Criminal appeals solicitors

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Appealing a Crown Court conviction or sentence

Criminal appeals solicitors Birmingham


Overturn Your Unjust Conviction or Sentence: Appeal Today.


Challenging or appealing a Crown Court conviction is a complex process and will be a daunting prospect. As expert criminal appeals solicitors, we can help you understand and exercise your rights, we can review your conviction or sentence to assess whether there is a proper basis on which an appeal could be made, if there is, we will guide you through each step of the appeal process.

Why Appeal Your Conviction or Sentence?

A wrongful conviction or an unfair sentence may have a profound impact on your life, your family, and your future. By appealing your case to the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) which considers challenges to Crown Court decisions, you may be able to remedy any injustice and reclaiming your life.


What and where is the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division)

The Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) was previously known as the Court of Criminal Appeal.

The Court is essentially a Court of Final Appeal for all appeals arising from the Crown Court by anyone seeking to challenge their conviction or sentence handed down by the Crown Court. The Court is in the heart of legal London in the Strand. The RCJ is a grade I listed building, which was designed by the Victorian architect George Edmund Street. It houses the High Court and Court of Appeal of England and Wales.


When will the Court of Appeal overturn a conviction or change a sentence?

The Court will consider whether there is a real prospect that the conviction is “unsafe”. If the conviction is quashed the sentence will also be overturned. If it is an appeal only against sentence, the Court of Appeal will consider the appeal if the sentence is wrong in law, manifestly excessive or wrong in principle. The Court cc


What are possible reasons to appeal?

A conviction is likely to be unsafe where there has been legal error, juror misconduct, ineffective assistance of counsel, false arrest, exclusion of evidence, and errors of law.


What are the deadlines for appealing?

An application for leave to appeal must be made within 28 days of sentence. In some circumstances, it may be possible to ask for an extension of time and make a late appeal.


Is there any risk in appealing?

The Court could make a costs order. It could also make a loss of time order if it considers the appeal was without merit; both the single judge and the full court can make such an order.


How We Can Help You?

We are expert criminal appeals solicitors. We specialise in appealing Crown Court convictions and sentences. We will ensure that your case receives the attention it deserves.

We will consider the details of your case to determine the merits of an appeal. We will carefully look at the trial records, legal arguments, and any new evidence that may affect the outcome of your case.

We will represent your interests throughout the appeals process. We will work with specialist criminal appeals barristers. We will ensure that your voice is heard. We will prepare and present a compelling case, highlighting any errors or discrepancies that may have led to your unsafe conviction or unfair sentence.

We will keep you informed of your appeal’s progress and provide you with the support you need.


What is the appeals process?

The appeals process typically follows these steps:


Seeking Leave to Appeal (also known as permission to appeal)

It is not possible to appeal conviction or sentence to the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) unless the single judge gives permission. If the single judge refuses to grant permission that is the end of the process unless the application for permission to appeal is renewed to the full court which can grant permission to appeal or uphold the single judge’s decision.

We will work with leading barristers to help prepare a strong application for leave to appeal, setting out in detail the grounds for your appeal and the reasons why permission to make a criminal appeal should be granted.

If permission to appeal is granted, a hearing will take place at which we will instruct top criminal appeals barristers to present your appeal. The barrister will address any issues that may have affected the fairness of your trial or the reasonableness of your sentence.

In most cases, the judges will reserve their decision and will hand down a written decision at a later date after the hearing.


What are the powers of the Court of Appeal after hearing an appeal?


What are the funding arrangements?

We only take on privately paid criminal appeals.


What should you do now?


Take the first step towards justice by contacting us for a free initial consultation.


Contact our criminal appeals solicitors

If you are considering appealing a Crown Court conviction and/or sentence, we can help and ensure that you have the representation you need.


To speak to an experienced criminal appeals solicitor in Birmingham, call us on 0121 309 0013, email us at or fill in our contact form.


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