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The role of a criminal solicitor in murder or manslaughter cases
21 Apr 2023

There were 696 victims of homicide in England and Wales in 2022. Murder and manslaughter are the two offences that constitute homicide, which is the formal term for the killing of one human being by another. Murder is committed when a person of sound mind kills another person with the intention of killing them or causing grievous bodily harm.  Self-defence can be considered a complete defence to murder, whilst partial defences include factors such as diminished responsibility and loss of control. If you have been accused of murder then it is important that you speak to our specialist criminal solicitor from ABV Solicitors immediately. This is the most serious situation you can possibly find yourself in, the outcome of which will dictate the rest of your life. You need the top legal representation that you can get and here at ABV Solicitors we have been recognised as one of the leading groups of defence solicitors in the UK, which means we will be able to help you achieve the best possible outcome for your case.


Manslaughter is different to murder and although it is a lesser charge it is essential that we are involved from the outset to prevent you incriminating yourself any further and from being charged for murder. The sentencing for manslaughter is still severe and in some cases you can receive life imprisonment. The top legal representation of our criminal solicitor can help prevent this so make sure you contact us as soon as possible. Even if you have not been arrested or contacted by the police or authorities, if you are worried about your actions and the possible consequences they could have if you are to be found guilty, then you can speak to us for preliminary advice and we can let you know how to conduct yourself moving forward and the possible consequences that you could face.

Voluntary manslaughter

Manslaughter can be broken down into two groups. Voluntary manslaughter is when you intend to kill or cause serious bodily harm, but are not guilty of murder because of diminished responsibility, such as a recognised medical condition, unbalanced mental state, or other factors such as provocation. There are many examples of voluntary manslaughter. Road rage resulting in the death of another person is a possible example, whilst killing your spouse if you found them in bed with another person is another key example of voluntary manslaughter.

Involuntary manslaughter

Involuntary manslaughter is when you did not intend to kill or cause serious bodily harm rather the death resulted from an unlawful act or as a result of gross negligence. A classic example of involuntary manslaughter is if a person commits arson causing an individual to die when they did not know that anybody was present at the time. Unintentionally killing someone while speeding, committing another traffic violation or driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is an example of involuntary manslaughter.

Our highly experienced specialist criminal solicitor will ensure that you are given a fair trial and they will use their extensive knowledge to strive for the best possible outcome for you. Speak to us at ABV Solicitors immediately. We have a great network of top barristers and  forensic experts and we will instruct the King’s Counsel to put together a strong defence for your case.

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