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Case Conclusion Date: 02.03.2015
Practice Area: Criminal defense
Description: Client was approached by police in her parked vehicle while smoking marijuana. She was cited for Possession of Marijuana under Bellingham Municipal Code 10.08.020. At first, the Prosecutor wanted her to plead guilty as charged, serve a mandatory minimum day in jail and pay a $300 fine. Through careful negotiations, however, Mr. Ransom persuaded the Prosecutor to amend the charges to Possession of Paraphernalia under RCW 69.50.412. This amendment/reduction circumvented the mandatory day in jail that a Possession of Marijuana charge brings. In lieu of jail, client agreed to serve 16 hours of community service and pay a $493 fine. Additionally, Mr. Ransom also negotiated the client would not be monitored by probation. Finally, the Prosecutor and judge allowed client to enter a Deferred Sentencing allowing dismissal of the charges after one year of law-abiding behavior.