Preparing Your Defence in A Domestic Assault Case
There are always two sides to every story; this is especially true in domestic violence cases. Domestic violence cases are “credibility” cases, where often the only people who know what really happened are the complainant and the defendant. These require a lawyer with a great deal of knowledge and experience to defend successfully.
The first step that we at the Defence Group will take to prepare your case is to get a complete understanding of your domestic relationship. Are you married, separated, divorced? Are you fighting with your spouse about custody, support, division of assets, possession of the matrimonial home? Often, allegations of domestic violence are fabricated or exaggerated by one spouse to gain an advantage in custody or divorce proceedings; a detailed analysis of the situation, including the complainant’s motives, is an essential first step in preparing a strategy to defend your case.
Once we have a good understanding of the background and the incident, we will interview witnesses, review the disclosure, conduct an independent review of the evidence, even retain the services of a private investigator if the situation requires it. If you have a divorce lawyer, we will work with him or her to make sure that we have access to all of the information that will help us to defend your case and help with your matrimonial case as well.
At The Defence Group, we have a high success rate in getting domestic violence charges dropped without a trial- which saves you time and money. Because of our extensive preparation and background analysis, and with our specialized knowledge of how the police and prosecutors work, our experience, and our contacts, we are often able to prove to the Crown that the charges were fabricated by a spouse or partner who was intent on manipulating the justice system, and persuade them to drop the case. Our approach to negotiation in these cases is one of the big advantages of hiring the Defence Group to represent you in a domestic violence case.