Murder Defence Solicitors

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Murder Defence

If you are being investigated or prosecuted where there was death in the case, you could face one of the most serious charges in the UK. bb

Homicide offences include murder, manslaughter or corporate manslaughter. These situations can occur in a wide range of ways from so called gang murders to a drunken fight that went wrong, from a pre-mediated deliberate killing by an individual to a series of errors by a company or organisations that resulted in someone’s death.

It is essential when navigating your way through the police station, preparation for trial and/or experiencing court proceedings that you have the benefit of skilled, experienced and specialist legal representation.

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Highly Experienced Criminal Defence Solicitors at Hodge Jones & Allen

Highly Experienced

Hodge Jones and Allen are uniquely placed to offer that representation. Cases are conducted by lawyers who between them have decades of experience. These cases can be won or lost at the police station and our 24 hour 365 day police station representation is staffed by experienced and robust representatives.

Experts suited to your needs

Murder cases place a huge strain on defendants and their families. By ethos, culture and training, Solicitors from Hodge Jones & Allen place a premium on building a good rapport with both our client and their family. We are acutely aware that the client needs to have trust and confidence in their lawyer, and that only by ensuring the client is at the heart of the case can the best results be achieved.

Lawyers who care

It is essential that cases involving young people and children have access to specialist lawyers from our Youth Team who have additional training in and experience of the challenge of representing young people.

Specialists dealing with Vulnerable Clients

On many occasions, clients will have particular vulnerabilities or mental health difficulties that affect how the case progresses through the Criminal Justice System. We have dedicated lawyers that deal with these situations and work in partnership with leading psychiatrists, psychologists and other educational experts.

Over 4 decades of experience representing clients

Over the last 40 years, we have dealt with gang related murders investigated by police forces across the country or by Operation Trident. Hodge Jones & Allen has proactively sought to challenge prosecution evidence about gangs, be it through the gang matrix, through issues in individual cases such as telephone evidence , association charts or even drill music.

We take a thorough and analytical approach

Forensic evidence plays a large part in these investigations. Ballistics and firearms, Blood splattering, or DNA and fingerprint evidence is often relied upon by murder investigators and thereafter prosecutors. Our thorough and analytical approach, combined with links to forensic experts means that no stone remains unturned in pursuit of your defence.

Leading, Expert Criminal Defence Solicitors

We also have considerable experience in working with experts in the fields of psychiatry and psychology, cell site and telecommunications, ballistics and firearms.

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Featured Client Cases

Featured Case: R-v-OW 2017

Client charged with a 3 handed joint enterprise stabbing murder and is acquitted after trial whilst the remaining defendants are convicted of manslaughter.

Featured Case: R-v- AH 2019

Client accused of gross negligence manslaughter. The defendant had placed her three-year old child in the foot well of a car, who was subsequently crushed to death beneath the front passenger seat. After a 7 week trial client was acquitted of manslaughter.

Featured Case: R v J

Gang murder where “turf war” between 2 groups escalated and J alleged to have stabbed and shot victim.

Featured Case: R-v-G 2011

Client engaged in a duel with another boy and a third party is killed. This case explored the interaction between joint enterprise and transferred malice and was ultimately determined in the Supreme Court.

Featured Case: R v RH

Defendant accused of killing his “partner” and who was said to have confessed to local tarot reader. Defence of self-defence but also partial defence of loss of control.

Featured Case: R- v RS

Successful defence of a young Czech male who came to UK and was held by the deceased and his life threatened. He called police stating he had killed the man and after extensive requests for disclosure of telephone evidence of deceased, defendant and a third party defence able to prove that that deceased had indeed to kill RS who was acquitted by a unanimous jury within 2 hours. Represented by Kerry Spence from the police station interview to conclusion of the case.

Criminal Defence Solicitors dealing with murder offences

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Murder Defence Questions and Answers

  • What is murder?

Contrary to popular belief it is not necessary to intend to kill somebody to be guilty of Murder, though an intent to kill would suffice. If a person of sound minds intends to inflict on another grievous bodily harm and that other died that would be Murder.

  • What are the defences to murder?

There are complete defences such as self-defence. If a person does not have a sound mind at the time of the killing and therefore has diminished responsibility or is able to raise loss of control they may be found guilty of the lesser offence of voluntary manslaughter.

  • What is manslaughter?

The offence of involuntary manslaughter is where a person has caused the death of another without the intention to kill them or cause them serious harm as required for a S18 Grievous Bodily Harm. Corporate involuntary manslaughter can occur where an organisation has breached it’s duty of care to the deceased thereby causing the death of that individual.

  • What is joint enterprise?

Joint enterprise is the legal doctrine which says when a group of people embarked on a criminal enterprise they can be held responsible for all of the results of that enterprise. There has been a slew of cases on this issue resulting most recently in the case of R-v-Jogee [2016] UKSC 8 which decided a reckless involvement in an enterprise say to cause serious harm was not sufficient and that there must be intent to assist in that crime.

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