Our experienced criminal lawyers are here to provide you with first class representation and advice, if you’ve been charged with murder.
We have extensive experience with clients charged with serious criminal offences. Zoe Whetham has instructed counsel in three high-profile murder trials in New South Wales.
Definition of murder
It’s a voluntary act or omission by one person, which causes the death of another. A person needs to commit the act with either:
- An intention to inflict grievous bodily harm, or
- An intention to kill, or
- Reckless indifference to human life.
In addition, it can be committed by a person or some accomplice during the commission of another offence that is punishable by 25 years imprisonment or more.
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Penalty in NSW
The maximum penalty is life imprisonment. In addition, there is a standard non-parole period of 20 years. However, if the victim is a child the standard non-parole period is 25 years.
After charge, the police will make a bail determination. You will remain in custody if you’re bail refused.
The charge will start in the Local Court. After the first mention, the evidence will be served. However, due to the seriousness of the charge, it will finalise in the Supreme Court by way of sentence or trial.
The period when the matter is in the Local Court is crucial, in order to analyse the brief of evidence and to negotiate with the prosecution. In some cases, the intention element may not be able to be made out. Therefore, you might be able to plead guilty to manslaughter instead. Entering a plea of guilty in the Local Court, will mean you receive a 25% discount off your sentence.
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We’re committed to providing you with quality advice and representation. We also ensure you remain informed every step of the way.
Contact us today on 0421 700 497 for a free initial consultation.