TORONTO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE DEFENCE LAWYER

Mississauga, Brampton and Newmarket Domestic Violence Charge Law Firm

There is a zero tolerance policy against domestic assault and threatening in Ontario, regardless of whether the complainant is your wife or husband, your common-law spouse, one of your children, or a current or past girlfriend or boyfriend. If you are facing an allegation of domestic assault or threatening, you will, in all likelihood, be prosecuted. A conviction for domestic violence or threatening is very serious and can result in significant penalties, including jail time. In addition, a conviction can hurt your case for custody and access in the event of family court proceedings.

Once a charge is filed, only the Crown can withdraw it. Even if your accuser decides not to move forward with the case, the Crown is likely to prosecute. It is important to have a qualified Toronto domestic violence and assault defence lawyer on your side. As a senior criminal defence lawyer, I have the knowledge and the experience necessary to defend charges of violent crimes. I will challenge the prosecution's case and work hard for your acquittal.

I work to expose those who make reckless accusations to advance a separation or divorce strategy. I expose lack of evidence and complaints without any confirmed injury or uncorroborated threat allegations. I conduct independent investigations and thoroughly prepare your case for court.

Working to Preserve Your Freedom

In domestic assault and threatening cases, the bail conditions are as much of a concern as the charges themselves. The conditions are very specific, restrictive and usually include a prohibition on cohabiting or communicating with the complainant while your case is pending. You will be allowed to return to your home one time, with a police escort, for personal belongings. If appropriate, I will file an application for a bail variation with the Superior Court of Justice seeking a change or variation to the conditions of your bail.

Some clients may be eligible for the Partner Assault Response program (PARs). This is a domestic violence program that you attend in exchange for being granted a discharge. This type of resolution will require you to plead guilty and can cause problems for you.

Sometimes the charges can be disposed of by you agreeing to participate in remedial programs, such as anger management and marriage counselling, and by agreeing to sign a peace bond stating that you promise to keep the peace and be of good behaviour. You may also then be allowed to have contact and to cohabit with the complainant with the complainant's prior written revocable consent. Such a resolution is not automatic; it is the Crown's decision, and careful negotiation is essential. I have been successful in these negotiations on many occasions for my clients.

Call Defence Lawyer Anthony De Marco for a Free Consultation

Contact my Toronto, Ontario, office today to discuss your domestic assault or threatening case. I offer a free 30-minute consultation. For your convenience, I accept Visa and offer payment plans. You can reach me by phone at ( 416) 651- 2299 or toll free at 1-888-399-3164 or via e-mail.