One of the most common types of offences our lawyers defend are criminal charges relating to Domestic Violence. These “domestic” charges can include assault, uttering threats, theft, mischief to property, and any type of criminal offence that happens in a domestic context. That is because there is actually not a specific charge of “domestic assault” or “domestic violence” in the Criminal Code of Canada. Rather, charges of a “domestic nature” are considered an aggravating factor on sentencing under section 718.2 of the Criminal Code of Canada. “Domestic” can mean a relationship between a husband and wife, a parent and child, sexual partners, siblings, or even other more broadly defined “domestic” relationships.
A finding of guilt will result in a greater difficulty in obtaining bail, an inability to return home, and many other case specific conditions of release that are often reserved for the most serious of offenders.