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Case Conclusion Date: 04.09.2015
Practice Area: Criminal defense
Description: Client charged with Hit & Run Unattended under RCW 46.52.010. This is a gross misdemeanor punishable up to 1 year jail and a $5,000 fine. Client allegedly struck a telephone pole while driving and fled the scene on foot. The police failed to locate him on the night of the incident. There were also no witnesses to the incident. Eventually, the police contacted the defendant via cell phone and obtained a statement that he did, in fact, crash his vehicle into the telephone pole. Despite the challenges, Mr. Ransom persuaded client's insurance company to pay the damages to the City's telephone pole. Mr. Ransom also drafted a motion to dismiss the charges under the theory of "corpus delicti." This defense allows dismissal of criminal charges if the Prosecutor fails to bring independent evidence of the charges outside of the defendant's confession. Prosecutor dismissed the charges.