What Happens if You Are Found Guilty

Updated on Tuesday 18th October 2016

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If an individual is found guilty of criminal offences, he will receive a sentence like an imprisonment, fines or community services to perform. Our defence solicitors in London will offer legal representation for your case and help you appeal against the conviction or verdict. Condemning can take place upon the defendant's pleading or being found guilty or at a later date, in which case the defendant will be sent back to jail until sentencing or free on bail.

Appealing the "guilty" verdict

An appeal is an evaluation of the trial court's application of the law. There is no jury in an appeal, nor do the attorneys present witnesses or, usually, other procedures of evidence. The court will accept the facts as they were exposed in the trial court if an accurate finding is obviously against the weight of the proof. The appeals court cannot decide the integrity of a witness or make a pronouncement as to whether or not someone was lying in his/her testimony. The appellate court defines whether the judge made all of his/her decisions founded on the rules. If an individual considers appealing the case, the first step is to consult a defence solicitor in London. When you consult with an appellant lawyer, you have to bring your judgement along. Additionally, you have to be ready to answer questions about mistakes that the judge made during the hearing.

Getting a grant of legal aid to appeal

The defendant found guilty can apply for a grant of legal aid to appeal and, with the help of a defence solicitor in London, has to attach a transcript of what happened in the court to the application for a grant of legal aid. If he already has an opinion from a defence solicitor in London about the grounds of appeal, he will also need to attach this to the application as this will also be taken into consideration. A conclusion will then be made to grant or to refuse aid for the defendant’s appeal. Moreover, if you are appealing a Magistrates Court verdict, you will also need to provide the Supreme Court with a copy of:

•    any other record the court will need to decide the appeal (for example, the statement of material facts, your criminal record etc.);
•    the prosecution notification;
•    the transcript of records in the court of law.

What happens if the appeal is refused

If your application for appeal is declined, you can request a review of the pronouncement. Time limits apply in this case, so if you wish to ask for a review, you should get legal assistance from a defence solicitor in London, as soon as possible to verify whether you have good reasons for asking for a review.

Please feel free to contact our team of defence solicitors in London, in order to obtain legal representation and proper advice in case if you are found guilty in the court of law.


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