Appeals are not like trials. You can't file an appeal simply because you don't agree with the jury's verdict or the court's order. You don't get to re-argue the facts, and you don't get to present new evidence.
The only issue on appeal is whether you received a fair trial. In other words, it's about the process, not the result.
Because appeals are not like trials, many lawyers (even experienced trial lawyers) do not typically handle appeals. Appeals are just different.
Zuanich Law specializes in Washington criminal, civil, and administrative appeals. Learn more about our practice areas.
Sometimes trial judges make legal errors—before, during, and after trial. Sometimes police and prosecutors engage in misconduct. Sometimes even your own attorney does a poor job. When errors happen, you may be able to get a new trial or (in some cases) get your case dismissed.
We handle misdemeanor and felony appeals in state courts throughout Washington. These include direct appeals, discretionary appeals, and personal restraint petitions in superior court, the Court of Appeals, and the Washington Supreme Court.
Department of Licensing Appeals
If you've been driving for driving under the influence (DUI) in Washington, police will ask you to submit to a breath or blood test to determine the level of alcohol in your system. If you refuse the test or blow above the legal limit, the Department of Licensing (DOL) will suspend your driver's license.
You can challenge the suspension, but winning is not easy. You do, however, have the right to appeal your suspension to the superior court.
Losing your driver's license can have a crippling effect on your daily life. We handle DOL appeals and will look for any errors in your case that we can use to try to your license reinstated.
Family Law Appeals
Losing your case in family court can be life-changing. You may have received less spousal support than you thought you deserved or the judge may have unfairly divided your property. Even worse, you may have received a bad child custody ruling or been denied custody altogether.
We handle family law appeals in Washington courts and will work aggressively to overturn unlawful family court decisions that jeopardize your family's well-being.
You also may have received an unfavorable jury verdict in a personal injury case or an adverse ruling in a business litigation dispute. Or a judge may have imposed domestic violence or anti-harassment order against you.
We also handle a wide variety of civil appeals, ranging from personal injury and business law to civil protection orders and other areas of civil litigation.
A criminal conviction can have a crippling and far-reaching effect on your life, from your ability to find employment, to your right to possess a firearm, and to your eligibility for state and federal assistance, including student loans and housing
We can help you vacate a Washington state conviction and help you get certain criminal records expunged entirely.