Sam Stein QC
“Get a top criminal appeals barrister on your side from day 1”
Sam has a proven track record in the Court of Appeal. Only you know if you have been wrongly convicted. Sam can be instructed by your solicitors or on a direct access basis to review the trial material. The starting point is a discussion and then a written advice setting out whether there are arguable Grounds of Appeal. Remember the longer you delay the harder it gets.
The Court of Appeal provides those convicted of an offence with a means to appeal the decision made by the courts. As well as offering the chance to appeal a guilty verdict, the court also allows for the convicted to appeal against a sentence that they were handed. Not all defendants will be allowed to appeal, and it is necessary to first apply for leave to appeal before showing that there are reasonable grounds for appeal.
It is only usually possible to appeal a verdict if you pleaded not guilty to the crime in the first place. You will usually be able to appeal the verdict if a particular trial process was not followed properly, or if there is new evidence that may change the verdict arrived at by the court. You should seek legal advice to determine whether new evidence would be admissible, and whether it would likely make a difference to the outcome of a case.
Whether you pleaded guilty or not guilty, you may have the right to appeal the sentence you were given.
The courts may consider new evidence when rehearing a case, but the evidence must meet certain criteria. It must be relevant, believable, admissible, and there must have been a reasonable reason that it was not submitted during the original hearing. The new evidence must also have been likely to have had an influence on the outcome of the case.
In order to be able to appeal a sentence or verdict, you must first apply to the courts for the right to appeal, or leave to appeal.
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