Prison Law Solicitors: Prison LAw specialists
Our experienced Prison Law Solicitors offer legal advice and support to anyone currently in prison.
If you or a loved one is in prison, it is important to ensure your best interests and rights are being upheld. Prisoners often need legal advisers on their side, no matter the sentence received.
Representation from criminal defence solicitors can ensure you or your loved one's rights are protected during this difficult and stressful time.
As a specialist criminal law firm, we are dedicated to ensuring those who have been convicted of a crime receive fair treatment in prison. We have successfully represented prisoners since 1998, so you know your welfare is in trusted hands. For legal representation or advice while in prison, call Draycott Browne today on +44 (0)161 228 2244.
Our experienced Prison Law Solicitors can help.
Whilst in prison, legal representation can be very important when following the processes and procedures that are part and parcel of prison life. It is key that you choose to work with a highly skilled legal team who will put your interests first and fight your corner every step of the way. Look no further than Draycott Browne.
We provide representation, advice, and assistance for the following:
- Parole Board Representation
- Independent Adjudications
- Judicial reviews
- Sentence calculations
- Prison recalls
- Other types of Oral Hearing Representation
We are also able to help with any problems that you may be experiencing whilst in custody. Areas we can assist with include, helping with the complaints process in the event you are not happy with any element of your prison stay, and helping inmates transfer to another prison, often so that they can be nearer to family, friends or loved ones.
Draycott Browne has decades of experience in taking legal action on behalf of prisoners who are mistreated, or subject to any types of injustice throughout their sentence. Please contact our Prison Law Team today if you believe you are being treated unfairly while in prison in the UK.
Could I get a Release on Temporary Licence?
A Release on Temporary Licence (ROTL) is a permit to allow prisoners to leave the prison for a brief period of time. There are a few reasons that may make you eligible for a ROTL, such as:
- Commitment to authorised paid or unpaid work
- Meeting children for which you have been the sole carer before your sentence
- A close family member being seriously or terminally ill
- As a reapproaching period to your community before your release
Falling into one of these categories will not, in itself, make you eligible for a ROTL. There are many factors that play into your eligibility, and you will only be given a ROTL if the prison believes it is appropriate in your specific case. Our prison lawyers can help you build a strong case to get a ROTL, and will liaise with all parties involved, and fight for you and your rights.
You should consider that some categories of prisoners are automatically excluded from ROTL eligibility. These include:
- Category A or restricted status prisoners
- Prisoners on the escape list
- Prisoners undergoing extradition proceedings
- Prisoners that are on remand, unsentenced, or sentenced but remanded for additional charges
- Those held on behalf of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (IRMCT)
Depending on your circumstances, you may be subject to restrictions on your ROTL. Additional information about the different types of Release on Temporary Licence can be found on the Prison Reform Trust website.
Our experienced Prison Law Solicitors have hands on experience with applications to leave prison, including all types of ROTL. In 2022, we helped someone convicted of serious crimes, and on a 10-year sentence, to obtain leave from the Court of Appeal.
Am I eligible for a Category Review?
Prisoners are assigned categories depending on the risk factors they represent to other inmates, prison staff, and the general public. The standard categories for prisoners in the UK are:
- Category A: Prisoners who represent the highest risk of harm and/or escape, and thus subject to the strictest security measures.
- Category B: Prisoners who are subject to preventive measures against escape, but do not represent as high of a risk as Category A.
- Category C: Prisoners who represent a mild risk factor, but are not trusted to be kept in an open prison.
- Category D: The most relaxed category in terms of security measures, and generally trusted to be in an open prison.
Most prisoners are kept in closed prisons, and only those in Category D are trusted in open prisons. They may have their own cell and keys, and are generally trusted to be subject to more lax restrictions.
You will have your security category reviewed regularly throughout most prison sentences. Category B and C prisoners will undergo a category review every year until they have 3 years left to serve, then one every 6 months. Category D prisoners do not attend category reviews except in special circumstances.
Category A security category reviews are more complex, and must be supervised by the Prison Service Head Office staff.
If you require legal support for a category review, or believe these have not been conducted properly throughout your sentence, our solicitors can help.
Can a Prisoners’ Right Lawyer protect me?
As a leading criminal law practice, we are experienced in ensuring prisoners' rights are not violated. All prisoners in the UK have the following rights:
- Protection from bullying and racial harassment
- The ability to get in contact with a solicitor
- Healthcare - including support for a mental health condition
If you think your rights - or those of a loved one - are being or have been violated while in prison, our solicitors will seek to resolve the problem as quickly and efficiently as possible.
If you are in need of legal services but are worried about the cost, Draycott Browne's solicitors will assist you in applying for Legal Aid. Legal aid is public funding to help you pay for the professional advice and representation you require.
If your application for legal aid is successful, you will no longer need to worry about the financial repercussions of your case. If you have any questions regarding legal aid, get in touch and we will be happy to help you.
24 HOUR AVAILABILITY
Our solicitors are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days of the year so that in the event of an emergency, you will have legal assistance whenever you need it.
CONTACT DRAYCOTT BROWNE TODAY
With Draycott Browne, one of the leading Criminal Defence Law Firms in the country, you can be sure that you have a legal team who is truly on your side. We understand the need for understanding and empathy whatever your situation and you will be treated with the utmost respect.
We pride ourselves on the commitment and dedication that we show to our clients so that you can be certain that the highest level of work is being done on your behalf. We are highly skilled and professional, but are also friendly and approachable, and will strive to put you at your ease with our clear and straightforward approach.
You deserve a criminal defence of the highest quality on your side and you can be certain that you have it with Draycott Browne.
We regularly provide specialist prison law representation to clients in Manchester, Liverpool and London and throughout the UK and Wales. Draycott Browne has a wealth of experience in providing legal support to prisoners who want to protect their rights, so you can rest assured you will have experienced Prison Law Solicitors on your side if you choose to get in touch.
If you are currently serving a sentence and want to contact Draycott Browne, you can write to us at 12 Oxford Court, Manchester, M2 3WQ.
If you are contacting us on behalf of a loved one, simply call our team on +44 (0)161 228 2244.