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Appeals

Criminal Defense Appeals

Argued Over 300 Appeals

So you’ve been convicted by a jury of a crime you didn’t commit? Or you were sentenced by a judge to a prison term that is unreasonably long? Or you simply feel you did not get a fair trial? In that case, you will want to appeal your case to the Court of Appeals, and possibly the Supreme Court.

Mr. Weaver has argued over 300 Criminal Defense appeals in the Court of Appeals, including 16 cases in the Washington Supreme Court. He is also licensed to practice in the United States Supreme Court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Those cases have resulted in over 50 published opinions in almost every area of criminal law. Some of the most common issues raised in an appeal include prosecutorial misconduct, improper jury instructions, violations of search and seizure law, improper application of the rules of criminal procedure and evidence, double jeopardy, and sentencing law. Each of these areas can be very complex and Mr. Weaver is up-to-date on all of them.

Co-Chair to Advise Supreme Court

The Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (WACDL) has so much confidence in Mr. Weaver’s ability as an appellate lawyer that he has served as a co-chair of its amicus curiae committee since 2015. Amicus curiae is a Latin term that translates as “friend of the court” and the WACDL amicus curiae committee routinely appears in cases from around the state to assist and advise the Supreme Court in deciding the most important issues of the day related to criminal law.

Must File within 30 Days

In order to appeal a case, you need to file a document called a Notice of Appeal within 30 days of sentencing. If those 30 days have elapsed, it is very difficult to file the appeal. It is always recommended that the appeal be filed within the first 30 days, although there are sometimes situations where an untimely appeal can be filed. The Law Office of Thomas E. Weaver can assist you with this task.