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Alexander Ransom’s Legal Cases

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  • Reckless Driving #C-697**

    Practice Area:
    Criminal defense
    Date:
    Sep 21, 2011
    Outcome:
    Full Jury Acquittal
    Description:
    City of Bellinghham charged client with Reckless Driving, a gross misdemeanor. If convicted, the crime carries a 30-day license suspension. Officer believed client posed "willful and wanton disregard for the safety of people and property" when he drove around and passed a slower-moving truck. At trial, however, Mr. Ransom revealed the City lacked evidence that AR's driving put anyone at risk. AR's girlfriend, who was a passenger in his vehicle, testified that AR's driving was not dangerous. She never feared for her safety or the safety of others. The jury returned a "Not Guilty" verdict in 1.5 hours.
  • Burglary Second Degree #11-1-010**-3

    Practice Area:
    Criminal defense
    Date:
    Jan 11, 2012
    Outcome:
    Jury Acquittal on Burglary charge.
    Description:
    Client was charged with Burglary Second Degree. He ventured upon a dilapitaded home which he thought was abandoned. Nobody resided at the home, the structure was in shambles, garbage littered the premises, the grass was unkempt and numerous abandoned vehicles were strewn about. Client's occupation is metal scrapper. He was interested in seeing if the abandoned vehicles were worth salvaging. Neighbors called the police, who arrived and arrested client. Police found evidence that the back door of the home was broken into. They also found evidence of rolled up electrical wiring which they presumed came from inside the house. The State's prosecutor charged client with Burglary in the Second Degree, a Class C felony. At trial, Mr. Ransom successfully admitted the 'lesser included" jury instruction of Criminal Trespass in the First Degree, a gross misdemeanor. This instruction allows juries to select Criminal Trespass if they find the State has not proven Burglary Second degree. More importantly, Mr. Ransom successfully introduced and admitted the "Abandoned Property" statutory defense to Criminal Trespass. He intended to provide the jury with a means of acquitting the defendant of Criminal Trespass. The jury ruled "Not Guilty" of Burglary Second Degree. They found, however, that client was guilty of Criminal Trespass. Client was impressed with the outcome. Mr. Ransom successfully acquitted him on the more serious charge of Burglary Second Degree, a Class C Felony.
  • Burglary First Degree, Felony Violation of No-Contact Order & Assault Fourth Degree #11-1-011**-2

    Practice Area:
    Criminal defense
    Date:
    May 17, 2012
    Outcome:
    Hung Jury, Mistrial & Dismissal of Burglary First Degree.
    Description:
    Client charged with Burglary First Degree, Assault Fourth Degree and Felony Violation of a No-Contact Order DV. After trial, the Prosecutor dismissed the Burglary charge after jury decided 10-2 "Not Guilty" in client's favor. Although client was found guilty on the remaining charges, the Judge imposed only 7 days actual jail time. The remaining jail time - 5 and 3/4 months - could be served via Electronic Home Monitoring (EHM), Electronic Home Detention (EHD) or work release. In short, this favorable outcome avoided a Burglary conviction (Class B Felony), avoided prolonged jail and saved client's employment.
  • Felony Harassment & Possession of a Weapon By a Prisoner #12-1-008**-9

    Practice Area:
    Criminal defense
    Date:
    Sep 28, 2012
    Outcome:
    Full Jury Acquittal
    Description:
    Client T.M. was charged with Felony Harassment (Count I) and Possession of a Weapon by a Prisoner (Count II). He was serving time at the county jail on an unrelated conviction. Unfortunately, he was also epileptic; and wasn't receiving his anti-seizure medications from jail nursing staff. After writing numerous complaints, T.M. and a nurse engage a brief argument through the "hatch" doorway of his cell. The argument was overheard by another inmate (Mr. R) who later became the Prosecution's star witness. Mr. R informed jail staff that T.M.intended to kill the nurse. Later, jail staff searched T.M.'s cell and found a short toothbrush with the handle sharpened down to a wedge. At trial, attorney Alexander Ransom successfully impeached Mr. R by revealing Mr. R's prior crimes of dishonesty, showing numerous flaws in Mr. R's testimony and revealing Mr. R would benefit from testifying against T.M. Ransom also showed T.M. was medically diagnosed with epilepsy, experiencing seizures in jail, had never threatened the nurse, and used the toothbrush to clean debris from the walls of his cell. After four days of trial, the 12-person jury returned "Not Guilty" verdicts on all charges. They took one hour to deliberate.
  • Assault Fourth Degree Domestic Violence #AC-448**

    Practice Area:
    Criminal defense
    Date:
    Jan 31, 2012
    Outcome:
    Dismissed
    Description:
    Client charged with Assault Fourth Degree DV. My investigations revealed alleged victim did not want to testify. No other witnesses, spotty evidence of assault, and "assault" was unintentional.
  • Assault Second Degree & Unlawful Imprisonment Domestic Violence #11-1-007**-4

    Practice Area:
    Criminal defense
    Date:
    Feb 14, 2012
    Outcome:
    Dismissed
    Description:
    Client charged with Assault Second Degree DV, a Class B felony, and Unlawful Imprisonment DV, a Class C felony. If guilty, he faced 13-17 months in prison. My investigations revealed alleged victim was highly intoxicated, instigated confrontation, did not want to testify and client responded in self defense.
  • Trafficking Stolen Property First Degree #11-1-001**-4

    Practice Area:
    Criminal defense
    Date:
    Feb 21, 2012
    Outcome:
    Dismissed
    Description:
    Client charged with 13 Counts of Trafficking in Stolen Property First Degree and 1 Count Theft Second Degree, all Class C felonies. My investigations revealed he was a "scrapper" by trade, and had agreements with many - including the alleged victim; a former employer - that he could indeed scrap discarded materials from construction projects. Investigations also revealed former employer had many EEOC complaints and reports filed against him. Although hearsay, the reports were admissible before a jury because they were governmental business records.
  • Assault Fourth Degree Domestic Violence #CB-770**

    Practice Area:
    Criminal defense
    Date:
    Apr 09, 2012
    Outcome:
    Dismissed
    Description:
    Client charged with Assault Fourth Degree DV. My investigations revealed no testifying witnesses and alleged victim did not want to testify. Incident reported days after it allegedly happened.
  • Unlawful Imprisonment & Interfering With Reporting of Domestic Violence #12-1-000**-0

    Practice Area:
    Criminal defense
    Date:
    May 29, 2012
    Outcome:
    Dismissed
    Description:
    Client charged with Unlawful Imprisonment DV, a class C Felony; Interfering with Reporting of Domestic Violence DV and Malicious Mischief DV; the remaining two which are gross misdemeanors. My investigations revealed alleged victim did not want to testify. We also persuaded the Prosecutor's decision by providing many positive character reference witnesses, revealing lack of criminal history, obtaining a domestic violence evaluation showing no significant problems and revealing client's desire to seek couples counseling.
  • Assault Fourth Degree Domestic Violence #CB-780**

    Practice Area:
    Criminal defense
    Date:
    Jul 09, 2012
    Outcome:
    Dismissed
    Description:
    Client charged with Assault Fourth Degree DV, a gross misdemeanor. She argued with her boyfriend about text messages he received from his ex-girlfriend. They wrestled over the his iPhone. She struck him defensively with her open palm. He suffered a bloody nose. Neighbors contacted police. My investigations revealed lack of witnesses, self defense and alleged victim did not want to testify.