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Criminal Appeals

In a criminal court case, a decision on sentencing or conviction does not always have to be final.  A defendant can often argue that the conviction was unsafe, or that the sentence was too harsh.  They can also argue that Confiscation Orders (made to stop them from benefitting financially from their crime) should not have been made.

If you have been convicted of a crime, it might be possible to appeal against your sentence or conviction. This could be done by finding new evidence, or by arguing that the decision was unfair or unreasonable. It could even be argued that the law itself was wrong or at least that it was badly applied to the facts of your case. 

If your case was originally dealt with in the Magistrates’ Court, you could ask for permission to appeal to the Crown Court and from there it could go to the Court of Appeal. If it was heard originally in the Crown Court, your appeal would be dealt with in the Court of Appeal. Sometimes your appeal could be dealt with by the Criminal Cases Review Commission or the European Court of Human Rights, or it could go all the way to the House of Lords.

It can take a lot of work to prove that you have a good reason to appeal. Finding new evidence and challenging the law can be complicated and take time, but if it is at all possible we will fight for your right to appeal. 

How Irwin Mitchell Can Help Your Criminal Appeal 

Whether you want advice or to be represented in appealing against a conviction, confiscation order or sentence or just want a second opinion, we can help. Our expert, dedicated team of solicitors specialise in helping our clients to appeal decisions made against them in court, so you can be sure we have the expertise and experience needed to make your case as strongly as possible. 

You can expect us to give you clear advice in plain English and keep you fully informed of everything that is happening and what we are doing to help you.  Our solicitors have many years of experience in successfully handling criminal appeal cases in the:

  • Crown Court
  • Court of Appeal (Criminal Division)
  • House of Lords
  • European Court of Human Rights

If you would like more information, please get in touch with us.  Our solicitors can be available 24 hours a day 7 days a week and we can be wherever you need us to be.

Funding Your Case

We act on a privately paying basis, often through insurance policies and sometimes through legal aid (we can advise you about whether this would be available for you). 

We will always discuss with you what the case is likely to cost and will always aim to keep your costs as low as possible, ensuring you get value for money. 

Call Today For A No-Obligation Discussion

If you have been convicted or had a confiscation order against you and wish to appeal, or you wish to appeal against a sentence, please contact our team as soon as possible.

For an initial discussion with no obligation, please call Paul Haycock on 0114 274 4275. Alternatively, contact us online and we will get back to you.

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