Toronto Criminal Defence Lawyer for Youth Murder, Manslaughter Cases: Update

William Jaksa Criminal Litigation has updated its legal representation services for minors in the city. The firm brings decades of experience in advising young defendants at every stage of the criminal justice system.

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The latest move responds to the persistently high levels of violent crime committed by 12 to 17-year-olds in the Greater Toronto region. Mr. Jaksa and his team adopt a compassionate approach to youths who find themselves facing jail terms for violent offences allied with a firm belief in every individual’s right to a fair trial. The firm’s deep knowledge of the Canadian Criminal Code ensures that mitigating factors in a case will be brought to light and factored into the severity of sentencing.

According to data from Toronto Public Health, the rate of firearm-related violent crime among the youth population of the city more than doubled between 2013 and 2017. Assault-related mortality was the second-leading cause of death among 15 to 24-year-olds from 2011 to 2015, demonstrating the extent of the problems in the region.

Mr. Jaksa has represented hundreds of young clients and offers intimate knowledge of the Youth Criminal Justice Act. This legislation accounts for a young person’s lack of life experience and decision-making abilities with a focus on correcting criminal behaviour through rehabilitation before adulthood.

The firm offers specialism in the assembly of evidence and preparing witnesses. Mr. Jaksa has a track record of getting sentences reduced from first-degree murder to second-degree or manslaughter, establishing the circumstantial factors at play and proving a lack of intent on the defendant’s part.

About William Jaksa

A graduate of Windsor University Law School, Mr. Jaksa established his law firm in 2007 and has since gone on to represent clients at the Ontario Court of Justice, the Superior Court of Justice, and the Ontario Court of Appeal. He is a member of the Law Society of Ontario, the Criminal Lawyers Association, and the Canadian Bar Association. Learn more at

A spokesperson says, “William Jaksa works with his clients to ensure they have the best legal representation, that they understand the criminal trial process and that they are an integral part of developing a strategy to achieve the best possible outcome from the pre-trial motions to the jury trials.”

For more information, go to

William Jaksa Criminal Litigation

55 University Avenue
Suite 1100

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