With countless options for legal representation in Peterborough, it is a daunting task to choose a lawyer for any criminal charge, especially one with such an emotional aspect as domestic assault. This post will hopefully help you make your choice a little bit easier. This will go through a few indicators that can aid your choice in finding legal representation that can help you achieve the most favourable outcome. Domestic assault cases are rarely simple or straightforward. Allegations are often made in the midst of divorce proceeding which can have lofty emotional and legal effects.
Do I even need a lawyer?
Simply put, yes. In cases like these it is important to retain legal counsel as repercussions can be hefty. Section 265 of Canadian Criminal Code does not distinguish domestic assault from simple assault. However, it does differ is in the sentencing guidelines. Because of the nature of the relationship between the parties, domestic assault is considered to be an aggravating factor to emphasize deterrence and denunciation. You want a lawyer who is well equipped to handle your case in a manner to achieve the best result for you.
A helpful way of determining how a law firm operates and if this would be the right fit for you, is asking about the firm’s experience in dealing with cases similar to yours. Some firms like to give short descriptions of recent case that they have completed and their outcome.
Below is a case of a domestic assault which we handled last year:
During a long and heated divorce proceeding, allegations were made against our client, Ms. L., alleging that she had assaulted the complainant on multiple occasions. Our client denied the assault taking place so our only options were to have the charges withdrawn or go to trial. After discussions with the Crown as well as Ms. L., it was agreed that after Ms. L. completes anger management counselling her charges will be withdrawn. Ms. L.’s matter was resolved by way of a peace bond and the charge of assault was withdrawn. Ms. L. avoided a criminal record.
You can read more about our cases and strategies on our website.
Other than taking the lawyer’s word for it, why not ask other clients. Client testimonials can often be a very telling way of figuring out what your own experience may look like. This can give you insight into the process from someone who may be experiencing the same feelings and worries as you.
You’d be hard pressed to find someone who has a “rainy day criminal charges fund.” Most often paying for a lawyer is not an expense that one can predict. How a particular lawyer chooses to bill can be very important. Some lawyers choose to bill on an hourly rate or use block fees. Here at Aitken Robertson, we try to make the fees process as straightforward and stress free as possible. We use block fees so you know exactly how much it will cost upfront. Generally, this method is cheaper than hourly rates and helps maximize efficiency within the firm.
Our lawyers in Peterborough are greatly experienced in handling domestic assault charges. If you wish to fight the charges, do not hesitate to call us at 705-742-0440.