Threats to Kill Defence Solicitors
Specialist criminal solicitors and barristers at representing clients facing investigation of Threats to Kill
At Kang & Co Solicitors, we offer expert legal advice and representation to individuals facing either a Police Investigation or a CPS Prosecution for the offence of Threats to Kill contrary to Section 16 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861.
We have a dedicated private funded criminal defence team available to assist, advise and represent clients facing a potential criminal prosecution for the offence of Threats to Kill. If you require robust defence representation, please call our private crime team on 0330 818 9847 or complete our Contact Form for a call back.
Threats to Kill Offence
It is important to appreciate that a remark made in the heat of an argument, can potentially result in a criminal prosecution, and possibly a custodial sentence (prison sentence). This is a very serious criminal allegation, with cases often being sent to the Crown Court where the Court can impose a sentence of up to 10 years imprisonment. In order to secure the best possible outcome, securing expert representation at an early stage in the proceedings is recommended.
Comments such as ‘I’m going to kill you’ can be said during a heated argument however, when such a report is made to the Police, they will conduct a thorough investigation, which may result in an arrest or require attendance at a Voluntary Police Station Interview. A prosecution for Threats to Kill can often be connected to other allegations such as Domestic Violence and the Police may impose conditional bail during the period of the investigation and after charge.
Our law firm is ranked amongst the top tier of law firms in the United Kingdom with a top ranking in the category of Crime (which includes Driving Offence), the highest ranking that can achieved in the Chambers Guide.
The Legal 500 guide describes Kang & Co Solicitors as being “well adept at tailoring its resources to an individual case and investing heavily for the client. Legal advice is honest and the team always takes into consideration the views of the client.”
Offences Against the Person Act 1861
The offence is contained within Section 16 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861 which creates a criminal offence if:
“A person who without lawful excuse makes to another a threat, intending that that other would fear it would be carried out, to kill that other or a third person shall be guilty of an offence and liable on conviction on indictment to imprisonment for a term not exceeding ten years.”
The prosecution must prove the following elements to secure a conviction:
- any person without lawful excuse
- makes a threat to another person to kill that person or another
- intending that person to fear the threat would be carried out
The meaning of ‘without lawful excuse’
The threat to kill must be made ‘without lawful excuse’. Therefore, a threat made in self-defence to prevent an attack or a crime may amount to a lawful excuse, provided that it was reasonable in the circumstances to make such a threat. Whether it was reasonable will be a question for the jury.
Where the defendant raises lawful excuse, it is for the prosecution to prove, beyond reasonable doubt, the absence of the lawful excuse.
Aggravating Factors with Threats to Kill
Each prosecution for Threats to Kill is individual and unique and will contain several aggravating and mitigating factors. Common aggravating factors for this offence include:
- Offence committed against those working in the public sector or providing a service to the public;
- Impact of offence on others, particularly children;
- Victim is particularly vulnerable (not all vulnerabilities are immediately apparent);
- Failure to comply with current court orders:
- Offence committed on licence or post sentence supervision
Paying Privately for Criminal Representation
We have been covering only private client criminal cases for many years and the benefits to our clients are clear. Our clients receive a much higher level of legal expertise and attention, because they are funding their cases privately. This enables us to dedicate more time in preparing the case, compared with firms that may also offer legal aid. Legal aid lawyers (Duty Solicitors) are often over-worked and are covering more cases than they should, as the nature of their work is not profitable, and this can result in your case not receiving the time and attention it deserves.
Our private client solicitors are specialists in their field, have significant experience and will have dealt with other cases like yours in the past and will know the best strategies to achieve a not guilty verdict.
Advantages of Paying Privately for a Specialist Criminal Defence Lawyer
- Expertise: There are very limited number of law firms throughout the country that only accept criminal cases on a private fee-paying basis, these lawyers will usually only accept such cases because they possess superior legal knowledge and expertise.
- Communication: Paying for legal representation privately will usually result in better and more frequent communication with your Solicitor and Barrister. Lawyers paid privately will usually respond to e-mails and phone calls quickly.
- Preparation: The amount of time a lawyer spends preparing a case and considering the evidence will have an impact upon the result. Paying privately will ensure that the lawyer can spend enough time on case preparation, which will have a positive impact on the overall outcome of the case. We prepare thoroughly for each case.
- Service: Clients that instruct lawyers via private funds will receive a substantially better service than those using legal aid.
- Quality: The overall quality of legal representation from private client solicitors is significantly superior.
- Consistency: We provide all our clients with consistency and continuity, the lawyer dealing with your case will be the same person from start to finish.
We are a Leading National Private Client Criminal Defence Law Firm, that frequently receives 5-star reviews and positive feedback from satisfied clients on Trustpilot, Google Reviews and Yell.
Kang & Co Solicitors are also recognised as a Top Ranked Law Firm for Criminal Law by the prestigious Chambers & Partners legal guide and The Legal 500. This reputation has been developed by providing unrivalled expertise, practical advice, communication, and court advocacy.
If you choose to appoint us to defend your case, we guarantee that you will be provided with the best legal representation available, which in turn will provide you with the best chance of a successful result at Court.
Our Agreed Fees for Private Crime cases start from;
£2,500 + VAT
Why Instruct Kang & Co Criminal Defence Lawyers?
Clients choose us to represent them for their criminal law case because of our excellent track record and understanding approach towards their case, we understand and appreciate the impact of a conviction on your professional and personal life.
We have an outstanding reputation in the industry and regularly receive positive feedback from our clients. Regardless of how serious or minor the offence, our team of skilled criminal law solicitors are well trained, and highly motivated to protect your rights. If you instruct us to defend your case, we will explain everything to you about your prosecution and will discuss your bespoke defence strategy with you in detail and will advise you on all the possible outcomes.
In addition to having our own in-house barristers and advocates, we also have strong working relationships with very senior members of the Bar (including KC’s) and other leading legal experts in their field who can form part of your legal defence team.
We represent the full range of clients from ordinary people, through to high-net worth individuals, business owners, sports personalities and actors. We are instructed by individuals that are in a financial position to pay privately for legal representation and those that appreciate the benefits of doing this, as opposed to using public funding.
We have significant experience in successfully defending:
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