What is assisted suicide?
Assisted suicide is the act of helping someone end their life.
Assisted suicide usually occurs when someone is suffering a terminal illness or a chronic illness that is causing a great deal of suffering.
Assisted suicide is illegal under English law.
If I am found guilty of assisted suicide what sentence am I likely to expect?
The severity of the sentence is based upon certain factors. These include:
- The age of the victim
- The mental capacity of the victim
- Evidence that the victim had not decided to commit suicide
- The offender was not wholly motivated by compassion
- The victim was capable of committing suicide themselves
- The offender was unknown to the victim
- The victim was in the care of the offender in a professional capacity
- Evidence the offender pressured the victim into committing suicide
Based on the above and other factors, a person convicted of assisting someone to commit suicide could receive up to 14 years in prison.
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