Domestic violence is offending conduct that occurs within a domestic relationship such as husband/wife, boyfriend/girlfriend and parent/child. A recent Special Taskforce investigation in 2014 found that strangulation is one of the most lethal forms of domestic violence and sexual assault. Due to the high risk of homicide resulting from strangulation, the Taskforce proposed that a dedicated offence be added to the Queensland Criminal Code which considered strangulation within a domestic setting.
As of May 2016, the offence of strangulation, suffocation and choking in a domestic setting became a standalone offence in the Criminal Code, carrying a maximum penalty of 7 years imprisonment. If you have been charged with one of these offences you are facing a term of imprisonment should you be found guilty. Whatever the circumstances surrounding your matter, it is important that you have comprehensive criminal defence at every stage to ensure the most favourable and accurate outcome.
If you are charged with this offence it is also likely that the police will be opposing your bail. It will then be necessary to make an application for bail. This application is made much more difficult as you will need to “show cause” as to why your continued imprisonment is not justified.
As soon as you call us and engage us, we will advocate tirelessly on your behalf. We will be by your side representing you in Court and will work to gather any evidence to support any defence you may have.