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Case Conclusion Date: 03.14.2017
Practice Area: Criminal defense
Outcome: Reduced & Dismissed
Description: Client charged with Spotlighting Big Game Second Degree under RCW 77.15.450 and two counts of Unlawful Hunting of Big Game Second Degree under RCW 77.15.450. All crimes are gross misdemeanors punishable up to 1 year in jail, $5,000.00 court fines, loss of firearm rights, revocation of hunting license and the seizure/forfeiture of firearms. Making matters worse, Client risked termination of his employment with the Boeing Co. Despite the challenges, Mr. Ransom assembled a very strong merit package and convinced the Prosecutor to dismiss one count of Unlawful Hunting of Big Game Second Degree, reduce the Spotlighting charge to Criminal Trespass Second Degree under RCW 9A.52.080 and reduce the remaining Unlawful Hunting of Big Game Second Degree charge to a Wildlife Hunting Infraction under RCW 77.15.160(2)(d). The reductions were to infractions and simple misdemeanors as opposed to gross misdemeanor hunting violations. The court sentenced Client to 3 days of jail alternatives and a $2,000 fine. Ultimately, this resolution effectively avoided all the negative consequences mentioned above. Best of all, Client avoided loss of Boeing security clearance and loss of his job. Finally, Mr. Ransom contacted Fish & Wildlife authorities and convinced them to return Client's firearm after he paid its fair-market value.