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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 III: Misdemeanor Compromise Statute Not Time Limited

State v. Barry

A day of learning for me! In criminal law there is a thing called a “misdemeanor compromise statute.” So what does that mean? It means for certain misdemeanors, you can avoid a conviction if there’s an independent civil remedy. For instance, when you spray paint KKK on the house of someone you think has vandalized your house, and break their windows, an adequate civil remedy exists. You simply have to fix what you broke. If you request it, the court has to consider it. Here, they didn’t give it full consideration, which it claimed came late. Unfortunately for the trial court, there’s no such time limitation in the statute, so it should have been considered.

Barry here also tried to claim, among other things, that he was surprised at the existence of his confession. THAT is impressive. Given that he was there for it and that he received a copy of a report saying he had given it, not really a surprise. ‘A’ for effort though!

Two of the convictions stand, the one related to the compromise statute goes back to the trial court to consider the compromise.

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