Criminal Assaults and Threats Lawyer in Calgary, AB
What are Crimes of Violence
Simple assault is perhaps the most common charge laid in our criminal justice system. However, you may be charged with other violence-based offences, ranging from uttering threats to murder. If you have been charged with a crime of violence, you may be facing some of the most severe penalties possible in the Criminal Code.
At Muenz Criminal Law, our team of Calgary criminal defence lawyers will diligently investigate the charges against you, develop your case, defend your position, and pursue your preferred outcome.
If you've been charged with:
- Assault or aggravated assault
- Uttering threats
- Causing bodily harm
- Using a weapon
- Kidnapping or abduction
- Criminal harassment
- First or second degree murder
Protecting You from The Most Serious Consequences
There are a number of defences we can use.
Two of the more common ones are:
- Self-Defense: Many charges of assault stem from scuffles or events in which everything happened very quickly and it’s hard to figure out who did what to whom and who attacked first. If you were acting to protect yourself or somebody else, we will work to get the necessary evidence from eyewitnesses or other sources in order to prove it.
- Consent: Getting into a fight with another person who is fully prepared to fight you is very different from assaulting someone who is trying to avoid physical harm. Again, this may require witness testimony.
In general, any charge will be treated more seriously by the court if
- There were weapons involved
- There was bodily harm
- The alleged victim was vulnerable in some way (for example, a minor)
Minimizing The Damage
Sometimes our clients come to us with a situation where there is no reasonable chance of attaining an acquittal – for example, a situation where security cameras caught the entire exchange.
In those cases, our aim is to minimize the consequences you face, by working with the Crown prosecutor to reduce the charges or to get treatment. We can get you into anger management, counselling and other alternative methods to deal with the charge. We can also pursue a peace bond in which you agree to certain conditions in exchange for keeping the incident off your record.