Murder & Manslaughter Charges
Murder & manslaughter charges are the most commonly prosecuted types of culpable homicide, and are some of the most serious charges that can be filed under the Canadian Criminal Code. As a result, they carry the harshest penalties applicable under the law if a conviction is successful. John has a great deal of experience defending clients against all types of homicide charges. He has defended over 100 murder charges in various levels of court, including some of his most high-profile successes.
If you have been charged with any type of homicide it is crucial to speak with an experienced attorney immediately, before speaking with the police or making statements of any kind.
These charges are extremely complicated to understand and defend, and so the information provided below is only a summary introduction to the basics of the law and does not constitute legal advice.
Murder charges are divided into two categories, first degree murder and second degree murder. A guilty verdict on the charge of first degree murder can result in a life sentence without the possibility of parole for 25 years. In the case of second degree murder, a guilty verdict may result in a life sentence without the possibility of parole for 10 years.
Manslaughter charges are similar to murder charges, except that the Crown is not required to prove intent in order to obtain a successful conviction. There are several subtypes of manslaughter charges, but the most serious sentences can still result in life imprisonment. This is not automatic, but left to the discretion of the court, as is the length of time before the eligibility for parole.
If you have been charged with murder, manslaughter or any other crime, contact John immediately at 416.361.9609 to discuss how to defend your case.