Early release on licence and Home Detention Curfew (HDC) involve conditions which must be followed.
Licence conditions may involve a curfew, or not being able to associate with certain individuals, or visit a certain area or place if it is thought there is a risk of harm to the offender or another party – or a risk that the offender may become involved in criminal activity.
However, sometimes licence conditions might have effects not anticipated by the Parole Board – or circumstances might change, making licence conditions difficult or impossible to adhere to. This might be the case if a change of address is necessary – or an offender has to visit an area to see a family member, to work, for volunteering activities, or for rehabilitation purposes, such as a course.
Breaching the conditions of a licence can lead to arrest by the police – and a return to prison for Parole Review for recall.
Extra conditions may be added to a licence as a result of recall – or even an extended sentence.
To appeal against licence conditions, it is essential to take legal advice from a prison law solicitor who can advise on the likelihood of success, any factors which the appeals panel might take into account – and help prepare the appeal and written representations to give the appellant (the person making the appeal) the best chance of success.
Duncan Lewis can also advise on whether certain licence conditions are necessary – including liaising with the Probation Service over licence conditions which could prove unnecessarily restrictive or breach an offender’s human rights.
Call Duncan Lewis as soon as possible for legal advice on appeals against licence conditions, or any other prison law matter.
There are Duncan Lewis offices nationwide – and our prison law solicitors regularly visit police stations, prisons and courts to advise on criminal law and prison law.
For expert legal advice on appeals against licence conditions, call Duncan Lewis prison law solicitors on 020 7923 4020.
For urgent prison law advice or 24/7 help at a police station, call the Duncan Lewis Emergency Hotline on 020 7275 2036.
Under reforms to Legal Aid, Duncan Lewis is no longer able to offer public funding for appeals against licence conditions.
However, Duncan Lewis prison law solicitors are usually able to offer competitively priced fixed fees to our clients, with notice of legal costs in advance whenever possible.
To speak to one of our prison law experts about appeals against licence conditions, call Duncan Lewis prison law solicitors now on 020 7923 4020.