Court of Appeal

The criminal trial process is not free from mistakes or injustice, and sometimes people are convicted of a crime they did not commit. Undoubtedly, this can be very difficult for the individual, their friends and family, but attempts to overturn the conviction can be made at the Court of Appeal. However, emerging victorious from the Court of Appeal can be difficult, which is why it is so important you seek the very best legal advice if you wish to appeal a court decision.

At JMW, we offer a Private Client Criminal Law Service, which is designed to offer a thorough, detailed and highly focused approach to legal representation - a service ideal for appealing a conviction. Our experienced and qualified team are able to guide you through the appeals process, from start to finish, offering first-class assistance every step of the way.

Should you or a family member wish to make an appeal, and feel you have grounds to do so, you should seek expert legal advice at once. Common appeals include:

  • Appeals against conviction - These can be complex, and are typically based on incorrect rulings on the law, new evidence or irregularities during the trial

  • Appeals against sentence - These are often made when it is believed that a punishment is too harsh, such as when a sentence is thought to be excessive or wrong in law or principle

When appealing against a conviction, the process can be particularly difficult. Expert legal representation - which can help you thoroughly prepare for an appeal, and guide you throughout the remainder of the process - is vital. Although appeals against sentence are more common, the complexities involved mean it is essential you seek experienced legal advice to give you the best chance of getting the outcome you want. Many appeals fail because of the length of time between the conviction or sentence and the lodgement of the appeal notice. Many more fail because they have not been properly prepared. Appellants therefore need to act quickly in obtaining proper advice.

For more information about our Private Client Criminal Law Service, you can speak to one of our expert solicitors by calling us on 0345 872 6666. Alternatively, we will get back in touch with you if you prefer to fill in the online contact form on this page.

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