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Murder is the most serious criminal offence and carries a mandatory life sentence. With manslaughter it forms part of the law of homicide which guides the courts as to which offence has been committed.

At Cartwright King, we know from experience acting for defendants in very many previous cases how complex and difficult these offences can be. We also know the great stress that facing such allegations can cause.

If you have been accused of either murder or manslaughter it is vital that you secure expert legal advice immediately. We are available to support you through the entire legal process and represent you in court.

Free Police Station advice

Everyone has the right to free legal advice when at the Police Station. Our experienced lawyers are available at any time of day or night to help you and make sure your position is protected and that your defence is properly presented. If you are arrested remember to tell the Police that you want to be represented by Cartwright King. Our highly skilled Criminal Defence team are here to take the worry off your hands. We can also provide an initial telephone consultation to see how we can assist in your case. Please call on 0808 168 5550 or email us using the form below.

Murder/Manslaughter and the law

Murder can be defined by an unlawful act of violence with the intention to kill or cause Grievous Bodily Harm (GBH) by someone who is of a sound mind. In order for the Courts to determine if a murder has been committed, the Police will investigate the history of the offender in detail as it is important to understand that it is the intention that essentially distinguishes murder from manslaughter.

If a death does not result the Police will be investigating other offences like causing grievous bodily harm or attempted murder. If you are charged with this offence, the Prosecution must prove that you had the intention of killing another person and took part in acts that were more than merely preparatory to the offence. All the surrounding circumstances will again be considered, including whether a weapon was used, the level of violence used or planned and any history between the parties.

Manslaughter can arise in one of three situations;

  • Where there is intent to kill but a special defence arises, loss of control or diminished responsibility.
  • Where the death arises from a “grossly negligent" course of conduct, or
  • Where the death results from an unlawful act which involved a risk of harm.

Murder and manslaughter can be complex areas of law and it is important to take very early advice. Our Criminal Defence solicitors are available to advise you through the legal process and explain the likely outcomes.

What sentence could you face?

If you are charged with murder, you will initially make an appearance at the Magistrate’s Court before being sent directly to the Crown Court for trial.

If you are an adult of sound mind, murder carries a mandatory life sentence. If under 18 detention is “at Her Majesty’s pleasure”, but can be for similar terms.

There is no set punishment for manslaughter and the Court has an unfettered discretion to pass any sentence up to and including life imprisonment. 

If you are being investigated for any of these offences, it is essential that you seek expert legal advice as early as possible. If you are arrested you are entitled in law to be legally represented at the Police Station. You should always insist that the Police contact Cartwright King and not speak to the Police until you have had chance to consult with one of our experienced team. Cartwright King’s Defence Solicitors are available to advise you day and night and through the legal proceedings and represent you in court if necessary making sure that the strongest defence case is put forward for you. They will also advise about your right to appeal should the need arise.

How can we help you?

If you have been accused of either murder or manslaughter, our experienced Criminal Defence Solicitors are available to advise you throughout the entire process and build a strong case for your defence. We promise to:

  • Advise you throughout the entire process
  • Seek legal aid for you subject to your finances
  • Deal confidentially with any concerns you may have
  • Represent you in interview under caution by the police
  • Prepare and collate any and all documentary evidence that may be required
  • Represent you in both Magistrates and Crown Court as necessary
  • Take the worry off your hands
  • Argue your case
  • Prepare an appeal if necessary

Our team are highly ranked in the Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners guides. We have extensive experience in successfully defending people who have been accused of committing murder/manslaughter.

Why Choose Us?

At Cartwright King, our solicitors understand the stress and worry that being accused of committing either murder or manslaughter can cause as it can lead to serious consequences for you, your family and your future. We are available to support you throughout the entire process, explaining the likely outcomes and fighting on your behalf.

How to make contact

Always insist on representation by one of our lawyers if you are arrested. Remember that advice at the Police Station is free and will not delay your release.

If you require legal advice or if you would like a no obligation, free initial telephone discussion, then please call us on 0808 168 5550. Alternatively you can email the Criminal Defence team using the form below, and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Our Criminal Defence Solicitors can provide advice and are happy to meet at a time and location that suits you. We also have a network of offices in BirminghamBedfordBoltonDerbyLeedsLeicesterLondon TempleManchesterMiddlesbroughNorthamptonNottingham and Sheffield.

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