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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 Supreme Court: Judges Hands Not Tied With High Sentence Per SRA Downward Departure Guidelines

State v. Graham

People make mistakes. Sometimes people make really big mistakes. In this case, Graham made the mistake of running around shooting at cops during a foot chase in Spokane. This led to a conviction on a large amount of charges, each of them carrying a pretty extreme penalty. This meant that under the Sentencing Reform Act, the sentencing range would’ve effectively kept him in there for a lifetime. The Sentencing Reform Act does allow a judge some discretion, when all of the charges arise from one event:

The court may impose an exceptional sentence below the standard range if it finds that mitigating circumstances are established by preponderance of the evidence. The following are illustrative only and are not intended to be exclusive reasons for exceptional sentences.

… The operation of the multiple offense policy of RCW 9.94A.589 results in a presumptive sentence that is clearly excessive in light of the purpose of this chapter, as expressed in RCW 9.94A.010

Here, the judge actually put on the record that he believed the sentence was excessive in light of the purposes but that his hands were tied. Turns out his hands weren’t so much tied as they were not fully informed. This happens from time to time, as no judge can be expected to have a total recall as to every law, every exception, and every policy determination, including how all of them interlink. The Supreme Court remanded for resentencing in lieu of this mitigations allowed in the Sentencing Perform Act.

We take this opportunity to reaffirm that a sentencing judge may invoke .535(1)(g) to impose  exceptional sentences both for multiple violent and nonviolent offenses scored under .589(l)(a) and for multiple serious violent offenses under .589(1)(b).

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