Canadian Murder Offences;
Murder is the most serious crime you can be charged with in Canada. At Abbey Lawyers, our experienced criminal defence team is here to help if you or someone you know is facing a Murder charge.
Murder is defined as intentionally killing another human being without justification. In Canada, there are two types of Murder charges: First Degree and Second Degree.
First Degree Murder is typically a premeditated and deliberate killing, but it can also include murders committed during certain “crimes of domination” such as sexual assault, kidnapping, hostage taking, or the killing of a peace officer. A conviction for First Degree Murder carries a mandatory life sentence with a minimum parole eligibility of 25 years. If an individual is convicted of 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 a “crime of domination.” A conviction for Second Degree Murder also carries a mandatory life sentence, but the sentencing judge has the discretion to allow parole eligibility as early as 10 years into the sentence.
Manslaughter is a lesser, included offence of First or Second Degree Murder. It involves a killing that resulted from a criminal act, but without the specific intent to cause death. Defences of provocation or intoxication may be argued in cases of Manslaughter, but these defences are not often successful in reducing a Murder charge to Manslaughter.
If you or someone you know is facing a Murder charge, it’s crucial to have an experienced and dedicated criminal defence team on your side. Contact Abbey Lawyers today to learn more about how we can help you navigate the legal process and achieve the best possible outcome in your case.