The following is a quick question and answer interview with Mr Gregory W Leslie LLB, an experienced Toronto Domestic Assault Lawyer. It is important to note that the answers to the questions do not constitute legal advice, and it is recommended that you contact Mr Leslie for advice on a specific situation. The answers are, as per Mr Leslie, basic in nature as the complexities in domestic assault charges are too numerous to be explained within this Q&A.
Domestic Assault Questions and Answers
Q1: What is considered a domestic assault according to the law in Canada, and are there difference types? (e.g. Same sex domestic assaults, female on male, ages of people involved, marital status e.g. separated, divorced)
A1: Assault on a spouse or partner. Anything else mentioned in the question is not relevant.
Q2: If you have been charged for domestic assault, do you offer any consultations and what is the charge?
A2: Yes we offer over the phone consults (416-955-0430) if you are not in the greater Toronto area (GTA) or in you can meet in person for up to 30 minutes, without charge. We are located conveniently in downtown Toronto, 465 Queen Street East, M5A 1T6.
Q3. What is the average sentence for domestic assault?
A3 It can range from a withdrawal of all charges to a jail sentence, this depends on a number of factors.
Q4. Is the location of the assault relevant? I am not talking about the city of Toronto, I am more interested in the area related to immediate surroundings, for example, if it occurs in your home, public area or hotel?
A4 The location makes no difference, it can happen anywhere at any time.
Q5. Do weapons factor into the classification for domestic assault, or does that change the charge?
A5 It makes a huge difference, and if a weapon is used, it changes the charge to assault with a weapon. You should also be aware that the weapon can be any item, for example a pen.
Q6. Are there any famous domestic assault cases in Toronto that you can legally write about?
A6 There are so many that it would be impossible to find one in particular to discuss.
Q7. In your opinion, what are the things should you look for, when hiring a domestic assault criminal lawyer?
A7: You should look for someone with experience. I have currently been practicing criminal law in Toronto for over 28 years. I have a lot of experience in domestic assault charges.
Q8. Do you only represent people in the Toronto area when dealing with domestic assault, or do you work in all of Ontario?
A8: Most of my cases are in the greater Toronto area and depending on the case, throughout Ontario.
Q9. What has to happen in order to be charged with a domestic assault charge (e.g. police report)
A9: You need to be arrested and charged with a domestic related assault
Q10. If you are cleared of charges, is the charge itself removed from your records? Is this important?
A10: No your records are not automatically removed, however I would bring an application to have all records removed. It is extremely important to do this, and I would encourage you to call our offices if you need further guidance on this matter.
Q11. What is the first thing you need to do if you are charged?
A11: Ask to speak to a lawyer and you do not want to speak to the police about the charges. You need to “know your rights”
Q12. Is it important to remember everything that you say to the police, or will they have a record of everything that happened during their involvement?
A12 Everything will be recorded and could be used against you in court, which makes it important to remain silent and speak to a lawyer as soon as possible.
Q13. Does the influence of alcohol or drugs make a difference when being charge with domestic assault, and does it make a big difference which party is under the influence?
A13 It definitely does make a difference. If you are the accused, the consumption of drug or alcohol could be a mitigating or aggravating factor in your case. On the other side, if the complainant is intoxicated in any way, it will benefit your defense.
This concludes the question and answer session. I thank Mr Gregory W Leslie LLB for his insights into the career of a Toronto Domestic Assault Lawyer. If I can think of any more questions I will be sure to add them to the list.