Murder, Attempted Murder and Aggravated Assault
Murder is the killing unlawful killing of another human without justification or valid excuse. The murder is 2nd degree where the person intends to cause death, or means to cause bodily harm that he knows is likely to cause death. Murder is 1st degree where it is planned and deliberate. Murder is manslaughter when the crime is committed in the heat of passion, where the death was caused by an unlawful act that was not intended to cause death, and in other cases where a lessor intent than the intent to cause murder is found, including infanticide.
In Mr. Royer’s opinion, no lawyer not specifically involved in Criminal Law on a day-to-day basis, and having had at least 10 years experience should act for an accused person charged with murder. The consequences of conviction are life in prison. Only a lawyer with lengthy experience in criminal courts should agree to handle such a case.
Mr. Royer has successfully defended people charged with murder, resulting in acquittals, and discharge at preliminary inquiry, and on appeal. Mr. Royer has also resolved other murder cases for lessor sentences, including manslaughter convictions, to avoid life sentences.
Mr. Royer recommends that an accused take all reasonable steps to ensure that they have the correct lawyer for the case, in all cases. An accused person’s choice of counsel will affect the result.