Case Results

State v. C.H.

March, 2021
Charges: Speeding in Excess of 100 MPH; Careless Driving - Misdemeanor

Plea to a Careless Driving as a petty misdemeanor offense. Client initially paid the fines for both charges immediately after receiving the citation. In doing so, he unknowingly assured the loss of his license for an extended period of time, stemming from a speeding ticket in excess of 100 mph. After getting notice of his upcoming revocation, he retained the North Star team to fix his error. And fix it we did. We filed a Motion to Withdraw his Guilty Plea and then successfully negotiated an outcome that does not result in a loss of license. Soon after his guilty plea was amended in the court record, his driving privileges were restored. This is the exact outcome the client needed and achieved because he hired us to fight for him.

Types of Charge(s): Traffic Violations Case Results

State v. B.F.

March, 2021
Charges: Disorderly Conduct - Misdemeanor; Unattended Baggage - Misdemeanor

Continuance for dismissal. Client is a pilot who is alleged to have accidentally left his federally-licensed firearm case at the terminal gate before boarding his flight. While clearly an accident and the case was secured properly with locks, the airport commission takes these matter seriously due to the obvious risk of an unattended weapon in the airport. The North Star team crafted a creative legal argument about the airport ordinance language, thereby putting some pressure on the prosecutor to make this incredibly favorable deal. Now, the client will have the case dismissed entirely a year later after completing minimal terms. This outcome will also put him in a much better position for his career and ability to continue to carry as a pilot.

Types of Charge(s): Misdemeanor

State v. C.F.

February, 2021
Charges: Felony Theft by Swindle

Client agreed to a diversionary outcome, meaning she is neither convicted nor even offers a plea of guilty as part of the agreement. And so long as she abides by the minimal terms of the diversionary agreement, the matter will be dismissed in one-year. This is a great result for a deserving client. Fearful of facing a felony for switching UPC codes while at Target - and no meaningful defense to it - the client is thrilled to walk away without a criminal record.

State v. J.N.

February, 2021
Charges: Felony Criminal Vehicular Operation; Felony 5th Degree Drug Possession; and Misdemeanor DWI

Client pled guilty to a gross misdemeanor criminal vehicular operation and received a stay of adjudication on the drug crime. As a result, the client will never be convicted of a felony. Additionally, the sentence did not call for time to serve in custody and only requires him to stay sober - which he has proven for the last year. This is a remarkable outcome because the facts are not pretty. He was both drunk and had a controlled substance in his system - plus pills found in his vehicle. He ended up rolling the vehicle, causing his passenger to be thrown from it. Luckily, the passenger did not suffer serious injuries. And, due to some aggressive discovery requested by the North Star team, we got the records to verify that the injuries sustained were not nearly as serious as initially feared, resulting in the opportunity to plead to a non-felony CVO. The client is ecstatic that he will avoid a felony conviction and jail time. Even the judge commented that he normally sends defendants to jail on these type of allegations, but the plea agreement took that decision out of his hands.

State v. C.B.

February, 2021
Charges: 3rd Degree-Refusal - Gross Misdemeanor; 4th Degree DWI - Misdemeanor

Plea to a 3rd Degree DWI-Refusal. The client exhibited horrible driving conduct and registered a PBT significantly above .20. Needless to say, no defenses existed and he was clearly at an elevated alcohol concentration. Compounding all of that, he refused the formal breath test at the station, which prosecutors despise as it shows noncooperation. Despite all of these facts stacked against him, the North Star team negotiated an outcome in which the client faces no jail time, a minimal fine, and credit for having completed a chemical dependency assessment, a MADD panel, and a DWI class. As a result, the client will receive the benefit of being on unsupervised probation. Given the challenging facts, no jail and unsupervised probation is a great outcome and one the client is very pleased with.

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

State v. S.M.

January, 2021
Charges: 3rd Degree DWI - Gross Misdemeanors

Plea to an amended count of misdemeanor 4th Degree DWI. The client had an elevated alcohol concentration on a first-time offense. Not only did the North Star team negotiate a plea to a misdemeanor level offense, we also obtained unsupervised probation for the client, meaning she will never meet with probation and has nothing to do for the next year but stay good. Now, the client can put this behind her without having to worry about ongoing obligations. This was an incredibly deserving outcome for a wonderful client.

Types of Charge(s): DWI Case Results

State v. H.B.

January, 2021
Charges: Threats of Violence; Conspiracy to Commit Threats of Violence - Juvenile Felony Case

Continuance for dismissal. The client was alleged to have partaken in a written bomb threat made inside a high school. It goes without saying that this was a major case that the State was committed to pursuing to the full extent that they could. The State even went so far as to hire a handwriting expert to help its case. Nonetheless, the North Star team stepped up and prepared an excellent defense to the case, including retaining an expert of our own to successfully counter the State's expert opinion. Eventually, with thoughtful discussions about the factual issues the State has and a deserving client, Mr. Gempeler finally got the State to come down to this incredible offer - one that does not include an admission to any facts and ultimately leads to a dismissal of the entire case after six short months on probation with minimal conditions. The client and his family could not be happier it chose the North Star team to fight for their son, who can now push forward in his life without a devastating criminal record.

State v. B.W.

January, 2021
Charges: 4th Degree DWI - Misdemeanors

Plea to an amended count of Careless Driving. The client had zero defenses - it was a straight-forward case from the State's perspective. And, making this case more challenging is that the client blew a .14 - an alcohol concentration level that almost never results in a plea to an amended count because it's closer to double the legal limit than the actual legal limit. On top of that, a DWI plea could have led to serious consequences for the client's military career. Despite this, the North Star team worked with the client to get him to a much better position for negotiations. He completed proactive steps and demonstrated with good conduct that this is more of an one-time incident than the start of a bad run. Through strenuous and smart negotiations, the client obtained this truly rare result and it saved his military career.

Types of Charge(s): DWI Case Results

State v. J.N.

January, 2021
Charges: 5th Degree Possession of Controlled Substances - Felony

Stay of adjudication. The client was busted for having marijuana found in his residence in various spots, accumulating a good amount. On top of that, the cops discovered multiple marijuana plants in the back garden area - far from an ideal fact for what could've been deemed a simpler possession case. Despite these troublesome facts, the North Star team achieved a dream outcome in which he will not be convicted of the felony (thereby keeping his record clean) and he avoids any time in custody. So long as he stays clean for up to three years, this case will be dismissed after his completion of probation.

Types of Charge(s): Drug Crime Case Results

State v. A.A.

December, 2020
Charges: Felony Controlled Substance Crimes

Client with multiple concerns, and a relatively large amount of money at issue, receives an incredible discount to a stay of adjudication, and the return of his cash, with no untoward consequences from the federal government. Client is overwhelmed and happy.

Types of Charge(s): Drug Crime Case Results, Felonies

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