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Case Conclusion Date: 08.26.2014
Practice Area: Criminal defense
Description: Client charged with RCW 46.51.500 Reckless Driving following a traffic accident. This is a gross misdemeanor punishable up to 1 year in jail, $5,000.00 court fines, drug/alcohol treatment (if necessary), 5 years of probation, mandatory 30-day license suspension and a substantial increase auto insurance rates. Client is a career Navy veteran with rank/privileges granted to him through years of service and hard work. Despite the challenges, I constructed an excellent merit package on client's behalf and presented it to the Prosecutor. As a result, we entered favorable negotiations. The Prosecutor offered dismissal of the case if my client accepted a committed traffic infraction of "Failure to Yield" under RCW 46.61.205 and a $124 fine. Since "Failure to Yield" is not a crime we avoided jail, evaluations, treatment, probation and the mandatory 30-day license suspension associated with Reckless Driving convictions. Additionally, the plea resolution included language preventing a potential lawsuit from the other motorist involved in the accident. Best of all, the resolution preserved my client's military rank and privileges. Client was pleased we resolved the case well before he was deployed to Virgina later this year.