How Do I Lodge A Severity Appeal?

Appealing on severity is unlikely to make the sentence any worse if the appeal has merit.

Reasons to make a severity appeal can include the lack of special circumstances being found on sentence in the Local Court, ineptitude of previous representation or fresh material coming to light which the interests of justice demand be put before the court.

At a severity appeal the judge will be given a copy of the transcript of the Local Court proceedings. The convicted person (through their representative) will be given the opportunity to give evidence. Most severity appeals also involve the convicted person tendering evidence such as expert medical evidence or evidence from a drug and alcohol rehabilitation program.

If the appellant has been sentenced to any form of imprisonment in the matter they are appealing, an application for bail can be made. If the bail application is successful, the convicted person will be at liberty until the date their appeal is heard.

Successful severity appeals are common and often result in a more appropriate and lenient sentence being imposed. A common example of a more appropriate sentence is a shorter non-parole period being imposed.

Our criminal lawyers are available on (02) 8810 0924 to discuss the merits of your appeal 24/7.

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