Who Can Appeal

A defendant who has been convicted after a trial has the right to appeal.

There are certain circumstances where the ability to appeal exists even when the conviction is the result of a guilty plea. When appealing a conviction after a trial, an experienced defense attorney, such as Mrs. Trombley, can assess whether errors were made in your trial which could possibly lead to the conviction being dismissed or reversed for additional court proceedings. Mrs. Trombley will provide honest and precise answers to questions you have regarding the details of your case, and will consult with you to determine if there is a strong case for filing an appeal.

Appeals are a complex process that does not always guarantee in a better outcome, but with a knowledgeable attorney on your side you will have a fighting chance. By leveraging Mrs.Trombley’s experience and dedication as a criminal appeals lawyer, you’ll have the sound backing and strategy you need to move your appeal forward.

Felony and Misdemeanor appeals are handled at different levels and in different courts. Unless special rules apply, misdemeanor appeals are brought in superior court, the next level above the district or municipal court where the case was originally heard, and heard by a single judge. Felony appeals are brought before the Washington State Court of Appeals and reviewed by a panel of judges. The processes are similar but different rules apply, making these types of cases difficult to navigate and understand without the aid of an attorney familiar with them.

Time is of the essence. All forms of appeals have very specific timelines and deadlines that can result in waiver of certain rights if they are not followed. There is limited time to appeal a court’s decision so do not delay in seeking advice about how to proceed if there is the possibility that you might want to appeal.