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Case Conclusion Date: 03.12.2014
Practice Area: Criminal defense
Outcome: Entered Favorable Resolution Avoiding Sex Offense and Prison
Description: Client was charged with Rape in the Second Degree and Child Molestation Second Degree. The rape charge was Class A Felony exposing him to a maximum 25 years in prison, mandatory registration as a sex offender in Washington State, sexual deviancy evaluations, years of treatment, payment of court fines and restitution to the victim. The molestation charge was a Class B felony exposing him to 10 years prison. The case was galvanizing because the allegations involved a child. Despite the challenges, my pretrial interviews with the victim and subsequent investigations uncovered weaknesses in the State's case. Consequently, I drafted numerous motions to challenge the victim's competence, suppress the victim's hearsay statements and circumvent Washington's Rape-Shield laws to admit statements the victim made which undermined her credibility. I also persuaded the judge to allow investigations into the victim's school disciplinary records and CPS records. Moreover, I successfully argued that Washington's Public Disclosure laws allow investigations into the arresting officer's disciplinary records. My tactics - as well as the information obtained from them - facilitated successful negotiations with the Prosecutor. My client pled to a lesser charge and agreed to serve 6 months jail. He received no prison sentence, no sex convictions and no mandatory sex-offense registration. He shall not undergo sexual deviance evaluations and treatment. He shall not be monitored by post-jail community custody. Ultimately, the negotiated plea was a highly favorable resolution in light of the charges he faced.