The most serious cases like murder, call for lawyers who can provide the best attention to detail, and proven experience in defending homicide charges.
Robichaud’s criminal law firm and its dedicated criminal lawyers provide experienced representation for persons charged with murder, attempted murder, manslaughter, and serious crimes of violence.
If you need a lawyer for any type of homicide, or other extremely serious crime, we can help. We have the proven experience to defend these cases.
Serious charges like murder call for serious and experienced lawyers to defend them.
There is nothing more serious in Canadian law then taking the life of another human being. This may take many forms and depending on the level of intent, planning, and the manner in which the killing was carried out, the penalties and level of seriousness can significantly increase. For example, if a person is convicted of first-degree murder, they are sentenced to life with no eligibility of parole for a minimum of 25 years.
This does not mean as a matter of certainty that the convicted murdered will be released in 25 years, it is simply when they may be released depending on a number of factors that the parole board will take into account. On the other hand, a conviction for second-degree murder will still result in a life sentence but the eligibility of parole will be a minimum of 10 years. Again, the release of a person is discretionary and depends on the parole board’s determination of suitability for release. A judge may also increase the minimum release date beyond the 10 year period, and often do, depending on the nature of the act.
What if I am not charged, but only a suspect in a murder investigation?
Anyone facing charges this serious ought to contact a lawyer immediately, even if they are only under suspicion.
Police go to every effort in ensuring that someone suspected of murder is investigated thoroughly. Sophisticated investigatory methods are employed, advanced interview techniques are used, and telephones are often wiretapped in order to obtain evidence against a suspect. Speaking to a lawyer at a very early stage in an investigation can ensure that a person does not engage in any acts that might compromise their rights and the manner in which a lawyer may defend you.
Even if you are completely innocent, the need to understand your rights is critical. Many wrongful convictions have happened over the years in Canadian law and most of the proven ones come from murder cases. Having the benefit of speaking to a criminal lawyer familiar with murder charges may very well save your life.