Few people realize it, but even a minor street scuffle or a bar altercation can lead to serious consequences. Uttering threats and assault are the two most common violence charges. Conviction for one of these crimes can result in a criminal record, jail time, probation and fines.
Having a lawyer experienced in defending clients against assault charges can be the difference between a positive outcome and disastrous consequences. My experience of 23 years defending accused in assault or other violent offence charges will provide you with the best results as you face your accusers in an Alberta court, where your reputation and your freedom are in jeopardy.
Assault charges often come in the form of conflicting testimony which will be subjected to examination and cross-examination in court, and the way in which that evidence is handled is an important reason for you to rely on an experienced criminal lawyer for your defence.
I have defended clients charged with most types of violent crime. I have defended clients against uttering threats, assault, assault causing bodily harm, aggravated assault, resisting arrest, and first-degree murder. I have extensive experience preparing each case for trial from the very beginning, as well as performing examinations and cross-examinations during trials.
Charges of assault may include:
The consequences of a conviction on assault charges depend on the specific factual circumstances of each case. A minor assault can lead to time in jail and large fines. The use of a weapon during the assault, however, can greatly increase a potential sentence or make it harder for the defence to negotiate possible deals with the Crown to reduce or dismiss charges.
The courts in Alberta have designated specific domestic courts in Edmonton and Calgary to deal exclusively with cases of domestic violence, which includes domestic assault. Episodes of violence and uttering threats among spouses, siblings, relatives and other domestic settings fall under the jurisdiction of these courts. I have handled numerous domestic violence cases before these courts and can help you understand your defence options.
If you or a family member has been arrested or charged with assault, contact my office in Calgary at 403-800-7071 or toll free at 800-678-6941.