Domestic Assault Charges: Putting Your Personal Life In Turmoil

For many of our clients, a charge of domestic assault is a sudden, traumatic interruption to every aspect of their lives.

The first question they ask is, "Can I go back home?"

Because of the nature of domestic assault charges, most people charged are only allowed out of jail if they agree not to go home or have any contact with their alleged victim. This means that they have to find another place to live. They may also have to avoid many other aspects of their daily lives, including contact with their own children.

It can be challenging to live this way until the trial, which may take a while in coming. It can be difficult and painful for the accused, the alleged victim and their children. The family left behind is often concerned with the practical and emotional aspects of suddenly having to cope without a breadwinner or parent.

At Muenz Law Office, we will help you deal with this one step at a time.

What Happens Now?

For most of our clients, our lawyer's initial discussions will include:

  • Bail: We will deal with the conditions of your release, either varying them if possible or finding other ways for you to return to life as close to normal as possible until the case is resolved.
  • Diversion: There are often alternative methods to deal with the charge, such as Peace Bonds or counselling. These can help you avoid court and may prevent a criminal record, which may affect your immigration status as well as your ability to work, travel or advance in your career.
  • Strategy: We will consider the evidence against you and your chances at trial. If your priority is in clearing your name, our approach may be very different from the approach we will take if your priority is to get back to your home as soon as possible.

Your case may include the use of weapons, sexual assault charges, or harm to children. You may be in the middle of a marital breakdown and worried about this charge being used against you during divorce or custody proceedings. If so, our options may be somewhat more limited.

It's vital to start working to protect you from serious consequences as soon as possible.

Contact Muenz Law Office

Our office represents clients facing domestic violence-related charges in Calgary and surrounding areas. Fill out our online form or call 587-316-1499.