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Issaquah Law Group: Experienced Counsel; Client Focus

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.

BUSINESS LAW: Rarely is the path from point A to point B a straight line, so our role in a business law practice is to find alternatives, devise workable strategies, and keep your business ideas, goals and objectives moving toward realization. ILG’s business attorneys help clients achieve their goals with respect to business formation, intellectual property, labor and employment, CAN-SPAM, copyright and trademark

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.

Division I: No Restraints at Sentencing (Absent Individualized Reasons)

State v. Walker

Sentencing is carried out by juries. Its extremely prejudicial for someone to be seen in handcuffs and leg restraints unless it is absolutely necessary (outbursts and the like). Well, you can guess why we’re here, that’s exactly what was done. Now, Walker had been convicted, that wasn’t the issue. The issue was restraints in sentencing, which is determined by a judge.

 

Now, Division I determined there is a common law right to appear in court generally free of restraints, which we adopted from the common law of England. They then moved on to the usual restraint findings, which require findings on the record that necessitate the shackling. Here, the record did not support the findings, so it was in error.

Now, do I think this was the proper result? No. A judge, unlike a jury, is presumed to be able to disentangle prejudices such as those from being in restraints. I think the Washington Supreme Court may abandon the parity between trial and sentencing, and instead come up with some lesser burden. But then again, I’m not a Supreme Court Justice.

While Issaquah Legal Services does not yet have a criminal attorney, we plan on having one in the near future. Please feel free to call us for recommendations on a Criminal Law Attorney.

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