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The outcome of your domestic violence case can have lasting effects on you and your family. That’s why it’s so important to hire an attorney you can trust to aggressively fight for your rights. Lawrence Forstner is a criminal lawyer in Oshawa and the Durham Region. He is passionate about preserving your dignity, and is ready to handle your domestic violence case.
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Forstner Law pledges to work hard to protect your interests. Since this is a difficult and emotional time in your life, Forstner Law promises to treat you with the care and compassion you deserve. Forstner Law will do everything possible to secure a positive outcome while helping you through this trying time. Let us see you through this confusing, emotionally charged legal process so that you can put the past behind you and move forward toward a brighter future. Call Forstner Law in Oshawa, ON today to schedule your consultation.
The header image on this page contains posters for the 1940's French film called The Red Shoes; about a troubled woman caught between the control of two men. It serves as the inspiration for this article I wrote to discuss the difficulties in this realm. Red shoes have also become a symbol for police against domestic violence. Those charged should prepare themselves to understand some context and the political realities. Forstner Law will prepare you to deal with the stigma and get out front of the issues even before you enter the courtroom. For instance, an accused person would do well to read and understand a pamphlet like this.
The stress involved in being charged is intensified when the alleged victim is your spouse. Police, crown attorneys and the courts have all adopted and adhered to a zero tolerance policy in the domestic context. Police have little discretion when called to a domestic dispute. If they show up it is likely that someone will be charged. Crown's are also directed to rigorously pursue convictions and harsher sentences.
Domestic assaults generate additional difficulties especially if there are children in the mix. After your bail hearing you will not be allowed to return home or have any contact with your partner while charges remain outstanding. Addressing these issues requires the assistance of a talented legal professional. Lawrence has worked with both alleged offenders and victims for years. He understands the complexity of the situation and the system.
Domestic violence is any use of physical or sexual force, actual or threatened, in an intimate relationship. Intimate relationships include those between the opposite sex and same sex partners. These relationships vary in duration and legal formality, and include current and former dating, common law and married couples. Although both women and men can be victims of domestic violence, the overwhelming majority of this violence involves men abusing women.
These crimes are often committed in a context where there is a pattern of assaultive and controlling behaviour. This violence may include physical assault, and emotional, psychological and sexual abuse. It can include threats to harm children, other family members, pets and property. The violence is used to intimidate, humiliate or frighten victims, or to make them powerless. Domestic violence may include a single act of abuse. It may also include a number of acts, which may appear minor or trivial when viewed in isolation, but collectively form a pattern that amounts to abuse.
Criminal Code offences include, but are not limited to, homicide, assault, sexual assault, threatening death or bodily harm, forcible confinement, harassment/stalking, abduction, breaches of court orders and property related offences.
Experts suggest Domestic Violence is not strictly an anger management problem, although it is recognized that it may also come with a general anger problem. Rather, it is an issue of attitudes and behaviour, based on the desire for power and control that is directed at an intimate partner.
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Lawrence Forstner, Criminal Lawyer in Oshawa, Expert Qualifications and Specialized Training:
Former Crown Attorney; Former Probation & Parole Officer; Ontario Domestic Assault Risk Assessment (ODARA), Sex Offender Risk Assessment, Strategic Initiatives in Community Supervision (STICS), Sex Offender Relapse Prevention, Substance Use / Anger Management Group Leader/ Trainer. ( https://ca.linkedin.com/in/forstnerlaw )