Jeffrey O'Hara Secures Not Guilty Verdict for Grand Rapids Man Charged in Fatal 2009 Crash with Motorcyclist

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Michigan criminal defense attorney persuades jury to acquit client charged with Driving While Intoxicated Causing Death and Driving While License Suspended Causing Death

This was an awful and tragic accident, and our deepest sympathies go out to Mr. Ray's family members and friends

Jeffrey J. O'Hara, a highly regarded Grand Rapids, Mich. criminal defense attorney, secured not guilty verdicts on both counts in the trial of a man who was accused of causing the death of a motorcyclist during a tragic 2009 traffic accident in Grand Rapids.

The case, People of the State of Michigan v. Ronald Edward Windom (Case No. 09-11205-FH), attracted significant attention in the community because the defendant was charged with causing the fatal accident while driving intoxicated and with a suspended license. The three-day jury trial took place in the Kent County Circuit Court before Hon. Donald A. Johnston and the verdict was announced after just three hours of deliberation.

The collision occurred at approximately 2 a.m. on September 5, 2009, between the vehicle Mr. Windom was driving and the motorcycle driven by 41 year-old Stafford Ray. The impact of the collision, which took place on South Division Avenue, south of Hall Street, caused Mr. Ray's Kawasaki motorcycle to explode in flames.

Mr. O'Hara introduced evidence in the trial that suggested Mr. Ray was traveling at least 75 MPH in a 30 MPH zone at the time of the accident. After the jury rendered their not guilty verdicts, individual jurors reported that the evidence presented to them regarding Mr. Ray's reckless rate of speed was indeed persuasive in their deliberations.

"This was an awful and tragic accident, and our deepest sympathies go out to Mr. Ray's family members and friends," said Mr. O'Hara, a criminal defense lawyer who is well-respected by judges, law enforcement personnel and other lawyers throughout West Michigan. "I'm delighted, however, that the jurors were able to focus on the evidence presented during the trial and agreed that my client was not responsible for this tragedy."

For more than 20 years, the Law Office of Jeffrey J. O'Hara has been authoritatively representing clients in both state and federal criminal matters. The firm focuses on criminal defense in the following areas: Sex crimes; Drug crimes; Murder / assault; Traffic Violations; Drunk Driving (DUI / OWI); Misdemeanors; Pornography charges; Federal crimes; Theft / fraud; White collar crimes; Computer cyber crimes; Weapons charges; and Post-conviction matters. For more information, please call 616.235.2000 or go to

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