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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.

WA Supreme Court: Rapey McRaperson Gets No Full Evidentiary Review Under Sexually Violent Predator Law

In re Personal Restraint of Meirhofer

This is one of those lovely Sexually Violent Predator cases I love so much. Basically, every year these guys get a review. If their condition has changed, usually through treatment, they can get a full review hearing to determine if they can possibly be released. The State either has to present evidence that continued evidence is warranted, or the person restrained can provide evidence that their condition has changed and warrants essentially a new trial on their commitment. 

Essentially, Meirhoffer had gone on a little burglary, rape, and kidnapping spree, including raping two young boys and one young girl, kidnapping one of the boys. Full on cray cray! This is a quote from his 2010 evaluation: “Meirhofer felt entitled to rape teenage boys when he could not find a way to seduce them.” He was also caught making alcohol despite intoxication being one of the factors in his rape. Not getting that impulse control is inhibited by any intoxication, Meirhofer responded, “Quite frankly, I never raped anyone when I was drinking, only when I was under the influence of methamphetamine did I do that.” He was only sad that he got caught for that one, not that he did it.

The confusing part of this case was really a standard that the Supreme Court enunciated, but then withdrew, which created a new standard under which Meirhofer would no longer meet the confinement criteria, but in withdrawing the opinion, he is no longer entitled to full evidentiary review. Its a great read for that. Just know that Merihofer remains confined.

While the lawyers at Issaquah Legal Services do not currently practice criminal law or civil commitment 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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