Attempted murder is arguably the most serious form of assault (short of actually causing the death of the victim), as it requires the specific intention to try to kill another person. Unlike a murder itself, which requires intent to kill or commit grievous bodily harm, an attempted murder requires the highest level of malicious intent.
An allegation of attempted murder is so serious that it is classed as an indictable only offence. This means that only the Crown Court can hear a case of attempted murder, and the maximum penalty is life imprisonment. While there are specific sentence guidelines for attempted murder, to reflect the full range of incidents covered by the offence, any conviction for such a grave crime will result in a substantial prison sentence.
Due to the complexity of any allegation of attempted murder, it would be impossible to usefully summarise the law relating to the offence in any real detail. However, this site is dedicated to helping people who need further information on any aspect of the criminal law.
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