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ISSAQUAH LAW GROUP

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 Legal Roundup: Division III

State v. Robinson Chucco Robinson entered guilty pleas to first degree burglary and third degree rape, but then sought to withdraw the pleas after the court discovered his juvenile criminal history that increased his offender score. Robinson had not disclosed this portion of his criminal history to the trial court. The trial court allowed Robinson to withdraw his guilty plea and the State appealed. Robinson argued that his juvenile history was a wash-out and didn’t affect his offender score in his 1994 second degree murder conviction and thus he did  not know it would affect his offender score on his current guilty plea. The wash-out rules changed and since 2002 juvenile offenses no longer wash-out. (Geesh!  He probably wouldn’t have committed new crimes if he knew the wash-out rules didn’t apply).

A defendant’s guilty plea must be knowing, voluntary, and intelligent. To be knowing, the defendant must be informed of all the consequences of his plea. Was Robinson’s guilty plea entered knowingly if he didn’t realize that his juvenile criminal history would increase his offender score? According to Division III, it was. A withdrawal of a guilty plea is allowed if there is a manifest injustice. Division III found that a defendant assumes the risk that new or additional criminal history will be discovered. Guilty plea forms cover the bases pretty good and they include language that the plea is made “freely and voluntarily” and the defendant agrees to “the use of additional criminal history if later ascertained.” The Court held that since Robinson failed to disclose his juvenile history he can’t later cry foul because the undisclosed history increased his offender score.  This is not a manifest injustice.

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