Republic of Ireland Law
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1. Dear *****, it generally takes three months for an appeal to be heard in the Court of Appeal, so it is likely your friend will be released from prison, if she is already in there, before her appeal will get heard by the Court of Appeal. However, if the Court of Appeal deals with the case, they can revoke the previous sentence and find your friend not guilty of the offence. Generally, terms of imprisonment are only merited in the most serious of cases and as your friend had only one minor previous offence, she was most unlucky to pick up a prison sentence. However, the Court of Appeal can set aside her conviction if she has a good appeal.
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3. Given the fact that she only had one minor previous conviction her chances of winning her appeal on severity are extremely high. In general, credit will be given for her having served her sentence and it is most likely that the sentence will be reduced to being just the period of time she served in prison.
4. To win her appeal, it is important that she is seen to regret what occurred and that her counsel makes clear that she has learned her lesson from the incident. Judges like contrition in defendants. Anything she can point to which suggests she will not reoffend will help greatly as well.
5. As she has not served any time in prison, the court will look at what her attitude towards the actual sentence is, what her demeanour is and how contrite she is. It is important that she doesn't reoffend before the appeal court date. However, be aware that at bottom, she will be very lucky to get away without serving any time in prison.
6. It is much more likely that a shorter sentence, such as a one month sentence will be imposed. So, for her sake, it is very important to have a good barrister, preferably a Senior Counsel who will represent her and who will do a good Plea in mitiation on her behalf. If she is lucky she might escape prison altogether and get a suspended sentence.