Allegations of murder and manslaughter are extremely serious and carry a mandatory life sentence on conviction. These types of cases regularly involve the analysis of phone and cell site data (the location of electronic devices linked to defendants) along with the instruction of numerous forensic and medical experts.
We have built an excellent panel of experts that we frequently use on these types of cases. These experts could be instructed to conduct DNA and fingerprint examination, cell site analysis, psychiatric assessments and forensic pathology. Nicholls & Nicholls know how important it is to review every piece of disclosure evidence from the Crown Prosecution Service. Regularly, the case evidence for the defence can be found in volumes of unused material. We have advised on the evidence and defended allegations of extremely high profile killings and attempted murders.
Offences against the person cover a range of offences such as common assault, wounding or inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent, harassment or stalking, robbery and knife crime. A lot of these offences are found in the Offences Against the Person Act 1861 and the Criminal Justice Act of 1988 and 2003.
It is not uncommon for some of these offences to fall within the domestic setting. Courts now consider matters that fall in this category as more serious when it comes to sentencing. The Courts and the Crown Prosecution Service now apply an ‘uplift’ to offences if convicted in a domestic abuse category which can make the punishment more severe. It is therefore crucial to ensure that you have a lawyer to advise in these scenarios. Nicholls & Nicholls can assist with these queries and provide initial advice, make representations to the police about bail conditions and investigations, as well as represent you in court if you are charged with this type of offence.
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