Case Results

State v. M.V.

November, 2020
Charges: 5th Degree Assault - Misdemeanor

Acquitted at a jury trial. Client was alleged to have engaged in a rather violent road rage incident in Carver County. Even with an offer of a stay of adjudication - which would have resulted in a dismissal and eliminate the risk associated with trial - the client was consistent that he wanted his day in court to show that he did not engage in the type of violent assault the State was alleging. The State had three separate, independent witnesses that all alleged they saw our client viciously assault another driver. The driver, himself, said the same thing. Yet, Mr. Gempeler crafted a brilliant trial strategy and theme that carried the day. Armed with photographs that simply did not match the allegations, Mr. Gempeler attacked the case and the witnesses, impeached them all, and showed how their stories were incomplete and continued to change with the passage of time. Most notably, he had the primary witness - an off-duty Sergeant, former detective - throwing her hands up and asking the State's attorney whether she, the officer, could object to Mr. Gempeler's questioning. Needless to say, the cross examination was thorough and devastating to the State's case. As a result, the State's case lacked credibility, believability, and ultimately reasonably doubt existed. The jury returned a not guilty verdict in short order, proving again that we are Not Always Minnesota Nice when fighting for our clients.

Types of Charge(s): Assault Case Results, Misdemeanor

State v. J.B.

November, 2020
Charges: 5th Degree Assault, Disorderly Conduct - Misdemeanors

Continuance for dismissal. Client was facing serious assault charges stemming from an incident involving his opposition to political protesters in his neighborhood. Admittedly, his response was far from ideal. But, he took proactive steps following it to address his anger and show that he was not a public safety risk. Despite the possibly underlying political statement issues associated with the case, the North Star team achieved this needed result, thereby affording the client to continue searching for new employment without the stain of an assault and/or disorderly conduct conviction on his record. The client is thrilled to have chosen the North Star team to fight on his behalf through this case and challenging time in his life.

Types of Charge(s): Assault Case Results, Misdemeanor

State v. M.L.

November, 2020
Charges: Disorderly Conduct - Misdemeanor

Continuance for dismissal. Client was adamant that the charges were bogus. Yet, the expected testimony and other evidence most certainly presented a challenge with an upcoming trial. The North Star team was undeterred and scheduled the matter for trial. On the eve of it, the State reached out with an updated offer that was too good to refuse - six-months probation (compared to the standard 1-year), minimal fine, and only no same or similar conduct. Considering we asked for this exact outcome numerous times and turned down a stay of adjudication to take this to trial, it was huge to obtain this, without the trial risk, when the client could have had job consequences with a guilty verdict at trial. So, it was a no-brainer to finally take the deal when offered. Another fantastic result due to the hard work and strategic approach by the North Star team.

Types of Charge(s): Misdemeanor

State v. S.D.

October, 2020
Charges: Threats of Violence - Felony

Dismissed. Client was facing a felony case, resulting from an alleged incident with his significant other. The facts, though, simply didn't add up and the complaining witness was adamant that she did not want to pursue this case further. Add in a thoughtful motion to dismiss filed by the North Star team, the State finally concluded that they had to drop the case. And did so prior to the motion hearing date, demonstrating the strength of the argument and how the North Star team leveraged all of the circumstances to obtain this just result for the client. Another fantastic result achieved by the right balance of aggressive advocacy and thoughtful discussions/negotiations with the State.

State v. M.I.

October, 2020

Plea to careless driving as a misdemeanor. Client blew a .11 on a first-time DWI and had no legal defense. On top of that, the client had a wonderful job promotion opportunity to work for her company in Canada. A DWI would have prevented that from happening. Thankfully, the North Star team was able to secure a plea to an amended count of Careless Driving, which included no admission to facts relating to alcohol-use -- a must in order for the client to be able to enter Canada. Further, the sentence called for no community service, a minimal fine, and unsupervised probation. All in all, another great case result that saves the client and allows her to proceed with her future unscathed by this offense.

Types of Charge(s): DWI Case Results, Misdemeanor

State v. W.G.

October, 2020
Charges: School Bus-Arm Stop Violation - Misdemeanor

Stay of Adjudication. The evidence - mainly the video - was clear in showing that the client continued driving by a school bus after it had extended the stop arm. Yet, with no real defense, the North Star team used their positive relationship with the local prosecutor and was able to successfully talk up the client's driving record, that he learned his lesson, and that he'll earn the dismissal with good driving conduct. The result achieved avoids a criminal record out of this traffic incident - exactly what the Client sought from North Star's counsel.

State v. J.R.

October, 2020
Charges: 2 counts of Felony 5th Degree Drug Possession; Gross Misdemeanor False Information to Police Officer; and Misdemeanor Furnishing Alcohol to a Minor; and a separate case for Extradition on an out-of-state Felony Parole Violation

Plea to two gross misdemeanor crimes - one drug possession and the false info. The client had a small amount of two drugs found on his person, but with a prior drug conviction, the client was facing two felony charges. Complicating things further, the client had a warrant for a parole violation in Texas and facing an extradition case separate from the underlying criminal case. Thankfully, the client was afforded bail on both cases, checked himself into rehab, gained sobriety, and proved to the Court that he was facing his past, rather than running from it. Mr. Gempeler then leveraged a legal motion challenging the evidence for one of the drug charges to get the needed outcome - a non-felony record. Now with this outcome, the client has a chance to avoid further incarceration on his old warrant. Even when faced with long odds, the North Star team knows how to fight to get the necessary results for its clients.

State v. T.E.

August, 2020
Charges: 5th Degree Assault - Misdemeanor

Continuance for Dismissal. Client had no defense. She allegedly assaulted a fellow wedding-goer for no reason, except for a possible mental health breakdown. The client took immediate proactive steps following the incident, specifically directed at figuring out what caused the incident. After completing the same and demonstrating that this truly was a one-night, random incident that will not happen again, the client earned this fantastic result, which preserved her clean record. She is thrilled that she got the North Star team to properly advocate for her - and use our great relationships with the prosecutors, who knew they could trust us and, therefore, our client.

Types of Charge(s): Assault Case Results, Misdemeanor

State v. M.O.

August, 2020
Charges: Careless Driving - Misdemeanor

Plea to charge as a petty misdemeanor. The client engaged in driving conduct that undoubtedly fit the bill for a Careless Driving charge - even if some attenuating circumstances existed. Compounding the driving conduct was the fact that the client had a commercial drivers license. By law, prosecutors are unable to negotiate off a traffic violation when dealing with a commercial driver. Still, the North Star team successfully negotiated the plea deal to a petty misdemeanor offense, which is a non-crime in Minnesota. Avoiding a true criminal record was crucial to the client. In doing so, he avoided any employment consequence and the North Star team assured him that the record would not lead to a loss of his commercial driving privileges. Given everything, this was a great result for a deserving client.

State v. C.A.

August, 2020
Charges: 3rd Degree DWI - Gross Misdemeanors

Stay of imposition. The client blew a .21. Though it was a first-time offense, that is an awfully high reading that prosecutors rarely move off of. With an initial offer to straight plea, the North Star team worked with the client in crafting a negotiating strategy to earn a better outcome. With no legal defense, the client decided to not drive for a year while revoked and stayed stone-cold sober. Eventually, the prosecutor agreed to a stay of imposition, which means the client will only have a misdemeanor record once he successfully completes the minimum 2-years probation. On top of that, there is no jail to serve and we even avoided the DWI assessment penalty that this county likes to impose when a reading is above .16. All in all, the client is very happy to have a misdemeanor record and no jail to serve - a great result given the facts of the case.

Types of Charge(s): DWI Case Results

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