New Zealand Law
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There are twp parts to a criminal charge. First you must be found guilty and then the judge enters a conviction on the charge. Once this is done you are sentenced for the charge. You can appeal either or both. If you appeal just the conviction, then the judge on appeal may either set aside the conviction, or uphold the conviction. If you appeal the sntence then the judge can vary the sentence and either reduce, or sometimes increase the sentence. People often appeal both, so even if the conviction appeal fails, they still ask for a lighter sentence. Sometimes however the sentence may be increased