Criminal Appeals. Criminal Defence Solicitors
Appealing against a conviction can be a difficult and complex process but a conviction can have life changing consequences. If your solicitors advised that you have no grounds to appeal, you may want to seek a second opinion from a new professional legal advisor, especially if you feel your case was not defended as robustly as it could have been.
Our Solicitors offer the time and expertise to investigate a conviction and put together an expert appeal.
The rules around appeals depend on which court the case was heard in. There is an automatic right to appeal a conviction after trial in a Magistrates’ Court. If a person is convicted after trial in a Crown Court, permission to appeal needs to be sought from the Court of Appeal.
If your case was heard in the Magistrates Court, then, the appeal should be lodged within 21 days of the sentence date. The appeal allows a rehearing of the case at the Crown Court by a judge and two magistrates. It is important to note that an unsuccessful appeal may result in additional costs awarded against you and / or possibly an increase in the sentence.
A conviction in the Crown Court can only be appealed if there was a mistake in the trial processor the sentence is manifestly excessive. It cannot be appealed just because you do not agree with it. Appeals against conviction from the Crown Court should be lodged within 28 days of conviction. If an appeal is made but is unsuccessful you may be liable for prosecution costs. If the appeal is deemed to be without merit then all or some of the time served on remand or to the date of appeal may not count towards the sentence.
Our solicitors will obtain the necessary information and will then advise whether you can appeal against your conviction, sentence or both.
Our Solicitors are approachable and deliver a highly professional service. If you are comparing us with other law providers, remember we are authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, our team have years of experience between them.
Our firm is long established and we pride ourselves on our excellent client care. We are here to help and guide you with an initial fixed fee consultation (£125+vat), following that the solicitors hourly fees are applied (£250+VAT).
Please note that you need to formally instruct us or arrange an appointment before we can consider your matter or give you any advice. We do not accept instructions on a “no win, no fee” or legal aid basis.
Contact our solicitors in Ruislip, Middlesex
The locally-based lawyers at The Sethi Partnership Solicitors have been providing specialist legal advice for a diverse range of clients since 1994. Whatever your circumstances, speak to one of our trusted solicitors today to discuss your case.
To arrange an initial appointment, call us today on 020 3856 8156 or complete our online enquiry form.