At Lundin Law PLLC I am dedicated to fighting for you at every step of the legal process. Appealing administrative suspensions or criminal convictions is a unique and challenging process, but a battle that is often worth fighting.
There are a variety of Washington State appeals available, and each has different requirements and deadlines. The following outline and associated pages are intended to give you a road map for the types of rulings that can be appealed and some of the costs and benefits to doing so. To discuss your individual situation, please call 206-849-0519
TYPES OF WASHINGTON STATE APPEALS:
- Appeal of a final decision (criminal or Dept. of Licensing)
- You cannot appeal if you plead guilty
- Writs/Personal Restraint Petitions
- Discretionary review
- An appeal must be filed within 30 days from entry of order or date of DOL ruling. This is an absolute deadline that cannot be waived.
- In extraordinary appeals (e.g. motion for new trial due to discovery of new evidence), you have up to one year from date of conviction.
HOW TO INITIATE AN WASHINGTON STATE APPEAL:
- A Washington State appeal must be filed in Superior Court in county of arrest (writs different).
- There are mandatory fees, except in criminal appeals.
- Following the decision of the Superior Court, the losing party can request the Court of Appeals or Supreme Court accept review.
- The Court does not have to accept the appeal
- If accepted for review, the case when decided could have precedential significance for future cases.
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