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Murder and Manslaughter


Murder and manslaughter are the most serious criminal offences and carry the life-changing consequences of a life sentence in prison.

Our team at Castle Solicitors are highly experienced at dealing with such serious and complicated cases. We appreciate the stress to both yourself and your family that you’re placed under as a result of being charged with such a grave offence.

Call our 24h helpline

07912 784485

We know every case is different. That’s why we tailor our service to the varying needs of each client.

One of the complaints we hear from clients who have been dealt with in the past by other firms is the lack of communication during their case. That’s why we keep you fully informed at all times, both by letter and by visiting you in custody if you’re on remand.

What is the difference between manslaughter and murder?
  • In simple terms, manslaughter is where a person kills another person unintentionally
  • A person is charged with murder when there is an intention to kill the other person
Who will deal with my case at the Crown Court?

We have close links with the best barristers, both locally and nationally. They have the experience to deal with the most complex of serious offences.

In the Crown Court who decides whether I’m guilty or not guilty?

In the Crown Court, the Crown Prosecution Service will present their case indicating your guilt. Your barrister, working alongside your legal team, will provide your defence. A judge will direct the court as to the legal rules. A jury made up of 12 people from the public, picked at random, will hear the evidence, then decide as to whether you are guilty or not guilty.

What happens if I’m convicted of murder?

The judge will sentence you to a life sentence. They will also set a minimum period you must spend in prison before you’re eligible for release.

What if I’m found not guilty of murder?

You’re free to leave and go home.

What if I’m convicted on manslaughter?

The maximum sentence for manslaughter is life imprisonment. However, a judge can impose a lesser punishment dependent on factors such as the severity of the offence. He can then impose a shorter custodial sentence, a suspended sentence, and in exceptional circumstances, a community sentence.

What if I’m found not guilty of manslaughter?

You’re free to leave and go home.

Even if you’ve previously been represented by another firm of solicitors at the police station, you can still call Castle Solicitors and ask our legal team to deal with your case.

Why should I choose Castle Solicitors?

We understand

24 hours a day you can contact us if you require legal advice.

We’re experienced

We don’t like losing, so if matters do go to trial, you’re guaranteed a solicitor who has a successful track record.

We win

Our goal is always to get the very best result for our clients, whether that be the police taking no further action, preventing someone from receiving a custodial sentence or clearing a client’s name with an acquittal after trial.

What should I do now?

Contact us by calling on 0121 226 3636, emailing admin@castlesolicitors.co.uk or even sending a message from this website on the contact page. We will call you back as soon as possible (usually within 2 hours) but in any event no later than 24 hours.

For emergencies, you can also contact our 24-hour helpline on 07912 784485


If you have been arrested to simply ask for Castle Solicitors at the police station and we will receive the call. 

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