Multiple-Offence Murderers Need Tougher Jail Sentences, Justice Minister Says

OTTAWA CRIMINAL DEFENCE LAWYER – If you are found guilty of murder in Ontario, the consequences you face are going to be severe regardless of any past murder convictions.

Under the current Canadian justice system, murderers who have been convicted of multiple murders serve the parole ineligibility periods for each murder at one time. This means they are eligible for parole after anywhere between 10 and 25 years – regardless of whether they committed one murder or multiple.

In an October 5 press release, Canada’s Justice Minister Rob Nicholson announced his intent to change this system through new government legislation. If this new legislation is passed, multiple-murder convicts will be unable to serve parole ineligibility periods concurrently – they’ll have to serve one after the other.

Under such legislation, multiple-murder convicts could have to go much longer than 25 years with no parole privileges whatsoever.

Canada’s government periodically introduces bills to make penalties more severe against convicted criminals. Sometimes these bills are made into laws, making things even more difficult for those found guilty of criminal offences. For that reason, it’s crucial to know your rights after being charged – and speak with a lawyer who can help you fight to avoid a conviction.

If you’ve been charged with murder, manslaughter, or assault in Ontario, you are facing serious consequences. These types of cases aren’t ones you should handle on your own – it’s important to speak with a criminal defence lawyer on how to proceed. For more information, contact the Ottawa criminal defence lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth by email [email protected] or by phone at (613) 233-4529.