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Appeal a Criminal Conviction or Sentence

We have extensive experience in winning appeals against conviction and sentence for our clients. This is a very complex area of the law that can have an enormous effect on your life which, is why you should always seek quality legal advice.

Overturning a conviction or sentence can be difficult and there are few law firms who can give you the time and expertise to put together an expert appeal. We have both solicitors and in-house barristers who will fight your corner both at the Crown and at the Court of Appeal.

Do I have the right to appeal?

This depends on which court the case was heard in. Once we have some initial information we’ll be able to tell you whether you can appeal your conviction, sentence or both. This area of the law is complex and it may be that there were errors as to law and/or fact, that need to be examined in detail before you make the decision to appeal.

Magistrates Court

A decision of the Magistrates can be appealed by way of an appeal to the Crown Court. Once convicted the appeal should be lodged within 28 days of the sentence being passed. The appeal is by way of a rehearing of the hearing at the Magistrates’ Court and is heard by a Judge and two magistrates. There is an automatic right of appeal, but an unsuccessful appeal may result in costs being awarded against you. We will give you a realistic assessment of your chances on appeal.

Please email our appeals team on for more information.

Crown Court

A conviction in the Crown Court can only be appealed if the conviction is deemed to be “unsafe”. You must have grounds upon which to base your appeal and cannot appeal a conviction merely because you don’t like it. We will advise you as to whether we consider that you have arguable grounds of appeal and if we do we will settle grounds of appeal and argue them before the Court of Appeal.

A sentence can only be appealed if it is wrong in law or deemed to be manifestly excessive. We will advise you as to whether your sentence is either wrong in law or manifestly excessive and if it is we will settle grounds and argue them before the Court of Appeal.

Again such grounds of appeal should be submitted within 28 days of conviction/sentence but appeals can be heard “out of time” if it is in the interests of Justice.

How much will it cost?

It may be that legal aid might cover your appeal but in certain areas it will not. We can therefore act for you on a private basis. We are transparent and open about our fees, offering fixed fees at highly competitive rates. Please contact us for a no obligation quotation.

We can also offer second opinions on a private basis when clients are already legally aided and represented by another solicitor.

Why choose our appeals team?

Our appeals team will explain the process to you in non legal terms and help you every step of the way. We pride ourselves on the results we receive for our clients. We are also one of the largest criminal defence firms in the country, having both solicitors and defence barristers. We also have offices nationwide, which means we can assist wherever you live.

We specialise in the following areas, Magistrates Court Appeals, Crown Court Proceedings, Court of Appeal, The Supreme Court and the European Court of Human Rights. 

We also offer video link meetings, which allows us to speak face to face with clients in prison.

How to make contact

For a no obligation discussion, please contact or telephone our team on 07909 684 179.

Cartwright King has offices in BirminghamBedfordBoltonDerbyLeedsLeicesterLondon TempleManchesterMiddlesbroughNorthamptonNottinghamSheffield and Worcester.

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