Serving Spokane Since 1948

Spokane Criminal Appellate Lawyer and Civil Appellate Lawyer

Simply because a verdict has been reached or the court has decided, does not mean that the result or decision is final.  It’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Crary, Clark, Domanico & Chuang, has a fine tradition of representing criminal defendants and injured plaintiffs at the appeal level.  Our appeals have made law in both the criminal and civil arena.  An appeal of your district, superior court or administrative proceeding decision may be necessary if you are not in agreement with the outcome. An appeal is an application to a higher court for review of a lower court decision.  Appeals are necessary and often warranted if the trial court makes critical errors in you case, such was wrongly dismissing your injury claim or wrongly convicting a defendant. Generally, a litigant has 30 days to request review of that decision at the Appeals Court level. The Court of Appeals will issue an opinion that will reverse, remand, or uphold the lower court decision.

You have a limited time period in which you can file an appeal, typically is 20-30 days after an adverse finding.  If you miss this critical deadline, you may be forever barred for pursuing an appeal. Time is critical and you must wait. Hiring an attorney who understands and is knowledgeable in the appeal process is crucial. While the lower court concentrates on fact finding when reaching a decision, the Appeals Court focuses on the proper application of the law. An appeal offers a second chance to correct any wrongs that occurred in the trial court. There is no trial in the Appellate Court; decisions are made primarily on written arguments raised in legal briefs. Because of these differences, an appeal attorney must have a firm understanding of the law, the ability to efficiently research your legal issue, and most of all, write a solid, persuasive brief to the court.

Advocating For Justice

The firm of Crary, Clark, Domanico & Chuang is experienced in the appeals process and appellate brief writing. We have over 80 years combined appellate experience in Superior Court, Court of Appeals and the Supreme Courts of both Washington and Idaho. Crary, Clark, Domanico & Chuang appellate court decisions include: City of Spokane v. Wardrop, 165 Wash.App. 744  (2011); City of Spokane v. Mainer, 191 Wash.App. 1034 (2015)(unpublished);  State v. Cronin, 176 Wash.App. 1041 (2013)(unpublished);  State v. Karpov, Supreme Court No. 95080-6 (pending);  State v. Taylor, 427 P.3d 656 (2018) ; Eastman v. Farmers Insurance Company, 164 Idaho 10 (2018);  Barr v. Day, 124 Wn.2d 318 (1994); Hegal v. McMahon, 136 Wn.2d 122 (1998);  Skeie v. Mercer Trucking, 115 Wash.App. 144 (2003); Torgenson v. State Farm Insurance, 91 Wash. App. 952 (1998); Swartz v. Douglas, 98 Wash.App. 836 (2000); Albertsons v. Department of Labor and Industries, 129 Wash.App. 1011 (2005) (unpublished); Little v. Baker, 164 Wash.App. 1028 (2011); Wyatt v. Department of Corrections, 89 Wash.App. 1007 (1998) (unpublished); Ellis v. Barto, 82 Wash.App. 454 (1996).

Initial Consultation — Call Today To Learn How We Can Help

To schedule an initial consultation with an experienced appellate lawyer, please call 509 926-4900 or send us a message using the online form. We are willing to set up after-hours appointments by request if you cannot meet with us during our regular office hours. For your convenience, Visa and MasterCard are accepted.

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