Domestic violence covers a wide range of offences under the Criminal Code of Canada. Those offences can include both physical abuse as well as sexual abuse. Domestic violence cases often go to court, and a judge or jury decides the outcome. Not having legal representation in your corner throughout a domestic violence case can be a serious mistake.
Moreover, it can cost you serious time and money. The legal team at Bourdon Defence regularly defends individuals who face accusations of domestic violence by representing them in court at hearings and trials. Our experienced lawyers may be able to help you obtain a complete dismissal of your domestic violence charge, or, in the alternative, argue for a lesser penalty, such as a period of criminal probation.
Benefits of Legal Representation
Domestic violence cases are intensely personal, and individuals may file a domestic violence charge against someone for a variety of reasons. In some cases, there may even be an ulterior motive at work. Spouses and domestic partners often pursue domestic violence charges against one another out of retaliation (e.g., a new love interest) or in order to obtain physical or legal custody of a child. Because of the potential penalties upon conviction for a domestic violence charge, including fines and jail time, it is essential that you have a criminal defence lawyer by your side throughout your case. An experienced lawyer can:
- Investigate all of the legal facts and circumstances of your case
- Gather evidence to use at a criminal hearing or trial
- Help you formulate a good legal defence to your domestic violence charge
- Represent you at all court proceedings
- Negotiate with the crown prosecutor on your behalf (i.e., potentially negotiating a charge reduction on your behalf)
Costs of Representation
The cost of obtaining legal representation in a Calgary domestic violence case depends upon a variety of factors. Some of those factors include the following:
- Lawyer experience - Generally speaking, the more experience a criminal defence lawyer has, the more he or she will charge for legal services.
- Lawyer reputation - Going along with the lawyer’s experience level is the lawyer and his or her law firm’s reputation. In most cases, the longer the lawyer has been practicing and the longer a law firm has been in existence, the higher the legal fee.
- The seriousness of the charge - In most cases, the more serious the domestic violence charge, as well as the seriousness of the facts and circumstances alleged, the higher the legal fee. A lawyer or law firm will also probably charge more if the domestic violence case involves child custody, visitation, or paternity issues.
Call a Calgary Domestic Violence Defence Lawyer Today
If you face charges of domestic violence, you should contact the experienced lawyers at Bourdon Defence to find out how we can help. To schedule a free consultation and case evaluation with a Calgary domestic violence defence lawyer, please call us today at (403) 474-4143, or contact us online.