In 2021, the Firm defended a client facing various domestic charges, including two counts of assault, forcible confinement, assault with a weapon, and uttering threats in R. v. B.W. . The client was accused following allegations made by his ex-girlfriend, who claimed he had assaulted her after spending a night at his residence. The complainant left the accused’s home and reported the incident at the police station, providing a formal statement. Despite extensive pre-trial discussions with the Crown, the Firm opted for trial as a mutually acceptable plea deal could not be reached. During the trial, the Firm exposed numerous inconsistencies in the complainant’s narrative, leading to the successful dismissal of four out of the five charges. The remaining matter was resolved without a criminal record for the client.
Donich Law possesses expertise in representing clients facing assault allegations within the context of domestic relationships and has played a role in facilitating communication restoration when desired by both parties. In the case of R. v. J.D. , the Firm provided legal representation for an individual accused of assaulting their live-in partner. Although the assault was deemed minor, a no-contact order was imposed, despite objections from the complainant. The complainant enlisted independent legal counsel to aid in re-establishing communication. The Firm collaborated with the complainant’s legal representative to present a unified defence, successfully reinstating contact between the parties and ultimately leading to the withdrawal of the charges.
In 2021, the Firm undertook the representation of an individual facing charges of domestic assault in R. v. A.R.. The complainant claimed that, during a heated argument with her partner, he had pulled her hair and struck her in the face. Subsequently, the accused was apprehended, and a no-contact order was issued. The complainant sought legal counsel to modify the no-contact order, enabling communication between the parties. The Firm collaborated with the complainant’s legal representative to successfully restore communication, leading to the eventual withdrawal of the charges.