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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 - Washington State Supreme Court

State v. King

If police departments don't have an interlocal agreement, the only way an officer has jurisdiction to arrest outside of his jurisdiction is under the emergency exception found at RCW 10.93.070(2), which allows an arrest, "[i]n response to an emergency involving an immediate threat to human life or property."

In this case, a motorcyclist was traveling 70 while standing on foot pegs, and then sped away at a high rate of speed after a speedy lane change. The district court looked at the definition of reckless driving, of which Defendant was charged, which is a, "willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property."

The court held that that alone does not necessarily create an emergency exception. I disagree. Accelerating to 100 MPH creates a massive danger to life and property. The speed limits are there because they are an expression of what constitutes a safe speed, and to go beyond them, especially to such a degree, constitutes an immediate danger. The definition of "reckless" above says it all. You can't say its a disregard for the safety of persons or property on the one hand, and on the other say that its not an immediate threat to those same things.

King's conviction is reversed. I'm going to sluff off to my room to pout. Maybe I'll run away. Then they'll see I was right!

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