Domestic-related offences such as assault, mischief, harassment, and other domestic related offences are some of the most commonly occurring offences in our criminal justice system. There is a significant domestic policy that provides for the removal of anyone charged with domestic offences from the home. This can often cause huge hardships for families. There are many ways to expedite a return to the home. There are also many ways to resolve such cases without a criminal record.

Assault can range from relatively minor unwanted physical contact (or fear of physical contact) such as a push all the way to physical contact causing serious bodily injury. Where the assault is caused using any “thing” other than your body, the assault will be considered to be assault with a weapon. All assault charges are serious and all have the prospect of a variety of successful defences. Let me put my experience to work for you. I will review the law with you and determine if you have a defence to the charge. Failing that, I will use my experience to review your case with the crown attorney with a view to reaching a negotiated resolution agreeable to all parties.

Many weapons offences have very significant minimum jail sentences attached to them. It is crucial that you hire an experienced lawyer to assist you in defending such charges. Often times there are technical defences available to you that you are unaware of. Call me, I have the experience to help you.

Our team has the knowledge and extensive trial experience to explain the details of your case and outline your options moving forward. What makes us different from most firms is that we are here when you need us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you have questions about your assault case and want to know the best way to proceed, then contact us now for a free consultation. It is vital that you receive a full and frank review of your case as soon as possible.


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FAQ: Domestic Assault

Domestic Assault may be prosecuted in one of two ways: by summary conviction or by indictment. Almost invariably, Domestic Assault will be prosecuted by summary conviction. If convicted following a trial by summary conviction, you are liable to a fine of up to $2,000 or 18 months' imprisonment or both. Our office can help you understand the specifics of your case and the potential penalties you may be facing. Contact our office to schedule an appointment.
An assault is the intentional application of force, directly or indirectly, to another person without that person's consent. Domestic Assault may also take the form of an attempt or threat, by an act or gesture, to apply force to another person. In this case, however, the Crown must prove you had the present ability to carry out the assault or that the victim believed you did. The degree of alarm felt by the person threatened is irrelevant to a finding of guilt as is your intent to carry out the threat. The threat must cause apprehension of immediate personal violence; a threat to inflict harm at an unspecified time in the future is not an assault. Words alone, while they may be a threat, cannot constitute an assault.
Our office is mainly focused on cases in London, Ontario and surrounding areas, although in some circumstances we have taken on cases outside of this area. Ron Ellis Law has assisted clients from coast to coast - travelling to British Columbia, Halifax and the far north to defend clients. We have also assisted clients in the United States and Europe. We are willing to travel to assist you. We will also defend clients who are publicly funded through Legal Aid Ontario. If you're interested in obtaining legal counsel from Ron Ellis Law please call our office and set up an appointment so we can review the specifics of your case.

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