Homicide cases are pursued fiercely by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), and they will attempt to build the best and most comprehensive case against the accused that they can. This is why if you or someone you know is accused of a homicide it is imperative you seek legal support immediately.
There are two main types of Homicide
Murder is the charge of having killed someone, without good and lawful reason, whilst having a sound mind and with the intent to kill them. The intent and pre-mediation is integral to the charge of murder. If someone knows they would kill by taking an action, or plans to take an action they know will kill, then it is murder.
Manslaughter is the killing of another person without intent to kill them. There are two types – voluntary and involuntary.
Manslaughter may also be determined to have occurred in cases where the individual had diminished responsibility due to mental incapacity or in those cases where self-defence was a factor.
Murder and manslaughter charges are both very serious charges, with the potential for life-changing consequences. Not only should you seek legal advice as soon as possible, but it is also imperative to work with your solicitor to provide all the facts of the case. At National Legal Service, we have the necessary experience to defend all murder and manslaughter cases.