If you have been charged with a domestic violence offence in the St. Thomas area, then you need the help of a skilled and experienced criminal defence lawyer at your side. Posner, Craig, Stein (PCS) lawyers are among the most experienced and well-known criminal lawyers in the profession. Being charged with domestic assault is a frightening and life-altering experience. Entrusting PCS with your case means that you will have an exceptional and trusted ally at your side throughout the criminal process, from the police investigation until verdict. We understand the impact that a criminal record has on a person’s future and reputation. We know that your freedom and livelihood depend on winning your case. Our lawyers work tirelessly, creatively – and in a relentless manner – inside and outside the courtroom.
If you are charged with domestic assault or a domestic violence offence in the St. Thomas area, it is in your best interest to hire a competent and qualified criminal lawyer, sooner rather than later. A criminal charge is classified as a domestic violence offence if it occurs between two people who are currently or have previously been involved in a romantic relationship. Domestic assault charges often involve allegations of uttering a threat and/or damage (mischief) to property.
There is no separate charge in the Criminal Code for “domestic assault”, however, domestic related offenses are treated more seriously by the courts in St. Thomas. Many courthouses have courtrooms designed specifically to deal with “domestic” cases, and Crown attorneys specifically trained to deal with these cases. The Criminal Code also contains special provisions that serve to protect victims of domestic violence.
A domestic assault conviction can result in jail time or a criminal record, leading to future challenges such as difficulty finding employment and not being able to enter the United States. Being convicted of domestic assault can have a negative impact on your Family Court proceedings. It can result in not being able to see your children or fulfill an active role in their lives. If found guilty, a person could be restrained from going back home, even if he/she owns the house. The consequences of a conviction can be severe and life-altering.
In most instances, once the police have received a complaint of domestic violence, they will lay criminal charges. Until your charge has been concluded in court, you will be prohibited from having contact with your partner and possibly your children. A criminal lawyer can assist in having the no-contact order lifted, should circumstances warrant it. If the order cannot be lifted, we will work to move your case forward through the justice system as quickly as possible to restore any family disruption that may come as a result of a no-contact order.
Domestic assault cases are commonly one person’s word again another. The credibility of each witness is usually the paramount issue. Having a lawyer who is experienced and skilled at cross-examination is the key to a successful result. The lawyers at Posner, Craig, Stein have highly developed and keen cross-examination skills. Through tireless preparation and our years of experience, we know how to get at the truth.
Posner, Craig, Stein is the right criminal law firm to handle your domestic violence offence in the St. Thomas area because:
If you are charged with a domestic violence offence, it is to your benefit to retain an experienced criminal lawyer immediately. Posner Craig Stein may be able to help you avoid a criminal conviction, time in jail and forced separation from your family.
We handle domestic violence cases in St. Thomas and across Ontario.
Come meet with us, in confidence, at our office, by phone or a virtual meeting to discuss your options today. Put your trust in the Posner Craig Stein criminal defence team of highly skilled criminal lawyers with proven experience in domestic violence cases