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Former Senior Prosecutor. Over 20 years of criminal law experience.
Proven track record of successfully defending big cases.

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Trust your case to someone who knows the criminal justice system from the inside.

Those who have been accused of sexual assault, domestic violence, murder, or any other crime of violence need an attorney who has extensive experience handling these types of cases. Throughout his over 20 years of criminal law practice (including 12 years at the King County Prosecutor’s Office) Zach has handled hundreds of the most serious charges the State can bring including Murder, Sexual Assault, Child Abuse, Infant Homicide, Robbery, Assault, and Domestic Violence. His track record of success has resulted in a reputation throughout the state as the go-to attorney for anyone facing serious criminal charges.

Don’t wait to protect your rights

Whether you simply believe that someone has accused you of a crime or you have been contacted by the police for questioning, it is never too early to contact an attorney to learn your rights and formulate a plan for responding to the allegations. As a prosecutor Zach saw countless cases involving defendants who were charged and ultimately convicted of crimes because they unwittingly waived their rights at the outset of an investigation. Many times, without those rights having been waived, the charges could not have been filed, let alone proven at trial.


Sexual assault and child abuse cases involve the most legally and factually complex charges that can be brought against someone. As a prosecutor Zach dealt with many criminal defense attorneys who represented defendants charged with sexual assault or child abuse but were not experienced in these

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In recent years the Washington State Legislature has passed aggressive new laws aimed at lengthening prison sentences for those convicted of offenses that are labeled as Domestic Violence (DV). As a prosecutor Zach handled hundreds of DV cases and tried some of the most serious DV offenses

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Charges involving allegations of violence are some of the most aggressively pursued cases by law enforcement and prosecutors alike. If you have been charged with a violent crime you need representation experienced in dealing with the issues presented by cases involving allegations of violence.

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The Law Office of Zachary C. Wagnild, PLLC

About Zach

zachAfter spending the first 12 years of his legal career as a senior prosecutor in King County, Washington, Zach opened his own practice in order to provide outstanding legal advocacy to those who are facing serious criminal charges. So that he can provide his personal attention to each case and client, Zach maintains a caseload lower than most other practitioners. This allows him the time to be available for clients, discuss their options, and approach their cases in the manner that is the most beneficial to their situations and needs.

Proven Record of Success
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Jury finds man not guilty of stabbing acquaintance
Daily Record News

UW Student Cleared by Jury
Seattle Times

Judge Orders State to Reimburse Defendant
Seattle Times

Judge acquits Seattle U student of school-
shooting threat charges
Madison Park Times

What Professional Peers are saying

"Put simply, Zach is one of the best trial lawyers in the State, and his command of criminal law is second-to-none. I endorse his work without reservation. "

- Attorney Colleague

What Clients are saying

"I lawyer friend recommended Zach to represent me in a difficult case and now I can see why. This man is a lifesaver and you should not hesitate to hire him if you're in a difficult position legally."

- Former Client

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Trust your case to someone who knows
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