Domestic Assault Lawyer Toronto
Domestic assault is known as domestic abuse, spousal abuse, and family violence. Domestic violence is the pattern of abusive behaviour or physical violence by one or both partners in an intimate relationship. The intimate relationship could involve marriage, dating, family, friends or cohabitation.
Forms of domestic violence include: the application of physical force or the threat of physical force as well as violence employing the use of a weapon or the threat to employ any object that could be used as a weapon.
An incident of domestic violence usually ends with the victim or third party calling the police. If you have been charged with domestic assault, you may have been arrested and taken to a police station for further questioning and booking. You may have been released that night on some form of release and given a court date or kept in jail until your bail hearing which may happen the next day or a few days later under special circumstances.
In may cases, especially if the alleged domestic assault is not reported immediately or soon after the occurrence, a police officer may place a call to a suspect asking them to come down to the station to “answer some questions, get their side of the story or perhaps, just to straighten a few things out.” As a rule, it is never in a suspect or accused person’s interest to provide any kind of verbal or written statement to the police at the time of questioning or interrogation. Such statements or even partial statements rarely assist an accused person and might actually make it more difficult for that person to testify on their own behalf, should the matter ever proceed to trial.
In a domestic assault case, conditions of Release or Bail will minimally include:
- That you not have any contact with or communicate directly or indirectly with the victim
- That you not attend the address where the victim is staying even if it is your home as well.
Upon arrest or processing and while in police custody the police should be encouraged to document and photograph any injuries you may have but in the event no photographs are taken, the domestic assault lawyers at the Criminal Law Team will ensure that this evidence is preserved in the event that a trial becomes necessary.
At the conclusion of the trial there will be a verdict. If you are found not guilty then you are free to go and the terms of the bail no longer apply. If you are found guilty then there will be a sentencing hearing.
Sentencing may or may not result in jail time, depending on many factors including the severity of the alleged assault and/or the existence of a prior conviction for the same or a similar type of offence. However, it will nearly always involve probation. Probation often compels some sort of psychological counseling and in some circumstances, a requirement that the accused person avoid contact with the victim unless it is with their written revocable consent.
Being accused of a domestic assault can be an overwhelming experience. Knowing that you have 60+ years of experience from Toronto domestic assault lawyers Bruce Karten & Stephen Hebscher defending your case will give you the confidence and peace of mind you need to help you through the process, and get you the best result possible in the shortest possible period of time. Give us a call today for your free confidential consultation.
I came to Stephen Hebscher with a somewhat irregular case. Both my spouse and I had been mutually charged with domestic assault, a legal situation that neither of us had wished upon each other. While my spouse's lawyer had been content to seek mutually binding peace bonds, Stephen was able to get in front of the case and negotiate a withdrawal of both of our charges- the best possible outcome on BOTH sides of the table – once we successfully completing the PARs program. I remain entirely pleased with Stephen's competency, professionalism and accessibility, and would not hesitate to recommend him as a criminal defence lawyer. L.A.
Mr. Hebscher: I would like to thank you for your excellent representation of me in relation to the domestic assault charges that you worked so hard to have withdrawn. You have made a critical difference in my future and I am very happy with the outcome. I also appreciate your hard work, and the extra time and effort you have put in to deal with all the other issues that came along. I thank you for being a phone call away (or email) even when you did not have to be. I will gladly recommend your services to any of my friends or family should they ever need it. I am very grateful for what you have done.
I am impressed especially after our meeting on Monday – I was resigned that something bad would befall me, so I am very blessed to have this outcome. I thank you for the hard work that you have put into this case, and the dedication on getting me this fantastic outcome! I am so glad that we retained you as my lawyer! You have done an outstanding job and allowed me to now rebuild my life. Thank you, Bruce Karten.
Dave B. (Ajax, Ontario)
We were referred to Stephen Hebscher when our child was in need of legal representation. He was charged with sexual assault. As parents, we were quite frightened for our child but Mr. Hebscher was the calm voice of reason. We are very grateful to Mr. Hebscher for the excellent results he got for our child, as the charges were dropped.
J.N. (Toronto, Ontario)
Mr. Hebscher is a very professional lawyer who takes pride in his work and because of this the end result was the judge ruling me not guilty and I got my innocence and life back. My family and I would like to thank you again Stephen Hebscher for doing a wonderful job and also being a very supportive man.
Chris T. (Scarborough, Ontario)
I am happy to report that Bruce’s superior negotiation strategy and ability to present facts effectively helped convince the Crown to reduce his position. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Bruce for getting my charge withdrawn and keep my criminal record clean.
J.S (Toronto, Ontario)
I looked and found Barrister Stephen Hebscher I introduced myself and my case and after listening to all details he was able to ensure me that my case would go well. All charges against me have be thrown out and my life is back to normal.
Blair H. (North York)
Bruce ...The care and concern you showed us during our dealings certainly helped to reduce the stress we were under. I would recommend you without a second thought. Your winning record is a bonus as well. My husband and myself can't thank you enough for all you've done for our family.
Debi T. (Mississauga, Ontario)
Dear Mr. Hebscher...There are not enough words to express my appreciation for your...giving me your undivided attention at all times, work in my case with your heart and soul, that makes you "ONE OF A KIND" lawyer.
Ahmed A. (Brampton, Ontario)
Mr. Bruce Karten was able to help to extricate me from a very serious criminal case containing severe charges, including weapons –threat to use weapons, death threat, harassment,etc. He succeeded in winning my case. I was discharged; was able to keep my career, and no criminal record. This was a tremendous accomplishment, and I am very appreciative of that.
Nickolai V. (Toronto, Ontario)
Again, from the depth of our hearts we sincerely thank you very much for being my Counsel on this case. We now can say you are the BEST and we will surely recommend you to our friends and anybody here we know who needs the best Lawyer in Ontario. You have done an extremely good job and we are very happy with the outcome this morning.
Roman A. (Markham, Ontario)
Mr. Hebscher was the only lawyer who gave me hope and made me feel like I had a real fighting chance. I am extremely satisfied with the quick results that he delivered, and I am happy to say that he was able to convince the court to drop the charges against me and clear my name.
Tina M. (Toronto, Ontario)