Crimes of violence encompass numerous categories of offences such as threats, assault, domestic assault, and sexual assault. Through meticulous cross-examination, and thorough preparation of the testimony of the client, King Defence has successfully defended clients against all categories of violent crimes. King  Defence will listen to your version of events and walk you through the process of getting prepared to take the stand in your own defence.

A threat involves the accused person telling someone, whether the intended victim or another person, that the accused person intends to apply unwanted physical force to a person or their property. This crime, as with most crimes, involves an element of intention to cause fear or carry through with the threat. Often the defence to this offence is that the accused did not intend to cause fear (the accused person was joking or blowing off steam without any seriousness).

Many cases of assault have defences of self-defence or consensual fight. In these cases, it is important that the accused person be prepared to take the stand and testify as to their version of the events. Because most of these crimes are not caught on video tape, and often lack physical evidence that can be physically linked to the accused person, eyewitnesses are required to testify.

Robbery involves the threat of violence or an actual assault while committing or attempting to commit a theft. Simply raising a hand in a threatening manner while taking something from a person without permission can constitute a personally robbery. See Property and Monetary Crimes for more information.

Domestic assault can involve a spouse, family member, or even someone you are dating. In a domestic assault charge, the situation can become emotionally charged on both sides. Issues regarding bail conditions can make the situation even more difficult when there are no-contact orders in place keeping the accused person from their home and/or their children. Normally, to change these conditions, a third party such a lawyer is required to gather information and convince the Crown Prosecutor or the court to change the conditions to allow the accused person access to children and to try to get some normalcy back in the accused person’s life.

In the case of sexual assault, it is very rare to have a witness to the actual alleged incident other than the complainant, which makes cross-examination of the witnesses even more important. In cases involving children, a special soft technique of cross-examination often gets a better result than attempting to challenge the child on the stand. A thorough cross-examination of the witness can be used to test the credibility of the witness. The credibility of the witness becomes an issue at trial, especially if the accused person wishes to testify and the accused person’s version of the event is different. Thorough preparation of the accused person to take the stand and to testify in their own behalf is also extremely important. Most people who take the stand are not professional witnesses who are used to being cross-examined for many hours.

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