(Calgary, P.C.) The accused was acquitted at trial after the judge believed his testimony in relation to an allegation of breaching bail conditions.
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In Alberta, allegations involving domestic violence receive special attention from the Court, Crown and law enforcement. In Calgary, there is a specialized domestic violence courtroom, populated by specifically designated prosecutors who operate alongside the Calgary Police Service, Victim’s Assistance and other State funded organizations, such as HomeFront. The domestic violence guideline is victim orientated.
What distinguishes domestic violence offences from other similar charges is the relationship between the parties. Though domestic violence protocols are generally activated in circumstances of cohabitation, the specialized court is often used in situations involving close personal relationships where the parties reside separate and apart. Domestic violence generally embraces offences such as assault, uttering threats, mischief and criminal harassment.
If you have been charged with a domestic violence offence there is a high likelihood that you are subject to a no-contact order with the complainant, an area restriction prohibiting your attendance at your own home and perhaps restrictive conditions that prevent you from having access to your children. These restrictions may cause personal, economic and financial hardship that negatively impacts all parties (including the complainant).
Ironically, the complainant-centric domestic violence protocol may have the undesired effect of victimizing or even re-victimizing the parties.
You may even be the real victim.
Though many domestic violence charges are initiated by persons who truly require the assistance of the police, Crown or court, it is not unusual for proceedings to commence as a result of an ulterior motive, such as a child custody dispute or disagreement over who retains the primary residence.
With every domestic violence charge, the accused is placed on bail. Since conditions of release generally restrict one’s everyday life (such as the place a person calls home), the likelihood of breaching bail is oftentimes dramatically and unreasonably increased.
I am a Calgary domestic violence lawyer who understands your rights and appreciates your situation. I have successfully defended the entire spectrum of domestic violence related offences and routinely secure positive outcomes without the need of going to trial.
Recent Case Results
August 2014 (Cochrane, P.C.)
David obtained Crown agreement to a peace bond in relation to allegations of domestic assault.