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Issaquah Law Group - Personal Injury Litigation Attorneys

TRUST: Personal injuries are personal. Which is why the attorneys at ILG treat every client and every case differently. Because they are different, and extremely personal. ILG was founded on the principle that strong client relationships are the key to successful legal representation and strong relationships are built on trust. Trust that you will be heard. Trust that you will be protected. Trust that every effort will be made to see justice done in your case. The singular goal of every ILG attorney is to earn and preserve that trust.

EXPERIENCE: ILG attorneys have a broad base of litigation experience to draw on in all Federal and State courts from on-the-ground investigations to Supreme Court appeals and we bring this experience to bear on behalf of our clients in personal injury and wrongful death claims arising out of motor vehicle accidents, bus versus pedestrian accidents, defective and dangerous products, medical malpractice, slip/trip and fall accidents, and catastrophic losses due to fire.

LOCATION: We are located on the Eastside in Issaquah, convenient to Bellevue, Redmond, Kirkland, Renton, Sammamish and North Bend. However, we provide legal services in King County, Pierce County, Snohomish County and throughout the entire state of Washington.

In addition, through The Amateur Law Professor Blog and LinkedIn postings, we share pertinent opinions and decisions of the Washington State Supreme Court, as well as the pertinent opinions and decisions of the Washington State Courts of Appeal so that our clients can be as update to date on cutting legal issues as we are.

WA Legal Roundup - Washington Supreme Court

I don't pretend to know juvenile law, but I will try to muddle through this.

In re Interest of Silva

Silva is an at risk youth. He violated the court's order. The court determined he needed some in treatment. The court put him in lockup for 5 days, found him in contempt at a hearing, and sentenced him in for 45 days which could be vacated if he underwent 28 day inpatient rehab and complied with all other court orders. The problem, the judge used punitive sanctions for contempt without affording criminal due process (as opposed to the 7 day remedial contempt ability found in RCW 7.21.030(2), of which remedial sanctions are only civil, and not criminal). Prior to imposing criminal contempt sanctions, you have to establish that your civil remedies were inadequate.

The concurrence (Madsen and Fairhurst) notes that the characterization that all remedies need to be found inadequate is a mischaracterization of the court's previous plurality opinion. I'll leave it to the juvenile justice peeps to sort out.

Yes, I know...this is a muddled, lazy, interpretation. But its 8:00 on a Friday night. If you're reading need to shut down the computer.

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