Charges of domestic violence and domestic abuse are treated with zero-tolerance Crown policies in Ontario. With the stigma and assumptions faced by those accused of domestic violence or domestic abuse, it is best to be fully informed before making key decisions on how to proceed. A small step can lead to a big mistake, which is why the best initial step is to hire a lawyer who is experienced in handing cases of domestic violence and domestic abuse to ensure that things are handled properly.
Domestic Abuse and Domestic Violence in Canada
When the Crown determines that a situation is of a ‘domestic’ nature, the approach to the case gets a higher degree of seriousness. While this is good news for a victim in such a case, the person charged will face increased difficulty getting bail, going back home, and possibly going back to work. This is because it is a common belief that an abuser will probably hurt the victim again and often with increased severity. This concern is very real and valid but can make life very difficult for the accused who was not yet proven guilty.
Why Hire a Domestic Abuse or a Domestic Violence Lawyer?
Charges of abuse come with a multitude of legal issues which can give rise to more issues and life-long consequences if not addressed effectively as soon as they crop up. An experienced domestic violence lawyer will be able to explain what to expect, what not to do, what can be done as part of the defence, and how to get bail as soon as possible. A good lawyer will also be able to resolve matters as discreetly as possible so that both parties can go back to normal life soon with the least amount of negative long-tern consequences.
Were you or someone you know accused of domestic abuse or domestic violence? Contact Calvin Barry right away! Calvin Barry is a defence lawyer in Toronto with years of court experience and handling charges of domestic abuse and violence.