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Case Conclusion Date: 01.08.2015
Practice Area: Criminal defense
Outcome: Dismissed Count I and Reduced Count II
Description: Client charged with Count I and Count II upper-level Vehicular Assault under RCW 46.61.522(1)(a). Each charge is a Class B Violent Felony Traffic Offense exposing the client to 10 years prison and $20,000 fine. Here, client was comparing speeds with another vehicle and drove with two passengers while doing so. The racing vehicles were speeding up to 135 mph down county roads. Client lost control of his vehicle, left the roadway, struck a mailbox, sheared off a power pole and drove through a horse fence before stopping in an open pasture. Although nobody was seriously injured, the Prosecutor aggressively charged the case. Despite the challenges, Mr. Ransom constructed a compelling merit package which showed the client's positive attributes and willingness to take accountability for his actions. As a result, Prosecutor dismissed Count I and amended Count II to a lower-level, non-violent "Disregard for the Safety of Others" Vehicular Assault under RCW 46.61.502(1)(c). Mr. Ransom also effectively negotiated 18 months of prison down to 30 days jail. Fortunately, the downward reduction also allowed client to serve the 30 days on Electronic Home Monitoring. The dismissal and reduction was extremely favorable in avoiding incarceration and saving the client's employment.