Murder is one of the most serious offences in the Criminal Code of Canada. Generally speaking, it’s a situation in which the accused intentionally causes the death of a human being. In Canada, it can be tried as first degree or second degree murder. First degree murder involves murder that is “planned and deliberate.” Murdering a law enforcement official, such as an on-duty police officer or prison warden, is always first degree murder.

The Canadian Criminal Code defines homicide as culpable or non-culpable. Culpable homicide covers the charges of first and second degree murder, manslaughter and infanticide; non-culpable homicide is not an offence.

If you have questions about a murder related charge, call Rishi Gill at 604.899.1436. Your initial consultation with Rishi is no charge and includes a review of your case, possible defences and courses of action. When you call, you will speak to Rishi Gill directly (not a paralegal or assistant), so you can be assured that the counsel you receive will be timely and discrete.

What’s the law on murder in Canada?

Murder, along with manslaughter and infanticide, is prosecuted under sections 229 through 240 of the Canadian criminal code.

What happens if I get convicted of murder?

The penalty for first degree murder is life in prison without possibility of parole for 25 years. If you are found guilty of second degree murder, you could receive a minimum of 10 years in jail, but up to 25 years with no parole.

What should I do if I’m charged with murder? Do I need a lawyer?

Murder is a very serious crime, and anyone facing a murder charge should be represented by a legal professional. A lawyer can dispute the charges (as self-defence, for instance), argue for a reduced charge (such as manslaughter) or argue for a reduced sentence. If you are at risk of being charged for murder, call Rishi Gill at 604.899.1436 for a no-charge legal consultation.