Charged With Assault in Ontario
Assault is defined in the Criminal Code as the intentional application of force to another person without their consent. Assault can also be an attempt or threat to apply force (threat of an assault) that the alleged victim reasonably believes will be carried out. To be accused of the more serious offence of assault causing bodily harm, a police officer must have reasonable grounds to believe that an assault has occurred, and that the injury to the victim is “more than mere trifling in nature”.
As indicated above, assault charges vary in degrees. For example, if an assault is committed in circumstances of a sexual nature, the assault charge is elevated to sexual assault. If one intentionally applies force to another using a weapon, he would be charged with assault with a weapon. For assault with a weapon, an accused may be liable for assault charges whether or not the weapon is actually used to inflict an injury, provided the instrument was used in a threatening manner. If the victim is wounded, maimed or disfigured, or his or her life is endangered, the charge is elevated to aggravated assault. In general, the more serious the injury to the victim, the more serious the assault will be treated by the courts. Additionally, a guilty finding or verdict for assault charges may result in a criminal record, which can be both detrimental in today’s competitive job market and make international travel problematic. However, we have been very successful in having many of our client’s charge(s) reduced to a peace bond, or have achieved an outright withdrawal of the charge(s) or an acquittal after trial. See what our other clients are saying about us.
Most assault crimes take place in the context of a dispute between people who know each other, including situations where the parties are related, married, living common law, or otherwise involved in an intimate relationship (“domestic”assault) In any scenario where the parties know each other, there are many reasons an alleged victim may decide to make a false allegation. As experienced assault lawyers in Toronto, we know how to uncover and expose such lies, which can be instrumental to a successful defence of these charges.
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Assault charges also may arise in circumstances where the parties are not previously known to each other. In these situations, Toronto’s Criminal Defence Team can assist with our extensive knowledge and experience in challenging identification evidence, or raising defences such as self-defence, defence of property or defence of others. Occasionally, an assault charge is laid following a consensual fight where the loser is the first to call the police. Through a careful analysis of evidence, experienced criminal defence lawyers know how to expose the motives and lies behind an allegation of assault.
Have you been charged with assault in Toronto?
If you have been charged with an assault (or, you believe you may be charged with assault), it is important that you retain an experienced assault lawyer in Toronto as soon as possible. Providing your story to police before you retain a lawyer can be detrimental to your defence by having the potential of adversely affecting your lawyer’s ability to best defend your case. This is why it is most important to exercise your right to remain silent and contact us at your first opportunity.
Toronto’s Criminal Law Team have a combined experience of over 60+ years specifically in Criminal Law, and have defended hundreds of clients charged with all types of assaults. Immediate legal advice at the earliest stage of your case, followed by representation by knowledgeable counsel throughout your case, could help you avoid a guilty verdict and potentially severe consequences. If you have been charged with an assault, please contact The Criminal Law Team 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)