Accusations or charges of domestic assault are taken very seriously in Saskatchewan and can have lasting effects on your life. If you are facing domestic assault accusations or charges, it is important to retain legal counsel immediately. Our lawyers will take the time to listen to your side of the story and ensure that all facts are taken into consideration.
Domestic is a criminal offence that involves a family member or a current/former romantic partner. Criminal charges that arise out of a domestic situation are taken more seriously by the Crown and the Court than non-domestic assaults, and Crown Prosecutors are more likely to seek jail time for domestic assault than for assaults involving a stranger. Even if the complainant who made the allegation later withdraws it, it is up to the Crown Prosecutor to decide whether they will pursue charges against you. The penalties for domestic violence can range significantly depending on the specific charge. A first-time conviction for domestic assault can result in penalties from a peace bond to 14 years in prison. If you have been previously convicted of intimate partner violence, you could face life in prison.
If you have been charged with domestic assault, you need to act quickly to protect your rights and interests. The team at Andrews Benko & Associates has years of experience providing criminal defence services to clients facing charges related to domestic violence in Saskatchewan. We know how much this can impact your life and what it takes to defend against these charges. Contact us today.