Solicitors for Appealing your IPP and Life Sentence
If you find yourself faced with the daunting prospect of challenging an IPP (Imprisonment for Public Protection) sentence, rest assured that we are here for you every step of the way. Our primary goal is to ensure that you fully comprehend your legal position and the most effective strategy for your case.
Whether you require legal advice or expert representation, our dedicated team of criminal appeals solicitors are here for you. We offer around-the-clock availability to address your concerns, answer your questions, and provide the support you need during this challenging time. You'll never feel left in the dark, because we will always ensure that you are fully informed and updated at every stage of your case with us.
Our years of experience in this complex area of law have transformed us into experts at analysing evidence and identifying anything that can potentially bolster your case. We understand that each situation is unique and necessitates a personalised approach.
Get in touch today and one of our dedicated solicitors will get back to you.
What is IPP?
Imprisonment for public protection (IPP) sentences were introduced in England and Wales in 2005 under the Criminal Justice Act 2003. These sentences were a response to the need to protect the public from individuals whose crimes did not meet the threshold for a life sentence but were considered too dangerous to release after their original sentence term had ended.
Although IPP sentences were abolished for new cases in 2012, many individuals still serve these sentences, living with uncertainty and concerns about their release.
If you are concerned about someone you know who is serving an IPP sentence, Draycott Browne are here to offer help and guidance on how to appeal. Our dedicated team of solicitors specialise in IPP appeals, striving to replace indeterminate sentences with determinate ones, offering hope and a path towards reintegration into society.
What risk assessment factors are taken into account by the parole board for IPP sentences?
The decision to impose an IPP sentence hinged on the assessment of two key factors:
- the risk of further specified offences and,
- the risk of causing serious harm to the public.
These assessments played a pivotal role in determining whether an IPP sentence was warranted.
These are very similar to the factors which the parole board will take into consideration when deciding if you should be released. This is why our experienced solicitors will assess evidence available to try and prove that you are of minimal risk of causing harm within society in the future.
If you have been detained for an extended period, we can use good behaviour in prison and engagement with the prison staff. Also, showing remorse goes a long way in persuading the parole board that you are unlikely to reoffend. We can work with you to put forward a strong appeal tailored to your experiences.
Your risk of absconding is also an important consideration. If this is deemed high, they may be less likely to release you. Using different types of evidence to convince the board that this will not happen is vital in convincing them to appeal your IPP sentence.
Other factors, such as your history of offending, character and the seriousness of the offence may also be taken into account, but there will be a large emphasis on your actions past this point as well.
There are currently more than 5000 IPPs, with only 400 of these being released a year. It is therefore vital that you get in touch with a qualified solicitor who can support you in challenging your sentence and put forward a strong case.
How do i challenge my IPP sentence?
Our experienced solicitors have a track record of successfully appealing IPP sentences on behalf of our clients. If you believe that your loved one has been unjustly served with an IPP sentence, it is crucial to understand the appeal process and the significance of legal representation.
At the time of sentencing, the courts are expected to provide reasons for their conclusions, particularly regarding the existence of a significant risk of further offences or serious harm. In cases where an IPP sentence is imposed, the sentencing remarks should explain the rationale behind the decision. Although IPP sentences for new cases were abolished in 2012 due to concerns about prison overcrowding, this ruling was not retrospective. As a result, thousands of individuals continue to serve IPP sentences in the UK, with no real idea of when they might expect to be released.
It is essential to dispel misconceptions about IPP sentences, especially regarding tariff dates. The tariff date represents the minimum term that must be served before the individual can be considered for release. Convincing the Parole Board of rehabilitation and reduced risk is crucial for securing release.
Our dedicated IPP solicitors often receive enquiries from families worried about their loved ones' continued imprisonment despite reaching the tariff date. While the process may be challenging, there is hope for those serving IPP sentences. Legal representation and a thorough understanding of the appeal process are essential.
Imprisonment for public protection (IPP) sentences, although no longer applied to new cases, continues to affect thousands in the UK. Understanding the complex nature of IPP sentences, the risk assessment criteria, and the appeal process is essential for those seeking justice and a path towards rehabilitation. Our team of solicitors is committed to helping individuals and their families navigate the legal complexities, challenge unjust sentences, and work towards securing a brighter future. If you have concerns about an IPP sentence, do not hesitate to contact us for expert guidance and representation.
How can we help you?
Even though IPP sentences no longer exist, there are still manay prisoners feeling the effects of these, so we understand that you would want to appeal this and be given a set date of release.
We will fight your corner to help you with your appeal, analysing your situation and giving coherent advice on the steps to take. Transparency is always our aim, and we want to be open with your prospects of success.
This is a stressful time, and you may feel that it is unfair that your sentence seems to be indefinite. This is why we are here to support you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We will give you sound legal advice whilst guiding you through each step of the process.
Contact Draycott Browne Solicitors today
For the past two decades, our team at Draycott Brown have diligently established us as one of the leading criminal law firms in the UK. Our unwavering commitment to providing a top-tier service, coupled with our relentless pursuit of the best outcomes for our clients, has set us apart in the legal realm.
If you have queries or concerns related to IPP sentences, don't hesitate to reach out to us for a complimentary initial consultation. Based in Manchester, we extend our legal advice and representation services to clients across England and Wales, and you can count on us to be available whenever you need assistance.
At Draycott Browne, our criminal solicitors recognise the immense significance of your legal appeal; challenging an IPP sentence is no small task, and we are dedicated to ensuring your rights are protected and the most favourable outcome is pursued. With our expertise, relentless advocacy, and unwavering support, you can confront your appeal with confidence.
If you're concerned about an IPP sentence and need guidance on how to challenge it, don't hesitate to contact us today. We will be happy to look at the details of your case, and if you choose us to represent you, we will do everything that we can to fight for your rights and guide you through this legal journey.