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Case Conclusion Date: 07.15.2014
Practice Area: Criminal defense
Description: While driving his vehicle, Client accidentally bumped into another motorist's rear bumper. Client got out of his car, inspected the alleged victim's vehicle, and tried discussing the matter civilly. The alleged victim immediately argued with Client and got on her cell phone. Seeing no damage to her vehicle - and believing she was calling a friend or family member to possibly arrive and assault him - Client drove his vehicle away from the scene. Later, police contacted Client. He was cited for Hit & Run Attended Vehicle under RCW 46.52.020. This crime is a gross misdemeanor punishable up to 1 year in jail, a $5,000.00 fine and a 30-day license suspension. Worse, a criminal conviction could have motivated the alleged victim to file a lawsuit against Client. Mr. Ransom contacted the alleged victim in an effort to compensate her and dismiss the case under the Compromise of Misdemeanor components of RCW 10.22. Unfortunately, her demands were outrageously unreasonable and unsubstantiated by any estimates. Next, Mr. Ransom filed and drafted a Knapstad motion to dismiss under the argument that Client did, in fact, contact the alleged victim after the incident happened and did not simply drive away. The filing of the Knapstad Motion started fruitful negotiations with the Prosecutor. We entered a Stipulated Order of Continuance allowing dismissal of the case after one year of good behavior, 16 hours of community service and $500 restitution payment to the alleged victim. All parties were satisfied with the outcome.