What are Domestic Charges?
In the Canadian law, there is no offence called domestic assault. When you are charged with a domestic offence it connotes the nature of the relationship between the accused and the complainant. Domestic charges can range from simple assault, sexual assault, to homicide (murder).
During a trial, the Crown is not required to prove that the offence (such as criminal harassment) occurred in a domestic context, they would only need to prove that you committed the offence of criminal harassment. But, during a sentencing hearing, the fact that the offence occurred in a domestic relationship will be a relevant consideration.
Where Would my Charges be in Brampton?
In Brampton, the Ontario Court of Justice (low court) and the Superior Court of Justice (high court) are located at 7755 Hurontario Street, Brampton, Ontario. So, if you are charged with domestic violence in Brampton, Mississauga, Malton, your criminal charge will be heard at 7755 Hurontario.
How Do I Defend My Domestic Assault Charge?
Defending a domestic assault, and a regular assault is the same. If the matter is unable to resolve before a trial, you have a trial wherein the Crown must prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. They would do this by calling evidence, such as the complainant, and other evidence to support the offences. After the Crown closes their case, you would have the opportunity to call your own evidence which includes testifying in your defence.
Lockyer Zaduk Zeeh are Mississauga domestic assault and Brampton domestic assault lawyers. We have substantial experience representing people charged with the most serious domestic offences, and we would be willing to assist you. Please contact us at 416-613-0416 to speak with one of our lawyers.