Charged with Murder or Manslaughter?

Murder and Manslaughter

Murder and manslaughter are the most serious allegations in the criminal code. These cases are complex and technical. To defend against these allegations, a criminal defence lawyer must possess a deep understanding of all areas of criminal law, especially murder and manslaughter, and draw on trial experience. The team at Advocate Law has extensive experience defending persons charged with murder and manslaughter and has achieved excellent results.

Whether you are facing a criminal charge of first degree murder, second degree murder or manslaughter, you could be looking at a life sentence. We want to help you avoid the maximum sentence wherever possible and have you achieve the best outcome possible in Alberta court. 

Advocate Law’s legal team will carefully analyze the evidence against you, explore all available defences, and develop a strategic defence strategy tailored to your specific case. We will challenge the prosecution's evidence, cross-examine witnesses, and present strong arguments in your favour.

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Your Murder & Manslaughter Defence Team

Defending against murder and manslaughter charges requires a comprehensive knowledge of the legal system, as well as a wealth of trial experience. The complexity of these cases demands criminal lawyers who possess an in-depth understanding of various aspects of criminal law. At Advocate Law, our team has a proven track record in defending individuals facing murder convictions, consistently delivering outstanding results.

When it comes to defending murder and manslaughter charges, our team at Advocate Law is dedicated to providing strong and effective representation. We understand the gravity of this criminal offence and the impact it can have on your life. That is why we are committed to defending your rights and fighting for the best possible outcome.

Murder & Manslaughter FAQS

What is the difference between murder and manslaughter?

The primary difference between murder and manslaughter is the events and intent before the victim is killed. First-degree murder is considered planned and deliberate. First-degree murder can also include contract murder, organized crime or involve hijacking, sexual assault, kidnapping, and terrorist activity. If the murder involves a peace officer or prison employee, it is also considered first-degree murder.

Second-degree murder is not planned but is deliberate and doesn’t fall into the category of first-degree murder.

Manslaughter is neither planned nor deliberate, but someone still dies from the actions of the accused. 

It is important to delineate between these three different charges as it significantly impacts the outcome in court and your sentencing.

If I am originally charged with assault or aggravated assault and the victim later dies, can I be charged with murder?

Yes, you can be later charged with murder if the victim succumbs to the injuries incurred from an assault. The Crown Prosecutor may retry the case to charge you with murder or manslaughter, depending on specific circumstances.

What is the sentence for murder and manslaughter?

If you are found guilty of murder, you can face life in prison. 

Those convicted of first-degree may be eligible for parole after 25 years. With a conviction of second-degree murder, you may be eligible for parole after 10 to 25 years. Parole eligibility is determined by the sentencing justice.

Unlike murder charges, manslaughter does not always lead to an automatic sentence of life imprisonment. However, those who are sentenced to life in prison for manslaughter are eligible for parole after serving seven years. If a firearm is involved, a minimum sentence of four years is required, and you will be eligible for parole after serving a third of this sentence.

What should I do if I am facing murder charges?

If you are facing first-degree murder or second-degree murder charges, the first thing you should do is enlist the help of an experienced criminal defence team which has proven experience defending Albertan’s rights in court.

The defence lawyers at Advocate Law throughout Alberta are hand selected based on their reputation in court, their experience and their proven ability to get you the best results possible. Every one of our lawyers is devoted to defending your rights.

Contact Advocate Law now if you have been charged with murder or manslaughter.

Can I claim self defence if I am charged with manslaughter?

Even if someone dies while you are defending yourself, you can still be charged with manslaughter.

However, self defence and defending your property can be used as a part of your defence case in court against manslaughter charges. If your defence attorney can demonstrate that you used reasonable force to defend yourself from being assaulted or the threat of assault, your criminal defence team may be able to remove your liability.

How does Advocate Law create a defence case for murder charges?

Advocate Law’s defence team thoroughly reviews your case to consider all possibilities to build the best defence for your murder and manslaughter case. 

To defend against complex and technical murder and manslaughter cases, we utilize our deep understanding of all areas of criminal law and draw on trial experience.

We then develop a case to help produce the best outcome possible for you.

You can trust Advocate Law’s experienced team to defend you in court as we have run numerous murder trials, with and without a jury.  

Contact Advocate Law today to learn how we can effectively defend your rights in an Alberta court.

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  1. Contact the team at Advocate Law for a free consultation where we will review your first degree murder, second degree or manslaughter charges.

  2. We consider all possibilities to build the most effective defence for your murder or manslaughter case.

  3. Our team of experienced lawyers is dedicated to helping you beat your murder or manslaughter charges.

These serious charges are too much to handle on your own. To get the best outcome in court, you need to contact an experienced murder defence lawyer as soon as possible. Don’t wait any longer to contact Advocate Law so we can start defending your rights. Book a consultation with our criminal defence lawyers now.

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