Although there is an automatic right of Appeal from the Local Court to the District Court in relation to criminal convictions or findings of guilt, time limits do apply and careful consideration needs to be given as to whether to lodge an Appeal.

If it is decided a Conviction Appeal is to be lodged then this means a person disagrees with the Magistrate’s findings that an offence was committed by them and they want to take the matter to the District Court to be re-heard by a Judge.

When lodging a severity appeal against the sentence imposed the ideal outcome would be to change a severe sentence, such as a prison sentence, into a non-custodial sentence such as a suspended sentence, home detention, periodic detention or a community service order.

It is important that you consult one of our specialised criminal lawyers as soon as possible if you want to Appeal a decision. Time limits do apply and there is also the chance a Judge may increase your sentence, so it is imperative you seek quality professional advice.

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If you are in trouble with the police or face criminal charges, you need an expert criminal lawyer on your side. It is critical to get the right advice and representation without delay. We can provide immediate assistance to you, including if you are being held at the police station or currently in a detention centre or gaol.

Led by NSW Law Society Accredited Criminal Law Specialists, Manny Conditsis and Michal Mantaj, our team of criminal lawyers have over 150 years of combined experience helping clients facing criminal charges in New South Wales, including Newcastle, the Hunter and Lake Macquarie. We are widely regarded as one of the best Criminal Law teams in NSW.

As one of two Trial Advocates, Manny Conditsis has a greater than 90% success rate in jury trials and he and Michal Mantaj are among only a small number of Trial Advocates to appear in murder and other serious crime trials in the Supreme and High Courts. Both are regularly called upon by the media to comment on high profile cases and issues relating to criminal and traffic law due to their reputation for professional excellence in legal practice.

If you’re in trouble with the police, you need to speak with a criminal lawyer today. For the best criminal law advice contact the Conditsis team today. To find out more about our unrivalled experience and expertise, you can take a look at some of our landmark cases and recent news.

If you are in trouble with the police or face criminal charges, you need an expert criminal lawyer now so don’t delay. It is critical to get advice and representation immediately. Contact Us for expert legal advice.

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Manny Conditsis

Director | Senior Trial Advocate | Accredited Specialist Criminal Law

Michal Mantaj

Director | Senior Trial Advocate | Accredited Specialist Criminal Law