manslaughter & murder

If you or someone you know has been accused of causing the death of a person, you will need an experienced legal team on your side as soon as possible. Allegations of this nature are extremely serious, often leading to lengthy punishments such as life imprisonment.

Draycott Browne has successfully represented clients in manslaughter and murder cases since 1998, so you can rest assured that you have an experienced legal team supporting you throughout your case. We will treat you fairly during this time, working with you to receive the best possible outcome under the circumstances.

Our solicitors will assist you from the police station to the courtroom, ensuring you receive expert advice every step of the way. To receive first-rate advice and representation from our team of experts, call Draycott Browne today on 0161 228 2244.

Murder

To be convicted of murder, it must be proven that the accused unlawfully killed another person under the Queen's Peace. The defendant must have had the intention to kill or cause grievous bodily harm to another person and must have been of sound mind during the murder.

Due to the seriousness of this crime, murder cases are dealt with in Crown Court, with a minimum sentence of life imprisonment.

Voluntary manslaughter

For a crime to be classed as voluntary manslaughter, the defendant must successfully prove one of the following defences.

  • Diminished responsibility - if the defendant was suffering from an ‘abnormality of mind’ during the incident, the case will be classed as voluntary manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.
  • Provocation - this means that the killing was the result of a temporary loss of control or a fit of rage. The defendant can also claim they killed through self defence or were provoked by words or actions. If a ‘reasonable person’ would have acted in the same way, the defence of provocation will be used.
  • Suicide pact - if one party of a joint suicide pact survived and the other(s) didn’t, the surviving person will have taken part in the death of another person, but will be charged with voluntary manslaughter.

Cases of voluntary manslaughter will be dealt with in the Crown Court, and convicted persons can face a sentence ranging from stiff criminal fines to 10 years' imprisonment.

Involuntary manslaughter

Manslaughter is considered involuntary when a person kills but did not have the intention to murder or cause GBH. Involuntary manslaughter typically falls under two categories:

  • The death was caused by gross negligence e.g. a medical professional provided care that was considered below an acceptable standard, resulting in a patient's death.
  • The death was a result of an unlawful or dangerous act e.g. a driver killed a crossing pedestrian due to unlawful speeding.

Involuntary manslaughter cases vary widely, therefore the sentence for this crime is dependant upon the circumstances of the death. Sentences will be arranged in the Crown Court and can range from heavy fines to life imprisonment.

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Our team of experienced solicitors offer services within Manchester and throughout North West England. If you or a loved one are facing charges of murder or manslaughter, it is imperative you gain the help of legal expert from the very start. Our solicitors are experienced in providing world class representation to our clients accused of such crimes and are here to help you too. Call Draycott Browne today on 0161 228 2244.

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