Plead not guilty
In order to be convicted of this offence, the police must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that:
- You committed an act or omission causing death with intent to kill or inflict grievous bodily harm; or
- You committed an act or omission causing death with reckless indifference to human life; or
- The death occurred during you committing an offence which is punishable for life or 25 years.
If any of the individual elements of Murder cannot be proven beyond reasonable doubt, then you will be found not guilty of the offence.
If the above elements can be proven beyond reasonable doubt, you will still be found not guilty if any of the following defences can be established:
Further, a person’s culpability will be reduced to manslaughter where the act is a voluntary act sufficient to constitute murder but a defence to murder is established such as excessive self-defence, intoxication, substantial abnormality of the mind or provocation.
Our experienced criminal lawyers will advise you of your prospects of successfully defending any charge brought against you and fight to have you found not guilty of the offence.
If you agree with what the police are alleging against you, the way to get the best result is often to plead guilty as it demonstrates remorse and contrition as well as meaning that you will be entitled to a discount on your sentence. Alternatively, it may be the case that one of our experienced solicitors can negotiate with prosecutors for you to plead guilty to a less serious charge.
The offence of Murder carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment in the Supreme Court. Murder is an extremely serious offence. We advise that you contact one of our solicitors immediately if you are charged with this offence.
Generally, penalties that a court can impose for any criminal offence in NSW are: