Murder and Manslaughter

It almost goes without saying that allegations of murder and manslaughter are incredibly serious, and can lead to very tough punishments, including whole life prison sentences. As such, it is essential that any person who finds themselves the target of these accusations has immediate access to the very best legal advice and representation possible.

At JMW, we offer a Private Client Criminal Law Service that guarantees first-class care and support from the very onset of the proceedings until they reach their conclusion. With cases as serious as murder and manslaughter, we cannot emphasise enough just how imperative it is to get the right support at a very early stage - and this is something our service is able to deliver.

While most people think they understand what is meant by murder and manslaughter, the two have very specific meanings in the eyes of the law. Having the right legal team - who fully understand this very important aspect of law, and is highly experienced in dealing with cases of this type - is a top priority.

  • Murder. The prosecution must prove that an individual - who is of sound mind and discretion - has unlawfully killed another person under the Queen’s peace with the intention of killing or causing them grievous bodily harm

  • Voluntary manslaughter. This also requires an intention to kill or cause grievous bodily harm, but partial defences - such as diminished responsibility, provocation or death caused by a suicide pact - means it cannot be classed as murder

  • Involuntary manslaughter. As opposed to voluntary manslaughter, this does not involve an intention to kill or cause grievous bodily harm. The other elements of the offence are the same as for murder - and there are two types, referred to as ‘unlawful act manslaughter’ and ‘gross negligence manslaughter’.

The defences are often complex and require a great deal of commitment from your legal team. Our Private Client Criminal Law Service is designed to represent discerning clients in complex cases and we are able to provide a more focused and attentive service throughout the entire process - very important when it comes to serious cases such as murder and manslaughter. Call us on 0345 872 6666 to find out more about how the service can benefit you, or fill in the online contact form on this page.

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