Criminal lawyers Melbourne & Ballarat

Being charged with murder or manslaughter carries a lot at risk. You could go to jail for a long time and have a permanent criminal record. What you say and do throughout each stage of the lengthy process can make a difference to your case. Our experienced criminal lawyers can give you advice on how to deal with the charges, help defend and represent you so you have a fair hearing.  

Our criminal lawyers will help you get a fair hearing and resolve your issue quickly so you can get on with your life.

Murder and manslaughter

There are many different factors that can impact what type of business structure best suits your needs and objectives. Some things to consider include:If someone is killed, there are several offences that you can be charged with including:

  • Murder, where you kill someone;
  • Attempted murder, where you try to kill someone;
  • Reckless murder, where you do something knowing that it could seriously injure someone;
  • Voluntary manslaughter, where you intended to kill or hurt someone but you were provoked; and
  • Involuntary manslaughter, where you didn’t intend to kill or hurt someone

To prove murder, the prosecution must show beyond a reasonable doubt that you:

  • Committed the acts which caused someone’s death voluntarily;
  • Intended to kill or seriously injure the person; and
  • There are no defences available under the law.

Going to court

If you’re charged with murder your case will be heard by the Supreme Court of Victoria. There are many stages to the process, from when the police interview you to committal proceedings, arraignment and trial. What you say and how you behave at each stage of the process may affect whether you’re found guilty or not.

The case will include a jury and it may take weeks or months to hear all the evidence.

Why MNG Lawyers

Our lawyers have over 20 years experience helping people just like you. Being charged with homicide can be an emotional and stressful experience, so we take the time to listen to you, explain what your rights are in plain English and outline your options. We can represent you in court and help you get a fair hearing.

Frequently Asked Questions

Probably. Murder is one of the most serious crimes you can be charged with in Victoria. If you’re found guilty you can be imprisoned for up to 25 years. In deciding your sentence, the court takes into account a range of things including whether you show any remorse for your crime and the circumstances leading up to it.

Yes. If you’re taken into custody before your trial you may be able to apply for bail. If you’re successful you can be released from jail until your trial. If you’re found guilty, you may be sentenced to a jail term.

There are several defences that you may be able to use when defending yourself against a murder charge. These will depend on the circumstances surrounding the case and the evidence available, but may include self-defence, provocation and mental impairment. Our experienced criminal lawyers can give you advice on how to defend yourself against the charges and help gather evidence to support your defence.

Get in touch today, always in confidence.

We’re here to help. It’s our top priority to ensure your needs and concerns are met every step of the way.
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