The Criminal Appeal Process
The criminal appeal process is similar to a standard criminal investigation, but with a slightly different focus – you’ve already been convicted and lost your liberty.
In this situation, time is of the essence. There is only a limited time in which to carry out the appeal, and there’s a limit to the amount of appeals you can make. It is therefore vital that you hire a private investigator to help with your case straightaway.
A specialist criminal appeal investigator can assist by providing you with stronger evidence. They’re dedicated to tracking down any potential witnesses, along with overall proof that you did not commit the crime you’ve been convicted of.
In addition, our investigators have a thorough knowledge of police procedures, and if one small but significant procedure has not been followed correctly, or facts have been made to fit the crime, we can use this in your appeal.
Criminal Appeal Investigators
You may have been arrested and charged, then faced with restricted liberty while the police, the DPP and other agencies worked collectively to build a case against you. That’s a lot of people and resources working against you.
Most lawyers rely heavily on interviews with you, along with witness statements and readily available evidence in support of your defence. However, in general, they do not go out actively seeking new supportive evidence, or check on the validity of the prosecution’s evidence.
Our investigators will analyse the original court documents, with your lawyer, if required, and decide on the best approach for your appeal. And they’ll leave no stone un turned in their quest for justice.
Grounds to Appeal
When lodging an appeal it’s essential to get it right the first time, as you may not get another chance. Grounds to appeal a conviction must be strong. To succeed in an Appeals Court you need irrefutable new evidence that, if introduced in your original case, would have affected the outcome, or proof that police procedures were not followed correctly.