Manslaughter is more complex as far sentences are concerned, however the penalties are significant and life altering. Retaining a criminal lawyer who has an established and effective track record, is crucial for your defence.

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What is the Definition of Manslaughter?

Manslaughter is culpable homicide that is neither murder nor infanticide. Commonly, a manslaughter charge is laid when a defendant inadvertently causes the death of another person by means of an unlawful act. An example would be drunk driving that results in the death of a pedestrian.

How does Ouellette Hoare Claxton defend you against a Manslaughter Charge?

Ouellette Hoare Claxton An Association of Independent Law Practices have several strategies they can employ in your defence:

  • Can any of the witnesses hostile to you be cross-examined based on their reliability?
  • Is the Prosecution able to establish that you perpetrated the crime?
  • Were there any Charter violations during the conduct of the Criminal Investigation?
  • Were your actions the primary cause of the victim’s demise, or was it something else entirely?
  • Did you break the law during the actions that lead to the person’s death (i.e did it fulfill the requirements for a homicide charge?)

The Sentencing

Manslaughter is a very loosely outlined criminal offence: it includes what could be considered “simple mistakes” on the lower range, and “close to murders” on the high end. Consequently the range of punishments for a Manslaughter conviction is quite broad:

Manslaughter convictions carry a maximum sentence of life in prison, and a minimum of 4 years if a firearm was employed in the commission of the crime. For less severe circumstances there is no mandated minimum. Beyond facing incarceration, individuals are typically given a firearms ban and required to surrender a DNA sample which is stored at the federal DNA database.


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