Case Results

State v. L.B., November, 2017

Charges: 3rd Degree Assault - Felony

Resolution: Gross Misdemeanor sentence to assault plea. The client had a rough night in which she bit off part of the victim's ear. Both parties were intoxicated. Our client had no criminal record and it was critical to avoid a felony record in order to keep her career. Based upon our counseling to be proactive in addressing chemical dependency and mental health issues, combined with our experienced negotiating, the client obtained an agreed-upon gross misdemeanor sentence to the charge. Ultimately, the client was ordered to serve no additional jail, pay a $100 fine, and complete an anger management assessment. Considering the circumstances, this is a fantastic and necessary result for our client.

State v. J.W., November, 2017

Charges: 3rd Degree DWI - Gross Misdemeanor

Resolution: Client pled guilty to the 3rd Degree DWI charge. Statutory minimums call for a short spell in jail and at least 28 days on house arrest. Mr. Gempeler successfully negotiated a result in which the client received credit for mental health and chemical dependency inpatient treatment in lieu of being order to serve time in jail and house arrest. Further, the client's treatment was credited so that he did not have to complete a separate chemical dependency assessment, per the usual conditions. Finally - and this is utterly rare for gross misdemeanor DWI offenses - the client was placed on unsupervised probation to the Court, meaning he saves several hundred dollars in hidden fees and makes the 2-year probationary period much less burdensome. Considering a complete lack of any viable defenses, this outcome is remarkable.

State v. M.K., September, 2017

Charges: 3rd Degree DWI - Gross Misdemeanor

Resolution: Plea to 3rd Degree DWI. Client's breath test result was .21. No matter how hard we tried, the City was unwilling to consider a 4th Degree DWI. Still, the team at North Star worked hard to put our client in a position to minimize the consequences that would have come his way without our work. At the end of the day, the client was sentenced to no further jail or community work service, pay a fine, and placed on probation. The State wanted community work service, but Mr. Gempeler successfully argued for credit due to the client's community service and volunteer coaching. The client is very satisfied that the end result is minimal compared to what he expected, due to the hard work of North Star.

State v. T.J., September, 2017

Charges: Disorderly Conduct - Misdemeanor

Resolution: Stay of adjudication. Client has a clean criminal record and it was vital to keep it that way. After counseling the client on how to position herself into being a good candidate for this great result, the team at North Star used its good relationship with the city attorney to finalize this opportunity for the client to earn the right to keep her record clean.

State v. D.L., September, 2017

Charges: 4th Degree DWI - Misdemeanor

Resolution: Failing to Drive with Due Care guilty plea. The client contacted North Star the night of the incident. After some strategic and lengthy discussions, the client blew .079, which means his license was never revoked because it was below the legal threshold. Still, the State charged him with a DWI because, in theory, he was over the legal limit when he was driving. Despite having never appeared in this county before, Mr. Gempeler negotiated an incredible result of failing to drive with due care, which is far better than the typical plea negotiation to a careless driving. The client received an incredibly light sentence and keeps his record clean of any major violation. He could not be happier that he contact North Star the night of the incident and got their counsel through this difficult time in his life.

State v. H.H., September, 2017

Charges: 3rd Degree DWI - Gross Misdemeanor

Resolution: Client pled to a 4th Degree DWI as a misdemeanor. The case involved an accident, which usually leads prosecutors to take an aggressive approach in plea negotiations. The State started out that way. But, through a careful and thoughtful approach, Mr. Gempeler was able to get the State to see that our client deserved and earned a lenient outcome. What started as a plea to a gross misdemeanor, resulted with a plea to a misdemeanor, with no time to serve in jail, probation to the court (which saves the client hundreds of dollars in probation services fees), and a minimal fine of only $100. Truly, this is a remarkable outcome for a deserving client.

State v. A.S., September, 2017

Charges: 3rd Degree DWI - GM

Resolution: Plea to a misdemeanor 4th Degree DWI. Client was facing the statutory minimum sentence of 48 hours in custody and 28 days on house arrest. Instead, the plea agreement called for her to do no additional time in custody or on house arrest. She was placed on one-year probation and only required to complete the Hennepin County 1-day DWI program and pay a fine of $500. This is an incredible result for a deserving client.

State v. T.S., July 2017

Charges: 4th Degree DWI - Misdemeanor

Resolution: Plea to a Failing to Drive with Due Care. The DWI charges were dismissed. The typical result in such a case would have been a Careless Driving conviction. But, Mr. Gempeler and the team at North Star knew that pushing the matter, combined with a thoughtful negotiating strategy, could land our client an even better outcome; one that is rare for DWI cases. This is a fantastic result for a wonderful young man whose record remains clean.

State v. K.J., June, 2017

Charges: Shoplifting - Misdemeanor

Resolution: Our team at North Star was able to swing a diversion program for our client. Additionally, a bare minimum in fees and conditions during diversion were imposed. As long as the client remains law abiding, gets to keep her record clear as a result. Another great win for the North Star team.

State v. T.B., June, 2017

Charges: 4th Degree DWI - Misdemeanor

Resolution: Client pled to a misdemeanor careless driving with no jail to serve, a minimum fine, and only one-year on probation to the Court. In addition, the client did not have to waive his fight in the implied consent case. Ultimately, the license revocation that automatically happens following a DWI was rescinded. The end result for the client - no DWI on both his criminal and driving records. This is a clean sweep, victory for the client.

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