Violent Crimes Defence Lawyers in Ottawa

All violent criminal offences are extremely serious. Individuals convicted of these offences often face significant penalties – including the possibility of lengthy jail terms.

At Friedman Mansour LLP,  we examine all available legal avenues to to secure a withdrawal of charges or a finding of not guilty for clients.

We engage in investigations, rigorous cross-examination of witnesses and assertive courtroom advocacy. We are diligent in our ability to comb through complex evidence to find your best defence.

Scenarios that lead to violent crime charges, such as serious assaults, are often complex. Lawyers at our firm are experienced at arguing all possible defences for clients, including mistaken identity of the perpetrator and self-defence. We can rebut allegations of physical harm by thoroughly examining physical and medical evidence.

Our firm represents people accused of violent crimes, including:

  • Assault and aggravated assault
  • Domestic violence
  • Murder

Those accused of violent crimes may find it difficult to secure bail. Our work on your behalf starts with that hearing, where we take steps to secure your freedom while you await trial. Once your case is in the justice system we remain at your side and fully engaged in your defence.

A vigorous defence for serious charges

Assault and Aggravated Assault

Assault is a violent crime charge that falls under the Criminal Code. By definition, however, an assault does not need to cause harm. The conduct at issue may be simply the attempt or threat to apply force.

There are a range of assault charges that may be laid according to Canada’s criminal law. Each one may carry significant penalties upon conviction and accused people require the services of an experienced and effective defence lawyer to effectively represent them.

Domestic Violence

Domestic violence charges are common, but can be complicated to defend.

In most jurisdictions,  police have a “must charge” policy upon accusations of domestic violence. These allegations are, of course, treated extremely seriously.

Often, accusations of domestic assault happen in the midst of divorce or separation proceedings. Accused people are at an emotional low point, with their relationship falling apart and their connections with their children and family under strain.

Lawyers at Friedman Mansour LLP are aware that domestic violence charges affect every aspect of a client’s life. We work closely with our client’s family law counsel to ensure our work as criminal lawyers does not adversely affect their rights in other proceedings. We vigorously defend our clients, in the attempt to obtain a not guilty verdict or, better yet, have the charges withdrawn.


Murder is the most serious offence in the Criminal Code. These cases are relentlessly investigated by the police and are prosecuted vigorously by the Crown’s office.

Murder carries with it a mandatory minimum sentence of life in prison. For individuals convicted of second-degree murder, they cannot apply for parole before 10 years have elapsed. Offenders convicted of first-degree murder must wait at least 25 years to apply for parole.

Murder cases are almost always tried before a jury. Every murder case has its own complexities – novel legal issues, difficult factual circumstances or other forensic and technical features.

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Fady took very good care of me, keeping my best interest in mind and supported me throughout the process. I am very thankful for his help and would absolutely recommend this office and specifically Mr. Mansour.

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Excellent and precise communications skills. Very clear on what my position was, what the legal actions available were, and what his strategy would be to address the situation. And precise execution. He assured me of my rights and position every step of the way. Made me feel totally comfortable with my rights, and let me continue with my life. Highly recommended.

V. K.

Fady recently represented me in a legal matter during one of the most difficult periods of my life. From the onset, Fady was professional, supportive and reassured me that he would do all he could to ensure a positive outcome, which was achieved. Thank you to Fady and team for your hard work and support!

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Solomon is an excellent Lawyer, top in the field of firearms legislation. Would definitely invest time and money for his expertise. Thank you Solomon for first, taking my case and second, supporting a injured veteran.

The night I was charged with assault after a night out drinking was the worst night of my life. As a police officer, an off duty assault conviction would have jeopardized my career. I have worked closely with lawyers my entire nine year career. Either directly with Crown on a case or through cross-examination by defence counsel and after a few minutes of speaking with Solomon shortly after my arrest I knew his knowledge and ability to articulate legal principles were unmatched. He spent nearly an hour on the phone with me gathering facts and providing clear instructions. Throughout the process he kept me updated as to what was going on and I was extremely impressed with his handling of my case. Solomon did his homework on the accusers and witnesses and prepared an unbelievable defence which ultimately led to the charge being dropped on the first day of trial and allowing me to continue my career as a police officer. I’d recommend Solomon to anybody who is in need of expert legal defence.


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