When people reach out to us for legal advice or representation, we want to make sure we are a good fit for a client’s specific needs. One of the first questions people ask us is what areas of law do we practice in — what are we all about?
First and foremost, we are criminal, sexual assault and domestic assault lawyers. That is all we do 24/7. We do the full spectrum of criminal law, from sexual assault, domestic assault, theft and fraud drug offences to weapons charges and DUI. You name it, we are here for you. Our firm has restricted our practice to criminal law since 1993.
Secondly, we also focus on sexual assault and domestic assault cases. Our team of criminal lawyers is passionate about what we do, and we strive to stay on top of the latest trial tactics and the ever-changing criminal law landscape. The majority of our lawyers are battle-tested former criminal and drug crown prosecutors who understand the way crown attorneys think. Our lawyers have over 70 years of combined experience in all aspects of criminal law including sexual assault and domestic assault meaning you will get the lawyer you need for your specific case.
Thirdly, as a client-focused practice, we are not merely ‘guilty-plea’ lawyers. We are here to win your case. If your case is not winnable, our objective is to negotiate the best possible outcome and the lightest sentence. It comes down to this: You don’t need to hire a guilty-plea lawyer. You want a criminal trial lawyer by your side who has a winning track record.
Finally, our legal team is just that — a team. When you come to us with a case, several of our lawyers will review your situation. There are always multiple sets of eyes on every file at Kruse Law Firm — not just one. Plus, with offices in Toronto and across the province, we are local to your city. We know the judges and we know the local crown attorneys.
How Can we help you defend Your sexual assault charge?
Sexual assault can be a very delicate topic, and emotions often run high. We’re here to provide you with critical insight into these types of cases, along with strategies to win.
When you’ve been accused of sexual assault, it can be damaging to your relationships and reputation — regardless of the facts behind the scenes. Thankfully, in the hands of a good lawyer, the law will be on your side and you will win against the complainant.
Right at the start of your case, we will need to get all of the police reports, witness statements, videos and forensics. It’s crucial to pore through the police reports to find evidence, receive your version of events and create reasonable doubt. With this information in hand, we’ll sit down with you and go over every single detail. This is how we will develop our initial strategy to win.
One strategy we might pursue in an indictable (i.e. serious) sexual assault case is to request a preliminary hearing. This is an evidentiary hearing where the Crown attorney calls forward the complainant and other evidence. As your defence lawyer, we get the opportunity to cross-examine the individual. We look for inconsistencies and improbabilities as we prepare for the trial going forward. Once the preliminary hearing is over, we have the transcript of the complainant’s and other witnesses’ testimony, which we can use as evidence to continue to build a solid defence.
You’ve told us you didn’t do it, and we’re here to help you find a path to win. We’ll search for the inconsistencies, weaknesses, memory problems and improbabilities etc. in the complainant’s case, along with their motivations to lie. It comes down to this — the odds are stacked in your favour. If there’s any reasonable doubt, you win. You’re presumed innocent, and that’s the bottom line.
There are hundreds of hours of work to be done, and you need a criminal lawyer who will listen and get you the results you deserve. We’re here for you. If you have any questions about a sexual assault charge, feel free to give us a call. We’ll get you the advice you need to take the next step forward.