A conviction for domestic assault on a spouse or partner can affect your life in many ways. A criminal record may make it more difficult for you in the job market. You may not be able to travel to the United States. In what may be the biggest impact of them all, you may be unable to see your children or to actively participate in their lives.
At the Ottawa law firm of Engel & Associates, our lawyers use their experience and resources to investigate domestic assault charges. Our firm will work hard to determine what actually happened and whether allegations of abuse were fabricated or embellished by someone who had an emotional motivation for filing the charges.
One of the most important jobs of a criminal defence lawyer is to educate clients on the process and what they can anticipate down the road. At our firm, we will explain the concept of a discharge, which is essentially pleading guilty without having to answer yes to questions on employment applications asking if you have ever been convicted of a crime.
We will also explain the advantages and disadvantages of going to trial. If you have questions regarding restrictions of contact and other consequences after an arrest, we will be happy to answer them.
If you have been arrested for domestic violence in Ontario, or have been contacted by authorities, contact Bruce Engel at Engel & Associates. Call our Ottawa office 24 hours a day, seven days a week at (613) 235-6324.