If you have been convicted after trial, your only recourse is to appeal. It is your last chance to correct an unfavourable verdict. But conducting a criminal appeal is not like representing a client at trial. It requires specialized knowledge and skills, and a familiarity with the unique challenges of the appellate process. It is often preferable to get a new lawyer for an appeal, one who can look at the case with fresh eyes, and who has the experience to ensure that your last chance is a good one.
WSGA is one of the few firms outside of Toronto that has the experience to effectively represent clients in this challenging, specialized area of criminal law. Counsel at WSGA are often sought out by other lawyers to represent their clients when a trial ends badly, or where the Crown brings an appeal from an acquittal. Our lawyers regularly appear in the Court of Appeal for Ontario, the Supreme Court of Canada, and in summary conviction appeal matters.