Murder/culpable homicide


Murder/culpable homicide

The intentional killing of another person is, in the eyes of the law in Scotland, considered to be murder. This is of course a serious crime, and a successful conviction will carry a mandatory life sentence for the perpetrator. There may be mitigating factors in any given case, such as self-defence or undue provocation. In some instances, charges may be downgraded to one of culpable homicide instead.

The differences between a murder and a culpable homicide can be something of a grey area at times, but there are important distinctions that need to be taken into account. As a general rule, a culpable homicide is where a death has occurred, and it wasn’t either justified nor was it accidental. An individual who is accused of such a crime is thought to have not actually intended to cause a death.

In examples of violent crime that didn’t result in the death of an individual, the accused could be facing charges of attempted murder, serious assault and more. In the case of attempted murder or attempted homicide, prosecutors may pursue the maximum sentence possible, which is life imprisonment, because it can be considered to be just as serious as murder.

If you have been accused of any of these crimes, you’re in an extremely serious situation, one that requires the help and guidance of skilled, experienced legal specialists. Here at MML Law, our team will listen to the details of your particular case, and will outline the best options that are open to you. We realise of course that this is going to be a very stressful time for you and your family, so we work hard to act in a sympathetic and sensitive manner.

Should you decide to engage the services of our legal professionals, we can act on your behalf from that moment on. We can handle everything for you, from dealing with the police to providing you with robust representation in the courts. Our highly rated client-focused service will bring you the confidence of knowing that knowledgeable, experienced specialists are right by your side at this difficult time.

It can be extremely scary to find yourself accused of such a serious crime, but there’s no need to feel alone and unprotected. Our lawyers will take time to talk you through the charges that you face, and the potential repercussions that could arise. We’ll then do all we can to find flaws in the case against you as we attempt to secure a not guilty verdict. Our advice and guidance are crucial, and we’ll always make sure that you’re aware of the ongoing developments as well as our realistic expectations.

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