Most people do not realize that the Alberta justice system created special courts to handle domestic assaults in Calgary and Edmonton. Any event of fights, arguments or altercations between spouses, siblings and other relatives can fall under the jurisdiction of these specialized courts. For defendants facing domestic assault charges in these cities, this means the Crown also maintains a team of specialized prosecutors for these cases.
The same trust relationship that invokes the jurisdiction of the specialized domestic assault courts of Calgary and Edmonton also triggers the use of protection orders. In civil law, particularly in the context of sexual harassment and conjugal cases, a restraining order may be established by a court.
In the criminal context, a protection order such as a no contact order usually follows a conviction for domestic assault. In rare circumstances these orders would be issued while a defendant is in police custody.
Whatever may be your case, when it comes to domestic assault in Alberta, you need an experienced criminal defence lawyer to defend your rights and your freedom. Whether you are under arrest or not, if a protection order has been put in place in your case, I can help you.
If you have been arrested, charged or suspect you are under criminal investigation for domestic assault, contact my office at 403-800-7071 or toll free at 800-678-6941.