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Faced with a home intruder? Here’s what is — and isn’t — considered self-defence in Canada

Toronto criminal defence lawyer Alexander Karapancev interviewed by the Toronto Star.

A Milton man on Saturday was charged with second-degree murder after shooting someone who had broken into his home and attempted a robbery, according to police, raising questions about what Canadians are legally allowed to do if they are faced with an intruder.

While Toronto has yet to update its year-to-year data on break-ins for 2022, some regions in the province like Brampton saw a 24 per cent increase spike in break-ins in 2022, according to Peel Regional Police statistics.

The answer as to what is permitted and what is not would fall under self-defence laws in Canada, said Toronto criminal defence lawyer Alexander Karapancev, who has no relation to the case.

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Alexander Karapancev

Alexander Karapancev is a Toronto criminal lawyer practicing throughout the province of Ontario. He regularly serves as lead trial counsel on serious and complex criminal cases. He is the founder of Karapancev Law, a law firm representing clients facing criminal charges, regulatory offences, and professional discipline proceedings.

Mr. Karapancev has acted as counsel in hundreds of cases throughout the province of Ontario, regularly representing clients at trials, applications, bail hearings and preliminary inquiries. He is regularly retained to defend individuals charged with serious allegations of fraud, drug trafficking, DUI offences, domestic assault, and sexual assault. Prior to founding his law firm, Mr. Karapancev practiced criminal defence at a boutique Toronto law firm and also served as a per diem Crown prosecutor.

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