Appeals Against Sentence

    In this article, we consider appeals against sentence from the Crown Court to the Court of Appeal. The appeal process can be complicated depending on the individual case, but here we outline the basics. Early Indications We ensure that all of our clients are given an early indication of the likely sentence range,

Can I Have a Restraining Order Discharged?

A great many people are subject to restraining orders made under the Protection From Harassment Act 1997. The orders are designed to protect people from harassment and are commonly made in so-called ‘domestic violence’ cases. However, life moves on, and it is quite common for old relationships to be re-established. If this happens before an

Confiscation – The Hidden Sentence

If you were able to listen in to a conference between client and solicitor, you might hear an exchange a little like this one: ‘What am I looking at?’ ‘Around 12-15 months, suspended if you are very lucky.’ ‘Oh, I can live with that!’ ‘But there is something else?’ ‘What?’ ‘You are going to lose

Points, Lies and Prison

  One of the most serious offences that can come before a court is ‘perverting the course of justice’, this is because it strikes at the very heart of the justice system. Due to its seriousness, immediate custody almost always follows, yet there are a surprising number of people who commit this offence, thinking that