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Assisted suicide

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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