Calgary Manslaughter & Murder Lawyer

Police, Prosecutors and Judges take Murder and other violent crimes very seriously. Who better than a former Crown prosecutor to ensure that you are given the defence you are entitled to.

We will defend your charges utilizing our knowledge of the law, while protecting and preserving all your rights.

We feel we can conquer almost any feat in this industry. In keeping with this mission, we offer a wide variety of services. No job is too big or small, as we treat each project with the same meticulous attention to detail. If you have more specific-related questions, please contact us. We’d love to hear from you.


1st-degree murder, 2nd-degree murder and manslaughter

A first degree murder conviction results in a life sentence with no parole for 25 years.  First degree murder is premeditated.

A second degree murder conviction results in a life sentence with no parole for 10 years.  It should be noted that a second degree murder conviction can be a life sentence with no parole for 25 years. Second degree murder lacks the preparation and deliberation that a first degree murder charge require.

With regards to Manslaughter, this carries no minimum sentence. Manslaughter when committed with a firearm, this carries a minimum sentence of four years in prison.

Manslaughter is committed without intent, while there may have been a purpose to cause harm. There are two general categories of manslaughter:

  • Manslaughter by means of unlawful act – when an individual commits a crime that unintentionally results in the death of another individual.
  • Negligent homicide —the homicide was the result of an act or a failure to act that showed malicious or reckless disregard for the lives of others.


A female individual commits infanticide when by a deliberate act or omission results in the death of her newborn child, If at the time of the act or omission she is not completely recovered from giving birth to her child and by reason thereof or of the effect of lactation consequent on the birth of the child her mind is then disturbed.

Culpable vs non culpable homicide

Culpable homicide is murder or manslaughter or infanticide. Homicide that is not culpable is not an offence.  With Non-culpable homicide the defendant is not held legally accountable where death is caused by an act of self-defense.

As a Defence Lawyer and a former Crown prosecutor and numerous Homicide cases in Alberta, I have the unique skill set and expertise to provide you with the best legal direction needed to effectively navigate the perils of the Criminal Justice System with regards to the Homicide case.


Call 403-617-0035 for your free consultation today. Darren Mahoney defends Murder, Culpable Homicide, Criminal Negligence Causeing Death, Manslaughter, and all violent crimes in Alberta. Darren Mahoney is a Murder /Culpable Homicide Lawyer in Calgary.

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