To win an appeal in Ontario, your criminal appeals attorney must be a master of the written word, a creative legal thinker, and a persuasive oral advocate. To conduct an appeal effectively, criminal appeal lawyers need to know not only the law that applied at trial, but the specialized laws and procedures that apply only to the appeals process.

Appeals are not for beginners. Unlike a trial, criminal appeals are about finding legal errors. Without a legal error, even if the appeal court has doubts about your guilt it will not overturn your conviction. Being innocent isn’t enough. Added to that, an accused who has been convicted is no longer presumed innocent. The person who brings the appeal bears the burden to prove that the conviction or sentence was flawed.

The best criminal appeal lawyers in Ontario can find errors that others will miss, and are masters at framing the facts and the law so that the appeal court will understand that the error at trial made a difference in your case.

Why choose us?

Criminal appeals are a specialized area of legal practice. Many lawyers are eager to take on appeals, but few have the experience to ensure that your chances of winning are the best they can be.

Abergel Goldstein & Partners LLP has a track record of success overturning convictions and obtaining sentence reductions for our clients. Based in Ottawa, our firm is one of the few criminal law firms with significant appellate experience located outside of Toronto. In the last ten years, our appeal-practice leader, Howard Krongold, has argued over 80 appeals in the Court of Appeal for Ontario, and has presented argument in the Supreme Court of Canada on a number of occasions. Our firm also has considerable experience in the lower courts, arguing summary conviction appeals and provincial-offences appeals.

With our help, our clients have successfully appealed convictions for murder, manslaughter, attempted murder, robbery, domestic assault, sexual assault, drug trafficking, and impaired driving, among other offences. We succeed because of our attention to detail, creativity, and relentless work ethic.

A fresh set of eyes?

If you have been convicted of a criminal offence, it is never a bad idea to retain an experienced criminal appeal lawyer to give you a second opinion on the prospects of an appeal. An appeal lawyer brings to your case different skills than a trial lawyer, and can often spot mistakes that a trial lawyer might miss.

A criminal appeal attorney also brings a fresh set of eyes. Trials are intense and stressful. Under the pressure of a trial, even very skilled trial lawyers can make a mistake or overlook an error. Bringing in a criminal appeal lawyer is a chance to make a fresh start and take a look at your case from a new perspective.

Should I be worried about how my trial lawyer will feel if I bring in an appeal lawyer?

Often clients are worried about offending their trial lawyer by consulting with an appeal lawyer before their case is over. Sometimes, clients are even worried that their trial lawyer will not work as hard to get them a favourable sentence if the client seeks a second opinion about an appeal.

But there is no reason to worry. The best time to consult with a criminal appeals attorney is before you are sentenced. We are able to work collaboratively with your trial lawyer, and we find that trial lawyers are usually happy when a client retains an appeal lawyer. No one likes losing a case. When losses happen, most trial lawyers are relieved when their clients succeed on appeal.

In addition, we can consult with you in complete confidentiality. If you’re uncomfortable with the idea of your trial lawyer knowing that you’re considering an appeal, your trial lawyer doesn’t have to know until your case is complete.

Defending against Crown appeals from acquittal or sentence.

In Canada, the Crown has a much broader right of appeal than in many other countries. Even after you’ve been acquitted, the Crown has a right of appeal.

Clients are often tempted to keep using their trial lawyer when the Crown appeals. After all, the trial lawyer is one who obtained a favourable result in the first place. But, like appeals initiated after conviction, when you are facing a Crown appeal, you should make sure that your criminal appeal lawyer has the experience and expertise in appellate law to defend you—again, this is not an area for beginners. The same specialized skills and experience are essential.

Referrals from other lawyers

Lawyers from Ottawa and elsewhere in Ontario frequently refer their appeals to our firm. We have a strict policy of respecting referrals. When a lawyer makes a referral to our firm for the purposes of an appeal, we will refuse to represent the client on any other matter arising from the referral, including a retrial, without the referring lawyer’s agreement.



Of course, no lawyer can guarantee a win in every case. What we can promise, however, is that we will bring the experience of having fought, and won, dozens of appeals against the odds. For example:

Regina v. A.: We helped our client have his conviction for murder overturned on appeal. We represented him at this retrial, and he was acquitted of all charges.

Regina v. B.: Our client was convicted of second degree murder at trial. We appealed, and the conviction was quashed and a new trial ordered. The Crown appealed the case to the Supreme Court of Canada, where we were successful in having the order for a re-trial upheld.

Regina v. M.: Our client was convicted of manslaughter. After we filed our written argument with the Court of Appeal for Ontario, the Crown consented to a new trial.

Regina v. S.: Our client was convicted of drug trafficking at trial. The Court of Appeal ordered a new trial because of errors in the trial judge’s assessment of the evidence.

Regina v. G.: Our client was convicted of robbery at trial. The Court of Appeal ordered a new trial because of weaknesses in the identification evidence called at trial.

Regina v. B.: Our client was convicted of domestic assault. The Court of Appeal ordered a new trial because the trial judge erred in his assessment of the evidence.

Regina v. P.: Our client was convicted of refusing to provide a breath sample during a D.U.I. investigation. The Superior Court of Justice ordered a new trial on the basis that the judge had erred in his legal analysis of the offence.

Regina v. H.: Our client was convicted of driving “over 80” (i.e. with too much alcohol in his blood). The appeal court found that the trial judge erred in failing to properly consider the accused’s evidence.



In a criminal trial, there is no room for mistakes. We are experienced criminal lawyers, ready to handle any type of charge - from impaired driving to murder. And if you have been convicted, it’s not over yet. Clients convicted of every kind of criminal offence put their faith in our criminal appeal team to deliver the just result they were denied at trial.



We only do criminal law, and we do it well. Each defense and appeal lawyer at AGP will fight for your freedom, your rights, and your reputation. We have fought the toughest cases, from the trial courts to the Supreme Court of Canada. When you retain counsel from AGP you retain experienced, expert, respected counsel.



There is more to a criminal case than what happens in court. We know your privacy is important. Sometimes clients want to talk to the media and sometimes they don’t. You can’t always control what others say about you. But we can help you fly under the radar and when we can’t we will make sure that any media coverage helps your case instead of hurting it.


A meeting won’t cost you anything. We’re happy to sit down with you and discuss your needs.


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