Murder and Manslaughter FAQs

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Murder and Manslaughter FAQs

On this page:

  • What is murder?
  • What is Manslaughter?
  • What is the maximum penalty for Murder?
  • Do you Defend all Murder Charges?

What is Murder?

Generally, Murder is where an act causing death is done with the intention to kill or to cause grievous bodily harm; or with reckless indifference to human life.

What is Manslaughter?

Manslaughter is effectively a punishable homicide that does not amount to murder. It may include where death occurs following excessive self defence, where provocation existed, where there is diminished responsibility or where the requisite mental intent was absent.

What is the maximum penalty for Murder?

25 years penal servitude.

Do You Defend All Murder Charges?

No. Every case is treated individually. The brief of evidence is carefully examined by an accredited specialist in criminal law to see whether or not the case can be proved. Instructions are sought from the client. Some clients provide instructions to plead guilty. If this occurs, the aim is to assist the client through the criminal justice system and obtain the best result possible.

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