DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND RELATED OFFENCES

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND RELATED OFFENCES

Experienced Defence for Domestic Assault and Its Related Offences

It is the general policy of government and law enforcement to make an arrest when called to the scene of alleged domestic violence or abuse. Even if there is virtually no evidence of genuine wrongdoing, simply the accusation of a person is enough to lead to serious criminal charges.

At the law firm of Neuberger & Partners LLP, our Toronto domestic violence lawyers strive to provide thorough and effective legal representation for clients accused of domestic violence crimes. We are an experienced and highly-skilled Ontario criminal defence firm with a proven record of success serving clients across the Greater Toronto Area and nearby communities.

The Intersection of Criminal Charges and Divorce

Often allegations of domestic abuse and criminal harassment occur during or just prior to the breakdown of a marriage or common law relationship. Mandatory charge and prosecution policies result in serious implications for persons accused of domestic violence.

Typically the individual charged is removed from the home and is held for a bail hearing. The terms of release on bail can cause considerable hardship and have negative impact on family relations including custody and access. Unfortunately, there has been a growing trend over the last decade for criminal charges to be used as leverage in a family court proceeding in order to remove a spouse from the home and thwart custody and access.

Joseph Neuberger has extensive experience in defending domestic charges, especially in the context of high-conflict divorce. We work closely with family law lawyers to develop a comprehensive defence that includes our review of all material available including the family court documents and we always construct detailed cross-examinations of complainants drawing upon evidence or contradictions that we uncover in the family court pleading, affidavits and examinations, in order to challenge the credibility and reliability of the complainant.

Comprehensive Approach to Criminal Defence.

We conduct extensive defence investigations often with the retention of private investigators to obtain evidence to undermine the assertions of the complainant. We seek out and review any and all communications between the parties including emails, MSN chats, facebook chats, etc to uncover defence evidence. The lawyers at Neuberger & Partners LLP spend a significant amount of time working with the client in preparing him or her for the trial. In addition to our strategies for developing strong cross-examinations, we equally employ effective strategies in developing the client’s knowledge of the case and the criminal justice process in order to fully prepare the client for testimony at trial.

It is imperative in any domestic assault or abuse case that the lawyer representing you have extensive experience with these types of cases and is not only familiar with family court proceedings, but is adept in utilizing all possible information and experts to develop a strong defence. In past cases, through hard work on behalf of clients, we have uncovered fabrications and consequently proved at trial that the allegations were fabricated.

The range of allegations that arise in a domestic context are varied and include threats of violence, criminal harassment, assaults, sexual assaults, and others, but the common theme is that all domestic offences carry significant consequences if a person is found guilty of any such offence. The lawyer you retain to defend such a case must have extensive experience and be regarded in the criminal justice system as a reputable and successful defence counsel in order to properly and fully defend you.

Serious Defence for Serious Cases.

Charges of domestic assault carry serious penalties and consequences beyond the criminal fines or potential jail time involved. Even an accusation of domestic abuse or threats can affect where you can live, when you can see your children, and can almost certainly result in divorce proceedings. Having a criminal record can also become a permanent mark on your record.

With an “arrest first, ask questions later” policy, it is not uncommon for individuals to be unfairly accused, have restraining orders placed against them or face charges that don’t match the circumstances. Our firm can represent your interests in cases involving:

Domestic assault
Criminal harassment
Threatening bodily harm
Threatening death
Related offences

If you have been arrested for a domestic violence-related offence, then you need knowledgeable and effective counsel on your side that can work toward keeping that arrest from becoming a conviction that permanently damages your reputation, your record and your rights.

Rely on Proven Trial Lawyers.

As a law firm well versed in defending charges of violent crimes and backed by a high success rate and proven record,* we challenge the prosecution and fight for you. We work to expose individuals who make reckless accusations to advance a family law or divorce strategy. We expose lack of evidence and complaints without any confirmed injury or corroborated proof of serious threat. Our lawyers cross-examine witnesses, conduct independent investigations and thoroughly prepare your case for court.

Domestic Assault Law Firm Serving Toronto and Scarborough.

Accusations of domestic assault, harassment or uttering death threats are too serious to ignore. When considering your representation, make sure the lawyer you hire has the skill and the record of success to defend you. Call our Toronto office at 416-364-3111 or contact us online to schedule an initial consultation to discuss your defence.

Past results are not necessarily indicative of future results and that the amount recovered and other litigation outcomes will vary according to the facts in individual cases.

CONTACT INFORMATION

1392 Eglinton Avenue West
Toronto, ON M6C 2E4
Fax (416) 364-3271

COVID-19 UPDATE

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in COVID-19 on Tuesday March 17, 2020.

At Neuberger and Partners, we are monitoring the COVID-19 situation and have implemented safety measures to ensure the safety of our clients and staff. Our priority is and always will be the health, well-being and safety of our staff, clients and colleagues.

We have put in place various measures to prevent and minimize the impact of COVID-19:

  • In addition to standard hand-washing habits, our staff are washing hands before and after every client interaction;
  • All individuals entering our office will be required to use our hand sanitizer to ensure the safety of our other clients and staff;
  • Regular disinfecting of our offices, public areas, meeting rooms and board rooms as well as increasing the frequency of disinfection of higher-traffic surface areas;
  • If a lawyer or client who has a scheduled meeting is feeling unwell, they will be strongly encouraged to stay home;
  • For the time being, we will avoid greeting clients and colleagues with our usual handshakes;
  • We will make every effort to ensure our firm will be stocked up with extra tissue and alcohol-based hand sanitizer; and
  • We will monitor and stay informed from the Government of Canada and World Health Organization for facts as they become available. We will ensure all staff and team members are educated on symptoms and are well informed on prevention and best practices.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Will the firm still run if there are closures?

  • We are committed to assisting our clients. We remain open to assist our clients at this time (following aforementioned standards for health and safety). For clients who wish to communicate with our firm virtually, we have the technology for virtual meetings and are able to respond to the needs of our clients in a manner best to protect our staff and clients’ health.

Are staff and lawyers set up to work virtually?

  • All lawyers and staff are set up to work virtually and continue to assist clients and one another remotely. All lawyers are available via telephone, email and virtual video conferencing.

What is the court situation? How will we deal with court closures?

  • At this time, the Superior Court of Justice is closed from March 17, 2020 to June 1, 2020 – unless a judge orders otherwise.
    If you have a March matter, your matter will be postponed to June 2, 2020.
    April matters will be postponed to June 3, 2020 and May matters will be pushed to June 4, 2020.
  • Similarly, the Ontario Court of Justice will be closed for 10 weeks for all out of custody matters in criminal practice court. In custody matters will still be addressed. It is unclear if out of custody matters such as trials or preliminary hearings will continue since the courts have left this decision to the discretion of the judges. However, Bail courts will remain open for the time being.
  • The Court of Appeal for Ontario has suspended all scheduled appeals until April 3, 2020. But we are still able to file materials and apply for urgent appeals to be heard.
  • We will advise clients by email of their next Court date.

How can payments be made?

  • Payments can be made via e-transfer and visa payments can be made over the phone.

If I have to deliver something to my lawyer, how shall I go about it?

  • For clients who wish to drop off documents but do not wish to come in contact with any one at the firm, you are encouraged to drop them off in our mail slot in front of our office.

We will be open and available for any questions, comments or concerns. Please call (416) 364-3111 for any further information.

Stay safe and healthy,

Joseph Neuberger