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Case Conclusion Date: 01.06.2016
Practice Area: Criminal defense
Outcome: Dismissed All Charges
Description: Client was arrested for Felony Unlawful Imprisonment (DV) on accusations that he locked his ex-girlfriend in the basement of her father's home after they argued. Unlawful Imprisonment is a Class C felony exposing Client to 5 years prison and a $10,000.00 fine. Later, Client was pulled over by police officers and arrested on the charge. Officers allegedly recovered contraband during the search incident to arrest and charged Client with Possession of Heroin under RCW 69.50.4013(1). This drug charge is also a Class C felony. Mr. Ransom drafted and filed a pretrial Knapstad motion to dismiss the Unlawful Imprisonment charge on the argument that the victim was never "imprisoned" because her father, who was home during the incident, freed her minutes after Client departed the house. Regarding the drug charge, Mr. Ransom filed pretrial motions to dismiss the drug charge based on lack of probable cause and unlawful search and seizure pursuant to State v. AA, No. 31587-8-111 (2015). Mr. Ransom also moved to sever the two counts pursuant to pursuant to CrR 4.4(b), and State v. Gatalski, 40 Wn. App. 601 (1985). Prosecutor decided to dismiss charges because of the pretrial motions and the victim's lack of cooperation.