What is Murder?
No criminal offence is as serious as murder. If you or someone you know is facing a Murder charge, Lawyer Plug has the experience, resources and track record to take on the case.
Murder is defined as the intentional and unjustified killing of another human being. Below, we describe the two broad types of Murder charges under the Criminal Code: First Degree and Second Degree.
First Degree Murder
These murders are typically deliberate and premeditated. However, they need not always be and can involve murders during the course of “crimes of domination” such as a sexual assault, kidnapping, taking a hostage, or the killing of a peace officer. A conviction for First Degree Murder carries a mandatory life sentence without the possibility of parole for 25 years. If an individual commits multiple murders, the prosecution can seek consecutive sentences.
Second Degree Murder
Involves an intentional killing that was not pre-planned and did not occur during the “crimes of domination” described under First Degree Murder. A conviction for Second Degree Murder also carries a mandatory life sentence, but the sentencing judge has the ability to allow parole eligibility as early as 10 years into the sentence.
This refers to a killing as a result of a criminal act, where there was no specific intention to cause death. It is considered a lesser, but included offence of First or Second Degree Murder. When an intentional killing occurred in circumstances where the Accused was provoked or severely intoxicated, a defence of Provocation or Intoxication may be argued. Given the current state of the law, however, Murder cases are not often reduced to Manslaughter as a result of Provocation or Intoxication.
The most serious crime requires the most serious representation. If you are being investigated or have been charged with Murder, Lawyer Plug provides comprehensive, detailed and zealous advocacy. If you or someone you know is facing these charges, contact us 24/7 for a consultation at 647-490-7660.
Murder, manslaughter, infanticide, criminal negligence causing death, and vehicular homicide charges are amongst the most serious charges a person can face in Canada. If you have been charged with or are under investigation for causing the death of another person it is crucial that you consult with a criminal lawyer immediately. A criminal lawyer can advise you of your legal rights and represent you from investigation to the conclusion of the charge. By understanding your legal rights from the outset you may be able to avoid providing the police or Crown Counsel with evidence that could be used against you to lay a charge or obtain a conviction at trial.
Lawyer Plug is particularly well-poised to assist you in addressing your homicide charges because has access to many valuable resources, including a well-respected team of highly-skilled and experienced lawyers with over 100 years of collective experience in defending individuals against a broad array of criminal offences, including murder and homicide.
Being charged with an offence involving the death of another person is a daunting experience with potentially life-shattering consequences. We will work diligently to ensure you receive high-quality legal representation throughout every stage of the process, and he will leave no stone unturned when exploring your defences.