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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 v. Flowers

Flowers is a sex offender and RCW 9A.44.130(11)(a) requires him to register as a sex offender.  He registered in Cowlitz County.  He was a transient sex offender, which required him to check in with the county sheriff once a week.  Cowlitz County had a policy that required sex offenders to list all their locations of the previous week. Flowers checked in with the sheriff but listed false locations.  He was charged with failure to register as a sex offender. 

Flowers filed a Knapstad motion to dismiss the charge.  The trial court granted his motion because the RCW did not require that he list his previous locations, the statue violates separation of powers, the statute violates equal protection, and the statute violates due process.  The State appeals.

The appeals court addressed the statutory interpretation issue.  They held that the clear statutory interpretation of RCW 9A.44.130(11)(a) did not require a transient sex offender to list their previous locations, therefore, Flowers had not committed a crime.  They affirmed the trial court’s dismissal of the charge.

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