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As intoxication does not nullify criminal responsibility for assault, the fact you were drunk will not in itself alleviate you of criminal responsibility. Domestic assaults are treated especially serious due to the general vulnerability of the victim, so Crown's seldom show leniency, even on a first offence. For this reason, it would likely be wise to hire a lawyer, especially if you wish to go to trial. If you want to plead guilty and understand the sentence being offered by the Crown and are agreeable to it, then a lawyer will not be as crucial, but may still be useful if you are hoping to negotiate a more lenient sentence.
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