granted release by police?
Then your domestic assault lawyer can ask the court for judicial interim release pending trial. At the bail hearing, the Crown Attorney may seek the accused person’s detention – usually by showing that the person is likely to flee or re-offend. Often an individual facing an assault charge will be released with conditions, such as no contact with the alleged victim. It is important to have a criminal lawyer who understands assault law and can attend the bail hearing on your behalf. They will help you put together a strong plan of release and work on having you released with the fewest conditions possible.
How long does it take for assault charges?
Assault cases are not always straightforward and can take months to resolve in court. An assault lawyer will have extensive experience working with assault cases and can make sure that everything is done to ensure a swift resolution.
They will work closely with the Crown prosecutor on your assault case in order to bring about an early resolution if possible or fight for you at trial if necessary.
The time it takes to resolve an assault charge can vary depending on a number of factors, such as:
- The severity of the assault
- Whether there are any previous convictions
- How many charges are being laid. In some cases
Assault charges may be resolved through negotiations before going to trial. However, in more serious assault cases where jail is a real possibility, assault charges are often resolved through a trial, which can take over a year.
Depending on the circumstances of your assault case and how busy the courts are at that time, an assault charge can take anywhere from several months to more than two years to resolve.
Will I go to jail for first-time assault in Canada?
Generally speaking, a first-time common assault conviction in Canada will not result in jail time. However, the accused will likely be subject to other conditions such as community service and/or attending counselling. In more serious assault cases where there is a risk of jail time, an assault lawyer can work towards getting you the best possible outcome in court.
It is important to remember that assault charges should not be taken lightly and it is always advisable to speak with a lawyer if you have been charged with any offence.
What is the penalty for an assault charge?
The penalty for assault can vary depending on a number of factors, such as the severity of the assault, whether injuries were inflicted and whether there are any previous convictions. In some cases, assault charges may be resolved through negotiations before going to trial. However, in more serious assault cases where jail is a real possibility, assault charges are often resolved through a trial.
Depending on the circumstances of your assault case and how busy the courts are at that time, an assault charge can take anywhere from several months to more than a year to resolve.
A criminal record for assault can have severe consequences which affect your ability to get a job, travel and even volunteer. It is important that you speak with an assault lawyer as soon as possible if you have been charged with assault or any offence.
The right assault lawyer will know how to defend your rights and work towards getting you the best possible outcome in court.