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PHILOSOPHY: Formed in 2014, Issaquah Law Group is a law firm with one focus: providing businesses and insurers with high quality legal representation with the responsiveness of a smaller firm. ILG was founded on the principle that strong client relationships are the key to successful legal representation and strong relationships are built upon clear and consistent communication. 

LITIGATION: We work closely with our clients to fully and accurately understand their goals, work collaboratively to formulate specific legal strategies, and execute the agreed plan of action utilizing methods most likely to result in the efficient and effective resolution of the matter. 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 in the areas of personal injury and wrongful death, product liability, commercial general liability, labor & employment, construction litigation, and catastrophic losses due to fire and explosion.

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COMMUNITY: In addition, the Lawyers at Issaquah Law Group remain active in the legal and civic community. A core commitment of our Issaquah Attorneys is community service. Our attorneys' civic involvement includes the King County Civil Rights Commission; the City of Issaquah Planning Policy Commission; the Northwest Screenwriters Guild, service as a pro tem judge. We live and work in the Pacific Northwest, and we aim to make it a better place.

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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