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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. Gomez

“I swear boss I left him right here!”  Gomez was arrested for driving while license suspended and obstruction.  He was taken to the county jail and handcuffed to a chair that was bolted to the floor.  Apparently that is the extent of the holding facility at this Garfield County jail, which is in the basement of the county courthouse.  A CHAIR BOLTED TO THE FLOOR!  Must be budget cuts. 

So the arresting deputy sheriff gets another call and leaves Gomez handcuffed to the chair.  When the deputy comes back, Gomez is gone.  Surveillance video showed Gomez slipping out of the handcuffs and just walking out the door.  They can’t afford a jail cell, but it’s important to have a video of your lone prisoner escaping.  I wonder what they do if they have multiple prisoners.  Do they handcuff them all to the one chair and when the music stops whoever sits down first gets early release?

Houndini

So the deputy eventually catches up with Gomez and arrests him again.  This time they handcuffed him to the flag pole.  Gomez was charged with felony escape second degree (RCW 9A.76.120), which is defined as knowingly escaping from a “detention facility.”  Knowingly?  I can’t imaging a prisoner unknowingly escaping jail:  “Oh my gosh!  How did I get out here?” 

So Gomez was convicted of second degree escape and he appealed the conviction arguing that what he did was actually escape from custody (RCW 9A.76.130), which is only a gross misdemeanor. 

So the issue came down to: Is a pair of handcuffs and a chair bolted to the floor a detention facility?  The statutory definition of “detention facility is “any place used for the confinement of a person.”  Well Garfield County Jail doesn’t have a jail cell so I guess the chair is a “detention facility.”  So says Division III. 

So keep track of that one bullet deputy…Gomez the Magnificent has lost his appeal and he may be coming back to town.

Barney Fife

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