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ISSAQUAH LAW GROUP - PERSONAL INJURY LITIGATION LAWYERS

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: Division II

State v. Cardwell

Cardwell was convicted of possession of pot and bail jumping.  He appeals his conviction arguing for the first time on appeal that his vehicle was unlawfully searched and that the jury did not have sufficient evidence to convict him of bail jumping.  The court does not address his new argument regarding the unlawful search of his vehicle since he did not preserve it at trial.

Cardwell told the office upon arrest that he was living out of his vehicle.  A court date was set and Cardwell subsequently missed his hearing date.  Although, his father appeared to inform the court that the hearing notice had been sent to the wrong address.  His father notified the court that he did not know of his son's whereabouts. The State amended their information to include bail jumping.  The court issued a bench warrant and he was arrested a few years later. At trial the state maintained that they did not have to prove that Cardwell knew of his actual hearing date just that he knew that he had to present at some undisclosed time and failed to do so. 

The court disagreed with the State and held that at the time of Cardwell's release his future obligation to appear was contingent on the State filing criminal charges.  Moreover, there was not evidence that he had been given notice of the court date (even though the notice was sent to the address he listed upon arrest, but the record showed that he had not received the notice prior to arraignment).  The court held that the record lacked sufficiency of evidence to convict on bail jumping and remanded to dismiss the bail jumping conviction.

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