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Case Conclusion Date: 07.07.2015
Practice Area: Criminal defense
Outcome: Dismissed All Charges
Description: Client was hunting elk with friends in Whatcom County. It was 5:00 p.m. As client and her friends were leaving, they saw an elk. Thinking it was real, client allegedly fired her rifle at the elk. Unbeknownst to Client, however, the elk was a fake/decoy set up by Fish and Wildlife Officers. They contacted client, seized her rifle, and charged her with Spotlighting Big Game Second Degree under RCW 77.15.450(1), Unlawful Hunting of Big Game Second Degree under RCW 77.15.410(b) and Criminal Trespass Second Degree under RCW 9A.52.080. These charges are simple and gross misdemeanors punishable from 90 days to 1 year in jail and $1,000 - $5,000 fine each. Making matters worse, client risked losing her government job, forfeiting her rifle and having her hunting license suspended/revoked. Fortunately, Mr. Ransom successfully negotiated dismissal of the charges under a 6-month Deferred Sentence. Client served no jail and avoided evaluations, probation and restitution. Mr. Ransom also negotiated with the Attorney General's office and the Department of F&W for the return of Clients' rifle in exchange for a $250 fine.