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Culpable Homicide (murder) is one of the most serious offences in the Criminal Code, and carries the most severe punishment. In order to be found guilty of murder, the Crown must prove that the accused:

  • had an ulterior intention to kill,

  • or had an intention to cause bodily harm where such harm is likely to cause death,

  • and is reckless as to whether the victim lives or dies


Any murder that is planned and deliberate is ‘first degree murder.’ Conviction for First Degree Murder will attract a longer sentence than other classes of murder.


If you are facing a murder charge, it is critical that you have carefully chosen counsel who can confidently navigate the complex issues that comprise a murder case. A conviction for murder can carry the most severe consequence: life in prison without parole for 25 years. It is therefore vital that in selecting a lawyer to defend you, you choose a lawyer whom you can trust with your life, liberty and livelihood.

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