It is possible to appeal a conviction at the Appeal Court if:
Under the Criminal Appeal Act 1968 and Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008, a judge can grant a certificate of fitness to appeal within 28 days of a verdict.
It is important to note that if the Court of Appeal quashes a conviction, it can re-sentence an appellant (the person convicted and appealing) for any other offence for which the appellant was sentenced at the same time.
Duncan Lewis criminal appeals solicitors can advise on serving an appeal notice on the Crown Court office – and the grounds for which an appeal might be successful, including evidence that might not have been presented to the court during a trial, how a trial was run or managed, or other relevant factors which would form the basis of a conviction appeal.
Because there is a 28-day time limit for serving an appeal notice after conviction, it is essential to contact Duncan Lewis criminal appeals solicitors as soon as possible.
A judge will then decide whether an appeal has a sufficient chance of succeeding – if so, the appeal will be heard at a full hearing.
The Duncan Lewis Crime Department is ranked in Legal 500 2014 for its General Crime and White Collar Fraud Work.
Duncan Lewis criminal solicitors have acknowledged expertise in case building based on a sound knowledge of the criminal justice system – and a successful track record in helping clients appeal convictions.
Duncan Lewis represents clients at Police Stations, Magistrates’ Courts, Crown Courts, and at Appeal Courts such as the Court of Appeal – and has highly experienced Higher Court Advocates with a background in conducting serious fraud cases.
There are Duncan Lewis offices nationwide across England and Wales.
Duncan Lewis criminal appeals solicitors aim for the best possible outcome for clients wishing to appeal a conviction.
Call Duncan Lewis motoring offence solicitors 020 7923 4020 for expert legal advice on conviction appeals and serving an appeal notice on the Crown Court office.
After conviction, counsel will usually advise on whether there may be grounds for appeal – of so, the advice will be in writing.
Duncan Lewis advises clients who are wish to appeal a conviction to contact us as soon as possible – the limit for serving an appeal notice is 28 days after sentencing.
In some cases the limitation period for an appeal may be extended – known as Leave to Appeal out of Time – which may apply if a client is already serving a prison sentence and wishes to appeal a conviction.
In cases where a second opinion on a conviction/ conviction appeal is being sought, Duncan Lewis criminal appeals solicitors can advise on the process and arrange to visit a client in prison to discuss the case further.
Duncan Lewis criminal appeals solicitors are a leading provider of Legal Aid criminal defence services.
However, Legal Aid is means tested and may only be available in certain circumstances – Duncan Lewis can advise further on Legal Aid at the initial client meeting or phone call.
In cases where a client may not be eligible for Legal Aid, Duncan Lewis criminal appeals solicitors offer competitively-priced fee levels for private client representation – with fixed fees and advance notice of any costs whenever possible.
In some cases, after the event insurance may also be a funding option.
Call Duncan Lewis Criminal Appeals Solicitors to discuss Conviction Appeals on 020 7923 4020.