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In Scots law, murder happens when a person takes the life of another with intent or with reckless disregard for that person’s life. It may be however that you were acting in self defence. This would amount to a complete defence. Or that you had diminished responsibility for your actions which could result in the charge against you being reduced
Attempted murder is very similar to the crime of murder, the main difference being that the action did not result in another person’s death.
Culpable homicide is the charge given if the actions of the accused resulted in the end of someone’s life but the accused had neither the intent nor the wicked recklessness required for a charge of murder.
A charge of murder will often be reduced to culpable homicide on examination of the facts and circumstances. There are also defences available to culpable homicide, which may mitigate your sentence or result in a not guilty verdict.
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