Domestic assault is a serious criminal offence. If convicted in Vancouver, you could be imprisoned for up to 5 years. There could also be other restrictions enforced as part of your sentence. Furthermore, a conviction for domestic assault could seriously damage your reputation. Following a conviction, you may find that it is more difficult to get a new job and that you may not be allowed to travel to certain countries. If you are facing charges for domestic abuse, you should contact a domestic assault lawyer immediately. Here’s why:
1. A domestic assault lawyer will provide guidance
Domestic assault cases are complicated legal matters. Fortunately, domestic assault lawyers have the knowledge and skill to handle such matters. When you hire a domestic assault lawyer, they will know exactly what needs to be done and will explain all procedures and prepare you for the tough questions you will be confronted with during the case.
A domestic assault lawyer will protect your rights
You still have rights when you’ve been charged with a domestic assault. In trying to get a conviction, the police and prosecutors may use a variety of tactics, some of which may violate your rights. However, if you hire a domestic assault lawyer, they will ensure that this does not happen.
A domestic assault lawyer will prove your innocence
Your domestic assault lawyer will fight to prove your innocence. They will work with private investigators to collect evidence and find witnesses who can provide testimony to vindicate you. Your lawyer will also cross-examine the prosecution’s witnesses to uncover gaps in their case.
A domestic assault lawyer can get reduced sentences
While there is a maximum sentence for domestic assault, the consequences of a conviction vary greatly based on several factors. For those facing the maximum sentence, a plea agreement could result in a shorter prison term. If you are a first-time offender, you may be given a noncustodial sentence. A noncustodial sentence is one that does not involve a prison term. Probation, fines and community service are examples of noncustodial sentences. Whatever the case is, your domestic assault lawyer will explore all options to help you get the most favourable outcome.
Are you looking for a domestic assault lawyer in Vancouver?
Sentences for criminal offences are harsher than before. And now, criminal record checks reveal charges even when there was not a conviction. If you’ve been accused of domestic assault, you need an experienced domestic assault lawyer with a proven track record on your side. That is what you get when you work with Tom Doust. With over 20 years of experience practising criminal law, Tom Doust – Vancouver Trial Lawyer will provide personal attention and quality representation as he fights to protect your rights.
The best time to consult a lawyer is from the very moment you’ve been called in by the police for questioning in relation to a domestic assault. This could help you to avoid the charges in the first place. So, what are you waiting for? Give us a call today to schedule an appointment. The initial consultation is free, and Tom Doust will assess your case and advise you of the best way forward.