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Case Conclusion Date: 02.10.2016
Practice Area: Criminal defense
Outcome: Dismissed and Resolved in Juvenile Court
Description: Juvenile client was originally charged as an adult accomplice to Kidnapping in the First Degree under RCW 9A.40.020(1), a Class A felony, Robbery in the First Degree under RCW 9A.56.200(1), a Class A felony, and Assault Second Degree under RCW 9A.36.021, a Class B felony. Client's exposure was 10-25 years prison and/or $20K-$50K each in fines. Also, all of these felonies are strike offenses under WA’s “3-strikes” laws. Making matters worse, being convicted of the Kidnapping charge brought automatic registration as a sex offender for 5-15 years because the victim involved a minor. The facts were such that the alleged victim was lured to the home of his former girlfriend because he stole a firearm from her step-father. The co-defendant stepfather imprisoned and tortured the juvenile; who was forced to strip naked and enter a freezer with rotten meat. Client allegedly assisted these actions, robbed the juvenile of his clothes and placed a handcuff on the juvenile's wrist afterward. This event made local news: http://www.bellinghamherald.com/news/local/crime/article50130975.html Fortunately, Mr Ransom negotiated a very favorable resolution under the circumstances. He convinced the Prosecutor that Client was simply at the wrong place at the wrong time. Along with "lack of evidence" theories, Mr. Ransom also worked up substantive defenses of Duress and Necessity if the case proceeded to trial. Ultimately, the Prosecutor agreed to dismiss the adult charges in Superior Court in exchange for pleading guilty to far lesser charges in Juvenile Court. The juvenile court imposed 30 days detention (local sanctions), all of which client received credit for time served. Also, Mr. Ransom shall seal Client's juvenile criminal history in one year. This prevents potential employers from accessing his juvenile record. In sum, the resolution reached by Mr. Ransom effectively avoided harsh consequences which would have ruined Client's life well into adulthood.