Have you been accused of murder? Do you need some help?
The first thing you need to do is contact a criminal solicitor to
defend your case, even if you have only just been arrested.
You will also likely have some questions, and in this article,
common questions relating to murder in the UK are answered.
Murder is considered the most extreme form of homicide.
But what does that mean? Well, to be charged with murder in
the UK, the jury, the prosecution and the police have to be
certain that when person A attacked person B, person A
intended to cause fatal harm.
For instance, if you were arguing at the top of a flight of stairs,
a knife was pulled on you, and you pushed the attacker away,
causing them to fall and die, this would likely be considered a
form of self-defence or, at worst, manslaughter.
The intent is crucial when it comes to a murder charge, hence
why you will need a trained criminal solicitor to defend you.
What is considered murder in the UK?
A criminal solicitor will assess your case and define the most
likely defence that will work in your favour.
In the aforementioned example, it is clear to see that you
would have pushed the person to prevent yourself from being
stabbed; ergo, it was self-defence, which is a common plea
against murder. Another is that you didn’t mean to kill the
Other defences include being deemed mentally incapacitated
at the time when the murder took place. So, if you were
suffering from a mental illness, had suffered from a head
injury, or had been ill and the condition had impacted your
judgement, a criminal solicitor would highlight this in your
What are the most common defences?
How can a criminal legal team help?
A criminal solicitor can help as they would know the ins and
outs of the law and will aim to have any charges against you
dropped. But you will need to ensure that the criminal solicitor
you choose has expertise in the relevant area of law, as no
two cases are the same. So, if you are accused of murdering
someone by stabbing the