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Assault and Other Crimes of Violence

Crimes of violence cover a wide range of acts, from minor scuffles to murder. If you have been charged with a crime of violence, you may be facing some of the most severe penalties possible in the Criminal Code.

My name is Rick Muenz, criminal defence lawyer. At my firm, Muenz Law Office, we will investigate the charges against you, develop your case, defend your position and pursue an optimal outcome.

Understanding Crimes Of Violence

Some of the possible charges include:

In general, any charge will be treated more seriously by the court if:

  • There are weapons involved
  • There was bodily harm
  • The alleged victim was vulnerable in some way (for example, a minor)

Protecting You From The Most Serious Consequences

There are a number of defences we can use. Two of the more common ones are:

  • Self-defence: Many charges of assault stem from scuffles or events in which everything happened very quickly and it's hard to figure out who did what to whom and who attacked first. If you were acting to protect yourself or somebody else, we will work to get the necessary evidence from eyewitnesses or other sources in order to prove it.
  • Consent: Getting into a fight with another person who is fully prepared to fight you is very different from assaulting someone who is trying to avoid physical harm. Again, this may require witness testimony.

Minimizing The Damage

Sometimes our clients come to us with a situation in which there is no point in fighting the charge — for example, a situation in which security cameras caught the entire exchange.

In those cases, our aim is to minimize damage to you, by working with the Crown to reduce the charges or to get treatment. We can get you into anger management, counselling and other alternative methods to deal with the charge. We can also pursue a peace bond in which you agree to certain conditions in exchange for keeping the incident off your record.

Contact Muenz Law Office

Our lawyer represents clients charged with violent crimes in Calgary and nearby regions. Email us or call our law firm at 403-543-6666.