Case Results

State v. J.R.

May, 2021
Charges: Interfering with a 911 Call - Gross Misdemeanor; two domestic assault charges - misdemeanors; and a misdemeanor disorderly conduct

Stay of adjudication to the lowest count, disorderly conduct, with minimal terms and requirements while on one-year probation. For someone facing a gross misdemeanor interference with a 911 call and having admitted to many of the allegations, this is an incredible result. Despite these challenging facts, the North Star team leaned on its great relationship with the prosecutor and persuaded her that this was the just and right outcome for the case. The client could not be happier he chose North Star Criminal Defense to fight for him and to get this result.

State v. J.N.

April, 2021
Charges: 3 Cases out of Dakota County: (1) Domestic Assault by Strangulation (Felony); two misdemeanor domestic assaults; (2) domestic assault - misdemeanor; (3) Violating a DANCO - misdemeanor

Stay of adjudication to one misdemeanor domestic assault charge and two misdemeanor domestic assault convictions. The felony domestic assault by strangulation charge and third case of violating an order for protection were dismissed. This is a remarkable outcome because the initial offer was to plead to the felony count and serve custody time. But, the North Star team raised a creative and new argument that the strangulation count was a specific intent crime, thereby allowing the client to raise a voluntary intoxication defense at trial (which was clear as day that he was seriously impaired). The county attorney initially scoffed at such a motion. The Court did not, though, and agreed with our arguments. That was a game-changing motion as it led to a plea deal to non-felony counts, no additional jail time, and the dismissal of a third case. And after the client successfully completes probation, the stay of adjudication will result in a dismissal of the second case entirely, too. The client is thrilled with the fight given to him by the North Star team.

State v. M.H.

April, 2021
Charges: School Bus Stop Arm Violation - Gross Misdemeanor; No Proof of Insurance - Misdemeanor; Stop Sign Violation - Petty Misdemeanor

Stay of Adjudication to the bus stop citation and the remaining counts and cases are dismissed. The client was facing two separate cases that included a gross misdemeanor and misdemeanor traffic violation. Yet, despite his driving misconduct in short succession, the North Star team leveraged a motion to dismiss on a legal argument to get a plea offer that ensures he will not be convicted of anything so long as he abides by minimal terms of probation. The client is thrilled to be able to avoid not only a conviction, but also the possible loss of license.

State v. J.M.

April, 2021
Charges: Traffic Ticket - Unsafe Change of Course - Misdemeanor

Continuance for dismissal. This is not a unique outcome for typical traffic tickets. But, that's not the case when they involve an accident. Almost always, prosecutors want a conviction or, at a minimum, a plea of guilty, even if that plea ultimately is vacated. But, here, the North Star team utilized a patient and diligent approach to obtain an outcome in which there will never be a conviction or an admission of any wrongdoing. And the client will be able to maintain a perfect record in doing so. Outside of an outright dismissal - which would never happen here - this is the best possible outcome and one the client could not be happier with.

State v. L.B.

April, 2021
Charges: Hunting Within City Limits Without a Permit - Misdemeanor

Continuance for dismissal. The client was bow-hunting on a friend's property, something that his friend had been doing for years. Unfortunately, they did not have a city permit to do so within the city limits. With zero defense available to this charge, the North Star team was still able to achieve this incredible outcome, one that results in a complete dismissal after a year of probation with minimal terms. The client is pleased to avoid creating a criminal record from this unique and, frankly, non-criminal behavior.

Types of Charge(s): Misdemeanor

State v. J.M.

April, 2021
Charges: Interference with Privacy - Gross Misdemeanor

Stay of Adjudication. Client was caught, on surveillance, using his cell phone to take upskirt videos of customers as they were in the store he was working at. The client immediately took proactive steps by seeing a mental health professional to address the underlying issues that led to his misconduct. At the same time, the North Star team researched a creative argument to raise to assist in plea negotiations. The combination led to this incredible result, where the client will not be convicted of any crime so long as he abides by minimal terms of probation. While his misconduct was abhorrent, his response and willingness to take strides to ensure this doesn't happen again earned this remarkable outcome.

Types of Charge(s): Gross Misdemeanor, Sex Crimes

State v. M.I.

April, 2021
Charges: Underage Drinking and Driving - Misdemeanor

Plea to an amended petty misdemeanor count. The client retained North Star after already pleading guilty to the crime and receiving a misdemeanor sentence that included 10 days of stayed jail. So, not only were we trying to negotiate a non-criminal outcome, but we also had to get the Court and prosecutor to agree to withdraw the guilty plea to begin with. Thankfully, a strategic approach coupled with a proactive step by the client hit the right note and the prosecutor got on board with our request. The end result is that the client will not have a criminal record. For such a young kid, that is absolutely critical to achieve. What makes this more remarkable is that she blew a .06 - needless to say, avoiding a criminal record when she was nearly over the legal limit is a terrific case result.

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.

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