Murder & Manslaughter
In the Criminal Code of Canada, there is no charge that is more serious than murder or manslaughter. These offences fall under the broader term known as ‘homicide’. First-degree murder, second-degree murder and manslaughter attract lengthy jail sentences including the possibility of life in prison.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Homicide?
In Canada, homicide is a broad term under which there are three categories. Each category reflects the level of culpability (blameworthiness) of the accused party. These three categories are as follows:
- First-degree murder
- Second-degree murder
What is first degree murder?
First degree murder requires planning and deliberation. Planning requires that the murder was conceived and thought through before it took place. Deliberation requires that the murder was intentional and had a purpose.
An unsuccessful plan to kill someone may amount to attempted murder. Further, under the Criminal Code of Canada, an individual will be charged with first degree murder if it is committed in the course of certain other offences. These offences are listed in the Criminal Code. A murder is considered first degree if it takes place in the following circumstances:
- sexual assault
- sexual assault with a weapon
- aggravated sexual assault
- forcible confinement
- hostage taking
- any offence committed on behalf of a criminal organization
- when the victim is a peace officer
What is second-degree murder?
Second degree murder is best described as an intentional act that is not premeditated or planned, nor committed in a reasonable "heat of passion". Further, it can also be committed by an accused party through dangerous conduct which results in death.
What is manslaughter?
A homicide committed without the intention to cause death, although there may have been an intention to cause harm. In essence, manslaughter takes place when a person commits a crime that unintentionally results in the death of another person.
Why should you hire Passi & Patel for murder & manslaughter related offences?
If a friend or a loved one is facing murder or manslaughter charges, they must select their lawyer with the utmost care. These types of cases require lawyers who have experience in defending these types of charges combined with the ability to provide the highest level of attention to detail. Here are Passi & Patel, our Brampton criminal lawyers are passionate and committed to what we do. We can provide effective and thorough representation for those charged with offences of this nature.