Crimes of homicide and murder are the most serious in the Criminal Code.
THE PARTNERS AT BOS HAVE REPRESENTED OVER 60 CANADIANS CHARGED WITH VARIOUS FORMS OF HOMICIDE.
Because these cases are so serious and attract media attention, they are usually well investigated by the police. As a result, a person accused of murder requires a lawyer experienced in trial before a Jury; a lawyer who is not afraid to stand up for his client against the police and the Prosecutors despite the pressure of public opinion driven by media coverage.
- First and second degree murder, if proven beyond a reasonable doubt, carry sentences of life imprisonment.
- Second degree murder carries a life sentence with a minimum period in jail before parole is available.
- Manslaughter and criminal negligence sentences range from probation to life imprisonment.
Homicides are classified depending on what intention the prosecution can prove the accused had at the time of the murder.
In order for a person to be found guilty or convicted of first degree murder, the Crown Prosecutor must prove that the accused killed the victim, had planned to kill the victim, and had deliberated over the plan before killing.
An accused who does something that he knows may cause the death of another person and goes ahead despite knowing the victim may die, could be convicted of second degree murder if the prosecution proves his actions caused death.
The trial of these cases are usually in front of a Jury.
THE PARTNERS AT BOS HAVE REPRESENTED CLIENTS IN OVER 100 JURY TRIALS.