Whether you want advice or representation in appealing against a conviction, confiscation order or sentence or just want a second opinion, our appeals department at ABV Solicitors has extensive experience in carrying out appeal work.
We only act on a privately paying basis or through an insurance policy that you may have.
What is an Appeal?
In a criminal court case, a decision on sentencing or conviction is not always the right decision.
The conviction maybe unsafe as a matter of law or through fresh evidence obtained that was not available at the time of the trial.
The sentence imposed at the end of a case may be too high making it manifestly excessive.
The appeal process can also apply to Confiscation Orders that it can be argued should not have been made or are too harsh.
If you have been convicted of a crime, it might be possible to appeal against your sentence or conviction.
How is this possible?
At ABV our team will review your case to see if the original decision was wrong in law, assess the possibility of fresh evidence being available, it could be argued that the law itself was wrong or at least that it was wrongly applied to the facts of your case.
Where do I Appeal?
Cases that are heard in the Magistrates’ Court, you would seek permission to appeal to the Crown Court and from there it could go to the Court of Appeal.
Cases heard in the Crown Court, you would seek permission to appeal in the Court of Appeal.
Sometimes your appeal could be dealt with by the Supreme Court, or the European Court of Human Rights. We can discuss this in further detail once instructed to advise on your appeal.
We only act on a privately paying basis or through an insurance policy that you or a family member may have.
We can agree fees for different stages of the appeal. It is possible to either agree an hourly rate or a fixed fee to give you some certainty and assurance with budgeting your costs.
Please call us to discuss in further detail.