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Case Conclusion Date: 10.01.2015
Practice Area: Criminal defense
Outcome: Hung Jury & Dismissal
Description: Client charged with Child Molestation First Degree on allegations that he fondled a neighbor's daughter. This crime is a Class A felony punishable up to a term of life imprisonment and/or $50,000 fine. It is also a serious offense as defined by RCW, a "persistent offender" offense, a "strike" offense and a sex crime involving mandatory registration as a sex offender for 15 years to life. Mr. Ransom conducted in-depth investigations of the matter before trial. He also successfully argued motions to compel evidence from the State. At trial, Mr. Ransom successfully questioned the credibility of the State's witnesses and the victim. He also successfully showed the Prosecutor failed to carry their burden of proof beyond a reasonable doubt. Ultimately, the jury decided 10-2 that the defendant was not guilty. The judge declared a mistrial. Although Prosecutor re-filed charges, he later dismissed the case due to the jury's overwhelming votes of "Not Guilty." Later, Mr. Ransom rescinded the pretrial release conditions which previously restricted Client's ability to travel and prohibited him from being in contact with minors.