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Case Conclusion Date: 05.09.2016
Practice Area: Criminal defense
Outcome: Hung Jury & Dismissal
Description: Client charged with Assault Fourth Degree Domestic Violence (DV) following an altercation she had with her roommate/cousin in the laundry room. Assault Fourth Degree is a gross misdemeanor punishable up to 1 year jail and a $5,000 fine. Also, DV crimes bring enhanced penalties, limit career opportunities, bring mandatory DV treatment and disallow international travel to some countries. Making matters worse, client was already on probation for an unrelated matter. She rightfully feared serving jail time if her probation was revoked as a result of gaining another criminal conviction. During trial, Mr. Ransom argued the City's witnesses lacked credibility and that its case lacked evidence. Ultimately, the jury was hung with 4 jurors voting "Not Guilty" and 2 jurors voting "Guilty." The judge declared a mistrial. Instead of re-trying the case, Mr. Ransom persuaded Prosecutor to dismiss in 6 months if Client maintained law-abiding behavior and showed proof of attending Anger Management sessions.