Theft & Shoplifting Case Results
To see just how successful our approach is, here are some representative theft and shoplifting case results:
Charges: Shoplifting – Misdemeanor
Resolution: Continuance for dismissal. The City Attorney took a firm stance on the offer being a stay of adjudication – a great result that the client would have been pleased with. But, Mr. Gempeler knew a better outcome was obtainable with the proper approach. After counseling the client about ways to be proactive in a manner that could lead to a better result, Mr. Gempeler aggressively negotiated the better result for the client – a continuance for a dismissal. For a client that must disclose her criminal record for her job, the distinction is significant in that she no longer has to state she pled guilty to the offense. The client is relieved that her mistake won’t impact her future due to the aggressive approach by Mr. Gempeler.
Charges: Fraud/Theft by Deception/Receiving Stolen Property – Felony
Resolution: Case out of Washington County was Continued for Dismissal/Diverson. An outstanding client gets a better result. Complex facts, unfortunately rather easy to prove as misconduct and insurance fraud, was disproven sufficiently by aggressive investigation and outstanding work by North Star support staff for the State to offer a short-term dismissal program, no guilty plea required. Client, a professional and highly concerned about his reputation in the community, can move forward with confidence and a clean sheet. One of three ideal outcomes, on the same morning in Washington County.
Charges: Shoplifting – Misdemeanor
Resolution: Continuance for Dismissal. Shoplifting (theft) case out of Anoka County. Besides an outright dismissal, this is the best possible result a client can achieve in their case. Assuming our client stays law abiding for a year, this case will be completely dismissed and stay off their record.
Charges: Felony Theft
Resolution: Diversion and dismissal. Client was charged with a workplace theft – a serious offense that would have a long-lasting negative impact on his ability to gain employment in the future. The client was not eligible for diversion, thereby facing an offer to plead guilty to the offense as charge. Do to North Star’s diligence and careful discussions with the County Attorney’s office, the client became eligible for the diversion program more than a year after the alleged incident. The client is now able to keep a clean criminal record and stands a good chance to get an expungement of this record soon after he completes the diversion program.
Charges: Theft Counts (Career Offender)
Resolution: Both North Star attorneys took turns assisting this vital client, whose history is literally arms-long relative to prior theft and other turpitude-style convictions. Initial offers from prosecutors started at statutory maximum jail terms, or multiples thereof; the cases were eventually resolved for petty misdemeanor fines, no jail, no additional criminal conviction, and the still-young lady can continue her phoenix-like rise via treatment, employment rehabilitation and a completely spin-dried group of friends and associates. Both James and Dan like nothing more than to participate in a complete makeover for troubled clients, and they have rarely been as successful as here.
Charges: Misdemeanor Theft
Resolution: Continuance for Dismissal. The terms of the agreement are minimal – small fine, no entry at place of theft, and no same or similar incidents (a non-issue with a clean record before this incident). With the client facing the possibility of losing her job if there was ever a plea or conviction, this was the necessary result obtained through the appropriate approach by North Star attorneys.