TORONTO MURDER LAWYER
Homicide offences such as first-degree murder, second-degree murder and manslaughter are among the most serious offences in the Criminal Code. When faced with these charges, hiring the right criminal lawyer is imperative. Considering the potential lengthy custodial sentences which accompany a conviction, we devote a significant amount of resources, planning and attention to these files.
The Criminal Law Group has extensive experience in serious violent crime. In its R. v. A.Y. , it secured a withdrawal of Assault Causing Bodily Harm strictly on the basis of an evidentiary technicality. In its R. v. R.W.  the Criminal Law Group defended the accused charged with cracking a person’s skull with a hammer in a Tim Horton’s washroom. It further provided expert advice regarding a warrant for blood sample seizure for a Halloween Murder at Canada’s Wonderland in 2014.
The Criminal Law Group has also defended a number of people charged with Guns and Gangs in Toronto. It has extensive experience working with the Toronto Police Guns and Gangs unit and the Guns and Gangs Crown Prosecutors. In late December 2014, it secured Judicial Interim Release for an Accessory to Murder at the Garden Tree Restaurant in Toronto in its R. v. T.M. .
Frequently Asked Questions
What is First Degree Murder?
For a conviction of first degree murder, it must be planned and deliberate. What constitutes planning or intended acts has been analyzed by the courts in various fact scenarios.
What is Second Degree Murder?
Second degree murder is a murder that does not meet all the legal prerequisites of first degree murder. Unlike manslaughter, second degree murder is an intentional homicide.
What is Manslaughter?
Manslaughter is non-intentional homicide. Manslaughter arises where there is murder without the intention to take someone’s life.
What are the Sentences for Murder and Manslaughter?
A conviction of first degree murder results in a minimum 25 year custodial sentence before the eligibility of parole. Convictions of second degree murder generally have shorter parole eligibility terms.
Facing a homicide charge is an extremely delicate situation. Choosing the right criminal lawyer is essential to your best defence. We devote a vast amount of resources, time and planning to vigorously defend these types of allegations.