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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.

Division III: Gang Admission for Safe Housing Out of Bounds for Trial and Sentencing

State v. DeLeon

So when you’re booked, if you need safe housing (i.e. - not general population) so you don’t get killed, you have to have a reason. Here, they admitted they were in a gang. The State then turned around and used the evidence at trial, and as one of the aggravating factors in sentencing. The Court of Appeals ruled that the gang evidence was improper, because it was a fifth amendment violation (i.e. - you had to incriminate yourself to get the safe housing, so no using it in other situations). While it had no effect on the outcome of trial (there was plenty of gang evidence on 2/3 of the defendants, and plenty of evidence to convict the 3rd), it definitely had an effect in sentencing, and so had to be remanded for that.

While the lawyers at Issaquah Legal Services do not currently practice criminal law, we expect to add an Issaquah Attorney practicing in the area soon. In the meantime, please contact us for a referral to other qualified attorneys.

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