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ISSAQUAH LAW GROUP   PERSONAL INJURY LITIGATION LAWYERS

Issaquah Law Group - 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: Division II

 

State of WA vs. Pugh

Pugh was charged with assault after striking a police officer.  He plead guilty and his guilty plea was entered.  Prior to sentencing he moved to proceed pro se, which was granted and then moved to withdraw his guilty plea.  The trial court denied his motion to withdraw his guilty plea; he was sentenced to nine months and now appeals arguing that his stand in counsel was ineffective in failing to get affidavits to support his motion.

The appellate court ruled that Pugh failed to present any evidence to show a manifest injustice  and therefore the trial court did not abuse its discretion in denying his motion.  They relied on his plea hearing transcript in which he stated his guilty plea was made freely and voluntarily.  Moreover a forensic evaluation found that Pugh was competent to stand trial. 

Moreover, the court found that once a criminal defendant exercises their right to self- representation they cannot later come back to allege ineffective assistance of counsel, however, one can allege ineffective counsel of a standby counsel if a limited duty or obligation owed to the pro se was violated.  The appellate court found that Pugh’s standby counsel did not owe him a duty to obtain affidavits or get witnesses to support his motion to withdraw his guilty plea.

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