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Domestic assault cases are treated with zero tolerance, so it can sometimes seem as though you’re guilty until proven innocent. Domestic assault charges have the power to severely disrupt your life and the lives of your loved ones. They can destroy your family, ruin your reputation and even prevent you from seeing your children. If you are under investigation for domestic assault, contact criminal lawyer Tom Doust for help. With years of experience in criminal law, he can help you get your life back.

What is domestic assault?

Domestic assault is any act of violence, controlling behaviour or coercion in an intimate relationship. It can be physical or emotional and includes simple assault, issuing threats, sexual assault, aggravated assault, assault occasioning bodily harm and assault with a weapon. Domestic assault can also occur between former partners.

Penalties for domestic assault in Canada

Even if a complainant does not wish to press charges, the Crown’s Counsel always recommends the offender be charged following a domestic assault allegation. The penalty for domestic assault depends on the degree of the crime and your background – for example, your criminal history.

You will likely serve jail time if convicted. Depending on the severity of the crime, you could serve up to: 

  • Two years for a minor offence
  • Five years for a serious offence
  • Ten years for an offence of sexual nature or one causing bodily harm
  • Fourteen years for aggravated domestic assault

The courts will likely release you on bail until your trial date if you have no history of violence. Before releasing you, however, they will also consider factors like your employment, mental and physical health and history of drug use.

How can Tom Doust help?

Dealing with an assault charge on your own is extremely risky because they threaten your very freedom. With Tom Doust as your legal representative, you have a better chance of getting your life back. Here’s how Tom Doust and our team can help you with your caseꓽ

  • Provide legal representation. Having Tom Doust as your criminal defence lawyer ensures your voice is heard throughout your trial.
  • Present a strong defence. Tom Doust has extensive knowledge of the legal system. He will examine all the facts in your case and exploit any weaknesses to mount a strong defence.
  • Protect your rights. Tom Doust will help you understand the entire process and your rights, which will help you make more informed decisions about your case. If your case leads to litigation, he will ensure you receive a fair trial.
  • Handle all the paperwork. Our team will take care of all the paperwork for your case, ensuring everything is done properly and eliminating delays in processing.
  • Save time and money. By helping you avoid common mistakes, we can ensure your case is dealt with properly and promptly. We can also help prevent any additional costs, such as fines, which will help you save money.

If you are searching for a criminal lawyer in Vancouver and want to learn more about how Tom Doust can help, complete our online contact form or call us today to schedule a consultation to discuss your case.

How Tom Doust can help

Typically, it’s not recommended to deal with the legal system on your own. Without an experienced criminal lawyer’s legal guidance and support, you may end up worse off than when you began. So how exactly can Mr. Doust help with your domestic assault case?

Legal representation

If you have no legal experience, trial proceedings can be unfamiliar and difficult to manoeuvre without help. It can be hard to advocate on your own behalf in a criminal case, and having a lawyer on your side can make a huge difference. An experienced criminal lawyer will represent you in all litigation proceedings and ensure your case is handled efficiently and resolved quickly.

A strong defence

Tom Doust has 25 years of experience handling criminal matters. He will carefully examine all the evidence in your case to find the strategy that gives you the best chance of success. Our team will also collect additional evidence to help with your defence. With a strong enough defence, your charges may be dropped or reduced.

Faster processing time

Yet another way Mr. Doust can help with your domestic assault case is by ensuring it is processed quickly. He will make sure all information and documents are submitted on time, reducing delays. Having a criminal lawyer to work in your best interests gives you the best chance of getting back to your life quickly.

Protection of your rights

An important reason to hire Tom Doust to represent you is that he can protect your rights. You retain your rights regardless of whether you are accused of domestic assault. Tom Doust guarantees that your rights are secured by ensuring you receive a fair trial and have a proper defence.

Do You Need a Criminal Lawyer in Vancouver?

If you need help with a domestic assault case in British Columbia, contact the law office of Tom Doust. To discuss your case and determine if Mr. Doust is the right criminal lawyer for you, call (604) 618-7994 today or complete our online contact form for a free consultation.

If you are facing criminal charges, you need to know all of your options. Contact trial lawyer Tom Doust now to set up a free consultation to discuss the potential defences to your case.