That's why you need a strong legal team that has your best interests in mind. Our team at Brett Gladstone Law Corp. has the skill, knowledge, and resources to meet your needs when you are going through this chaotic time. We will put you in contact with resources that can help you and your family through the legal processes, including access to therapists, counsellors, victim services, and many other helpful information sources to help you feel like you are getting the legal representation you deserve.
The primary difference between murder and manslaughter lies in the intent behind the cause of death. In order for an individual to be convicted of murder, the Crown prosecution must prove beyond reasonable doubt that the defendant INTENDED to kill the victim. On the other hand, manslaughter (the lesser of two charges) is when the accused did not intend to cause the death of the victim. It has less severe penalties but typically results in jail time if proven guilty.
One of the most common defences in cases such as this is the fact that it is arguable and potentially doubtful that the accused had intentionally tried to murder the victim or was just intending to hurt them (whether that be in a barroom brawl or a dispute gone wrong). It all lies with the Crown prosecutor to prove that murder was the intent, and they must prove this beyond a reasonable doubt. If you choose us as your defence attorneys, our goal will be to expose areas and conditions of your case that leave room for doubt regarding your guilt.
But that is not the only defence that can be used for murder and manslaughter charges. There is also the self-defence charge, and other justifications that could result in acquittal or lesser charges. Contact us for an experienced criminal defense lawyer in Winnipeg to defend you.