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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.

Washington Legal Roundup – Division I

State v. Anderson

Colleen Anderson was convicted of driving while license invalidated  in the first degree (DWLS 1).  Because she had had 4 prior DWLS 1 convictions, she was sentenced to a 180 day term of imprisonment under RCW 46.20.342.  She argued that because more than 7 years had passed since previous convictions, they should not have counted in determining whether she was a repeat offender.  This is what the driving under the influence statute provides.  She also requested that she be permitted to serve her sentence on electronic home monitoring (EHM).  The trial court denied both requests.

The Court of Appeals determined that the statute was ambiguous with regard to whether Ms. Anderson could serve her sentence on EHM and that the rule of lenity (i.e., ambiguity of a criminal statute is resolved in favor of the defendant) required that she be allowed to do so.  The Court of Appeals held, however, that the statute did not have any temporal restriction on prior convictions being considered. 

Note to self:  It seems a bit backwards, but apparently getting convicted for driving with a suspended license is worse than getting convicted for drunk driving.  At least the latter disappears from calculating your sentence as a repeat offender at some point.

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