Case Results

State v. A.V., July, 2019

Charges: 1st Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct (Felony); 5th Degree Criminal Sexual Contact (Gross Misdemeanor); Two separate juveniled cases with two different victims, incurred over a short period of time in the same county.

Resolution: The first degree case was amended to a third degree criminal sexual conduct and the client was admitted into the deferred adjudication program. Meanwhile, the client received a stay of adjudication on the fifth degree case, with tracking probations essentially. Literally, this outcome saved this client's life. He now can earn the continued clean record and never be convicted of any offense, despite the serious allegations. The young man took serious and significant strides in his growth and maturation that paid dividends at sentencing. Add in a full account for his wrongdoings and he posed the perfect candidate for this generous and unlikely outcome.

State v. N.A., June, 2019

Charges: 4th Degree DWI - Misdemeanor

Resolution: Stay of Adjudication - which means the case will be dismissed, without a conviction, after a brief probationary period. This is such an incredibly rare outcome. And, on top of the outcome itself, the terms and conditions of probation are exactly in line with a standard first-time offense - i.e. the client does not have to do anything above and beyond to get this incredible outcome. Instead, due to shrewd negotiating, leveraging a pre-trial motion, a terrific relationship with the prosecutor, and, frankly, some luck, the client was able to keep a perfect record, thereby saving his career. Only North Star achieves these type of outcomes with any consistency.

State v. S.A., June, 2019

Charges: 5th Degree Criminal Sexual Contact - Gross Misdemeanor - Juvenile Case

Resolution: Stay of Adjudication. The client had no criminal record and the allegations could have been charged out as felony sex crimes that would have required registration as a sex offender if proven. With a careful approach and smart negotiations, the client maintains his perfect record, remains on track with his schooling and extra-curriculars, and even was able to stay at the same school - despite the allegations involving transgressions while at school.

State v. T.J., June, 2019

Charges: Criminal Damage to Property - Misdemeanor

Resolution: Stay of adjudication to an amended count of disorderly conduct. What makes this outcome even more remarkable is the client received the same outcome on a damn near identical incident less than a year prior to this incident. Still, with some proactive steps and savvy negotiating, the North Star team obtaining this outcome - even over the victim's objection to it. The client is thrilled to walk away from both incidents without a criminal record.

State v. S.E., June, 2019

Charges: Misdemeanor School Stop-Arm Violation

Resolution: Stay of adjudication. The state initially demanded a plea to the count as charged with a significant fine. After some negotiating, the state reduced its offer to a petty misdemeanor, which is a non-crime and not a bad outcome. Undeterred, the North Star team knew how to leverage a potential contested hearing into an outcome in which the client will earn a dismissal after the one-year probationary period on the stay of adjudication. And the fine remained the same as the original offer. Point being, the North Star team correctly navigated this case to get the client the best possible outcome to avoid creating a criminal record over a traffic matter.

State v. R.W., May, 2019

Charges: Felony Theft

Resolution: Stay of Adjudication. Even though Mr. Gempeler was appearing in a county he has never been to before, he negotiated this great result for his deserving client. What's more, the conditions of probation are almost non-existent - pay restitution, letter of apology, and have no same or similar incidents. The Judge even announced he will cut his probation in half if he is tending to his obligations properly.

State v. D.F., May, 2019

Charges: 4th Degree DWI - Misdemeanor

Resolution: Plea to an amended count of Failing to Drive with Due Care. This was an older client's first offense of any kind and his BrAC was just over the legal limit. By getting better than a Careless Driving outcome - which is always the initial offer (and one most defense attorneys grab quickly) - the client was able to avoid possible job consequences and even loss of opportunities to serve on community Boards. Not only that, the client never had to show in court, which was important considering he lived on the west coast. All in all, a fantastic outcome and further proof of why North Star works so hard to go above and beyond for their clients.

State v. M.K., May, 2019

Charges: Felony Domestic Assault - Strangulation; Two counts of misdemeanor domestic assault

Resolution: Stay of Adjudication to a misdemeanor domestic assault and the remaining counts are dismissed. On top of earning the opportunity to keep his clean record, the terms of probation are basically non-existent - pay a small fine and remain law abiding. Because of this outcome, the client has no job consequence and can maintain and continue to build his relationship with his son, who was caught up in the incident - allegedly. Notably, this case was in a county that Mr. Gempeler had yet to appear in. Yet, he was quickly able to earn the respect and trust of the County Attorney and negotiate this incredible result, showing that our approach translates to success across the State, regardless of our prior history in any one county.

State v. B.D., May, 2019

Charges: 4th Degree DWI - Misdemeanor

Resolution: Plea to a misdemeanor SPEEDING ticket. The sentence only called for a standard two days of community work service, a minimal fine, and he is on unsupervised probation. Getting this incredible result - out of Minneapolis, no less - was imperative for a client that conducts significant business in Canada. Now, with this outcome, the client's job is no longer in jeopardy.

State v. F.G., May, 2019

Charges: 4th Degree DWI - Misdemeanor

Resolution: Plea to an amended count of Careless Driving. The sentence called for no jail time, minimal fine, and a year of probation with only the bare minimum terms of probation for a DWI-related offense. This is a fantastic result, considering the fact that the client had a prior DWI just outside of ten years. Usually, with a prior DWI, prosecutors are not want to give the benefit of the doubt to the Defendant and offer a non-DWI type disposition. But, here, thanks to the strategy and relationships built by North Star, the client got a much-needed second (actually, third) chance.

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