Winnipeg Criminal Defence Lawyer Joshua Rogala is prepared to take your murder charges to trial.

Murder is the most serious offence in the Criminal Code.

Murder

An adult convicted of first degree murder faces a life sentence without eligibility for parole for 25 years. First degree murder is “planned and deliberate”, or under other specific circumstances set out under the Criminal Code. An adult convicted of second degree murder faces a life sentence without eligibility for parole for 10 years. Second degree murder is any intentional murder that is not first degree. In certain cases, murder can be reduced to manslaughter for reasons of provocation or intoxication.

Youth sentences for murder are of a significantly shorter duration than that for adults. The maximum youth sentence for first degree murder is 10 years, comprised of a period of 6 years custody, followed by a placement in the community under conditional supervision for 4 additional years. The maximum youth sentence for second degree murder is 7 years, comprised of a period of 4 years custody, followed by a placement in the community under conditional supervision for 3 additional years. The Crown Attorney may also apply to have the youth sentenced as an adult.

Even if you are just a suspect in a murder, it is vital to speak with a lawyer as soon as possible.

The most cases proven to be wrongful convictions in Canada have been for murder. It is important to understand your rights, even if you are only a suspect. Police will go to every effort investigating this serious crime thoroughly. They will employ sophisticated investigatory methods and forensic science, advanced interrogation techniques, and other means to obtain evidence against a suspect. It is vital to speak with a lawyer at the earliest stage of an investigation to ensure you don’t act in anyway that may compromise your rights and possible defences.

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