APPEALS

If you believe you have been wrongly convicted of a crime or received a harsh sentence, know that you have the right to pursue an appeal. It could be that you believe the conviction itself is wrong or there may be an argument that one or more legal errors occurred in the handling of your case.

There are strict time limits on lodging appeals against a decision made by a court so it is crucial that you seek legal advice as soon as possible.

Appealing the severity of the sentence can, depending on the type of matter, require your lawyers to identify a specific error which arose in the sentence hearing, or demonstrate that the penalty was manifestly excessive. However, in sentence appeals from the Local Court to District Court in NSW, no specific error is required and the appeal is simply heard as a rehearing of the sentence (including relying on any fresh evidence, if applicable). The Judge can simply impose a new sentence if they consider it appropriate. 

Criminal appeals against a conviction or the severity of a sentence can be highly complex and technical, which is why it is essential to have an experienced team of criminal defence lawyers in your corner. We will bring our decades of experience to give you the best possible chance of succeeding on appeal in any jurisdiction.

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