Murder and manslaughter are considered to be the most serious of criminal offences and therefore carry the most serious penalties a court can impose, being life imprisonment.
Causing the death of another person is the primary element of both offences however, the main distinguishing feature between them is the element of fault. In particular, for murder, the prosecution will assert what you intended to do, whereas in the case of manslaughter, whether you were negligent or reckless in causing the death of another person may be relevant.
We advise you to contact us immediately if you have been charged with one of these offences, as the consequences of failing to obtain legal representation with such serious charges can have a disastrous impact on your case. We have experience in advising and representing clients together with senior barristers with respect to murder trials both in Western Australia and the Northern Territory.