Prisoners attending a hearing for Parole Review are entitled to legal advice funded by Legal Aid, to enable a solicitor to speak for them at a Parole Board hearing and put their case to the Parole Board panel.
Duncan Lewis prison law solicitors regularly represent clients with IPP (imprisonment for public protection) and other sentences at Parole Board reviews, including.
The Parole Board Review is a risk assessment to ensure offenders can safely be released from prison back into the community. In the case of those serving life sentences – “lifers“ – the Parole Board must decide if the risk to others is “no more than minimal”.
Under the Criminal Justice Act 2003, IPP sentences are classed as a “serious specified offence” – usually involving convictions for violent crime or sexual offences. Because of the nature of the offences, parole applications have to be considered carefully – and it is vital to be represented adequately to have the best chance of a fair review for parole.
Life sentences are handed out for the most serious crimes – and again, although lifers are eligible for a Parole Board Review, it is essential to be professionally represented at the hearing, so that a fair case for parole can be made on an offender’s behalf.
Duncan Lewis prison law solicitors offer clear and honest advice about an offender’s chances of parole – and can make the best case for clients at any Parole Board review hearing, regardless of the offence(s) involved.
Our prison law team is highly successful at representing all clients, from lifers to young offenders – and can also advise on appeals against Parole Board decisions, licence conditions and parole reviews for recall, as well as early release on compassionate grounds and Guittard Applications or Judicial Review of a Parole Board decision.
Duncan Lewis Prison Law Solicitors – When to contact us
Duncan Lewis can advise on Parole Board Reviews as soon as a prison sentence has been handed down – including advising on automatic release halfway through an IPP sentence.
Call Duncan Lewis as soon as possible if there is any query relating to parole – or a Parole Board hearing is approaching or has been scheduled.
Duncan Lewis Prison Law Solicitors – How to contact us
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 Parole Reviews, 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.
Duncan Lewis is a leading provider of Legal Aid criminal law and prison law services.