Case Conclusion Date: 03.07.2016
Practice Area: Criminal defense
Outcome: Dismissed All Charges
Description: Client originally charged with Assault Fourth Degree Domestic Violence (DV) under RCW 9A.36.041; Malicious Mischief Third Degree (DV) under RCW 9A.48.090 and Malicious Mischief Third Degree (non-DV). These crimes are gross misdemeanors. Each one of them is punishable up to a year in jail, a $5,000.00 fine, DV evaluations, drug/alcohol evaluations and 2-5 years of active probation. Being convicted also harmed Client's future employment opportunities, prohibited the owning/possessing a firearms and denied his entry into Canada. Making matters worse, Client had significant criminal history and was also in the process of trying to become a Canadian citizen. Fortunately, Mr. Ransom's investigations revealed that all parties were heavily intoxicated and Client acted in self-defense. Mr. Ransom also discovered the alleged victims did not want to pursue charges. Based on this, Mr. Ransom convinced Prosecutor to enter a 6-month Stipulated Order of Continuance (SOC). Successful completion of the SOC's stipulations would result in dismissal of all charges, avoid convictions and allow Client to become a citizen of Canada. While the SOC was pending, Mr. Ransom was informed by Client's immigration attorney that Client's criminal charges must be dismissed 3 weeks prior to the SOC’s original dismissal date due to immigration concerns. Despite this unforeseen challenge, Mr. Ransom acted quickly, noted up an early termination hearing and successfully persuaded the Prosecutor and Judge to dismiss the charges three weeks early due to the immigration concerns. Client was extremely happy with this outcome.