Victims (or complainants) in assault cases often do not realize the consequences of calling police during a dispute with their partner, and often do not anticipate their partner being charged with a criminal offence upon the arrival of police.
Some complainants call the police with the intention of having a dispute with their partner de-escalated. Although the situation may involve no injuries or harm, once the police arrive on the scene and conduct an investigation, the likelihood of an arrest is very high if they come across a credible claim of criminal conduct.
Once an arrest has been made, a victim cannot “decline” to press charges or “drop” the charges. Once your partner is arrested, your partner faces criminal charges, the possibility of imprisonment and a criminal record—not to mention being prohibited from contacting you and returning home.
Although the victim has no say in whether the accused is charged and arrested by police, the victim can play a supportive role in the accused’s criminal proceedings by either hiring a lawyer or, the more affordable option, consulting a lawyer to help the victim draft an Affidavit in support of an accused charged with assault.
Although the Affidavit in support of an accused charged with assault will not determine the outcome of the criminal proceedings, it is very beneficial to the accused and goes a long way in assisting the Crown and the Judge in making a favourable determination in the accused’s case.
At Shemon Law, we have represented both sides in assault cases—accused and victims—and understand the ins-and-outs of cases where assault charges are involved. Based on our experience, an Affidavit in support of an accused charged with assault plays a vital role in these types of proceedings.
We charge a competitive flat rate for our Affidavits, and guarantee a 1-2 day turnaround time (depending on your responsiveness and availability).
We serve all of Ontario, and are happy to offer our Affidavit preparation service remotely.
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