There are a wide variety of offences that can be charged under the Criminal Code that are considered to be violent offences. They are often categorized by the alleged target of the violence, type of violence, or result of the violence. There are also general categories of violent offences which include common assault, assault with a weapon or causing bodily harm and aggravated assault.
Domestic Violence charges and domestic violence court relate to allegations between persons with a prior relationship between eachother and spousal violence generally involves one domestic partner allegedly assaulting the other.
However, this area of law goes beyond husband and wife or boyfriend and girlfriend relationships and can include various age groups and all types of relationships.
When people are arrested and released from custody on domestic/spousal violence charges they are often forced to have no contact with their family members or loved ones and have to move out of their homes, all because of a police or court order. This can obviously have a significant impact on your life.
When the type of violence involves sexual touching, intercourse or possession of sexually oriented material the allegations are generally referred to as sexual violence. These types of charges can include sexual assault, sexual interference, indecent acts or procuring persons for sexual purposes.
A sexual violence allegation is a serious matter as the potential outcomes are often significant jail sentences, mandatory long term registration in the Sexual Offender Information Registry, and the stigma associated with a conviction.
The lawyers at Banks Gubbins Andrews have extensive experience in this ever changing field of law and can be invaluable in all aspects of your defence including the advice on the most advantageous mode of trial; advancing specific evidentiary applications to ensure the Court is aware of all relevant aspects of your defence and conducting effective and engaged trial examinations.
Finally, if as a result of the violence a death occurs, then a person could be charged with a variety of extremely serious offences including the most serious; manslaughter or murder. Needless to say, being convicted of any of these type of offences will almost certainly drastically change someone's life; not only with the stigma of the conviction but with a potential outcome of mandatory life imprisonment.
The lawyers at Banks, Gubbins Andrews have extensive experience in defending clients charged with every type of violent offence including domestic, sexual or fatality related charges. We understand the intricacies and nuances associated with the defence of each of these types of violent offences and can advise you appropriately. Contact us today to speak to a local experienced criminal defence lawyer at Banks Gubbins Andrews.