Domestic Assault Lawyers

From the moment I reached out to Galbally Parker Lawyers for assistance with a complex case involving toll infringements and warrants, I was met with unparalleled professionalism and empathy. Thomas Bell displayed an exceptional understanding of the legal intricacies and personal sensitivities surrounding my particular situation. His approach was not only comprehensive but also tailored to address my specific needs and circumstances, ensuring that I felt supported and understood throughout the process.

Jay Rosetto, February 2024

Domestic assault issues carry significant weight in the eyes of the law. If you are facing allegations of stalking, physically assaulting, or harassing your current or former partner, or are accused of violating the terms of a restraining order,our team of domestic assault lawyers can help.

When charged with domestic assault offences, it is crucial to have an experienced criminal defence lawyer by your side. Galbally Parker Lawyers can offer expertise on potential defences, and provide guidance on the necessary preparations you should take to obtain the most favourable outcome, whether you’re considering a guilty plea or not.

At Galbally Parker Lawyers, we recognise the significant repercussions of mishandled cases, and as such, focus on legal proficiency, meticulous preparation, and individualised care to ensure optimal results for our clients. If you’re confronting allegations of domestic assault, don’t hesitate to reach out to us for legal support and guidance.

What are Domestic Assault Charges?

Domestic and family violence is taken very seriously in Victoria. It is governed by the Family Violence Protection Act 2008, which acknowledges that such violence encompasses not only physical harm but also economic, emotional, psychological, and sexual abuse. 

The Family Violence Protection Act

The Victorian Government has articulated three primary objectives of the Family Violence Protection Act, as follows:

  1. Enhancing the safety of children and adults who have endured family violence
  2. Preventing and mitigating the incidence of family violence
  3. Promoting  the accountability of perpetrators and ensuring they are held responsible for their actions

As outlined in Section 5 of the Family Violence Protection Act 2008, family violence comprises various forms of abusive conduct directed at a family member, encompassing physical, emotional, sexual, economic, or psychological abuse. This includes behaviors that are menacing, coercive, controlling, or dominating. Moreover, the definition extends to situations where a child is exposed to such behaviors. For instance, witnessing one family member assaulting another or cleaning up after intentional property damage by a family member falls under family violence.

In Victoria, family violence is broadly defined to include intentional property damage and threats thereof. Additionally, it encompasses inflicting harm or death upon an animal, irrespective of ownership, if the violence is aimed at exerting control, dominance, or coercion over a family member.

How a Domestic Assault Lawyer can Help with these Charges

When facing allegations of wrongdoing, it’s important to understand that law enforcement may not be aligned with your interests. Cases involving domestic violence are complex, and require the expertise of seasoned criminal lawyers with an in-depth knowledge of the legal framework and judicial processes.

The ramifications and convictions for domestic assault charges can be extremely serious, so it’s crucial to seek legal advice before engaging with the police regarding any allegations. Our experienced domestic assault lawyers can provide guidance on what to expect during a police interview, including your rights regarding disclosure. We can accompany you to the police station to provide support during this process. 

If you are charged with domestic assault offences, our team will look closely at the evidence against you, and consider the best approach to your defence, providing strategic advice and guidance on how to prepare and present your case most effectively.  If you decide to plead guilty, we will guide you on how to minimise the severity of penalties, which may involve pleading guilty to a lesser charge, thereby withdrawing a more serious alternative charge. Additionally, we can advise on gathering plea materials and undertaking rehabilitative courses to present evidence supporting the lightest possible penalty during sentencing.

Finding the Right Domestic Assault Lawyer

Facing allegations of domestic assault  can feel overwhelming, particularly for individuals without legal representation or encountering their initial legal proceedings. The court staff, prosecutors, and magistrates may feel unfamiliar, and their priorities may not align with your best interests. An experienced domestic assault lawyer can help you achieve the best possible outcome. 

Choosing the right domestic assault lawyer is crucial. The following are some considerations to help you make an informed decision:

  • Experience: Look for a lawyer who specialises in domestic assault cases and has extensive experience in this area of law. 
  • Credentials: Verify the lawyer’s credentials, including their education, certifications, and memberships in relevant professional associations or organisations.
  • Reviews: Search for reviews and testimonials from past clients to gauge their satisfaction with the lawyer’s services. This can provide insight into the lawyer’s professionalism, communication style, and effectiveness.
  • Communication: Pay attention to how the lawyer communicates with you during your initial dealings with them. A good lawyer will listen to your concerns, answer your questions clearly and comprehensively, and communicate in a manner that makes you feel comfortable and confident in their abilities.
  • Compatibility: Trust your instincts and consider whether you feel comfortable working with the lawyer. Building a strong rapport and trust with your lawyer is essential for effective communication and collaboration throughout your case.

When selecting a legal team to defend against assault charges, one of the most important factors is their track record of success in court. At Galbally Parker, we have a history of achieving positive outcomes for clients across assault and domestic assault cases. 

Why Choose Galbally Parker Domestic Assault Lawyers?

The team at Galbally Parker has considerable experience and proficiency in defending individuals accused of domestic assault. We place utmost importance on our clients’ welfare and meticulously assess all relevant elements to achieve the most favourable resolution for you. With extensive experience handling domestic assault cases, our team knows how to navigate legal complexities to the benefit of our clients. If you are facing domestic assault charges, reach out to us today for expert legal support.

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