Case Results

State v. S.D., January, 2019

Charges: 3rd Degree DWI - Gross Misdemeanor

Resolution: Stay of imposition, resulting in the gross misdemeanor being reduced to a misdemeanor after her successful completion of probation. This is a fantastic result for the client for a number of reasons. First, she was facing third degree charges because her child was in the car with her at the time. Typically, prosecutors are not keen on negotiating to a favorable result, let alone a misdemeanor. Second, the client had three conditional release violations for using alcohol when she was ordered by the Court to not use. Jail time was imposed for the violations. But, when there are violations - especially so many - again, obtaining any kind of a favorable outcome is next to impossible. Yet, the North Star team was able to use its great relationship with a fantastic prosecutor who believed us when describing the struggles and successes our client has had during her road to sobriety. Because of this and her continued efforts to sobriety, the client still earned a stay of imposition from the Court. For a first-time offender with eight children, this was a needed win for and her future. This is why we love what we do.

State v. T.H., January, 2019

Charges: 4th Degree DWI - Misdemeanor

Resolution: Plea to a creative Careless Driving record. The client blew a .11, which was .02 more than the cut-off the city prosecutor typically has for offering a careless driving conviction on first-time offenders. But, through savvy negotiating, including a great relationship with the prosecutor, the North Star team was able to obtain this incredible outcome. A creative careless means that the client will only have a careless driving conviction on his record following his successful completion of probation. This was a fantastic result for a young man that has high aspirations of traveling the country for work purposes. And it goes to show that even when the options may not present much from a defense standpoint, the North Star team knows how to create leverage points to obtain incredible results.

State v. S.F., January, 2019

Charges: Reckless Driving (Misdemeanor), Unlawful Passing (Petty), and Speeding (Petty)

Resolution: Plea to the bottom count, speeding, as a petty misdemeanor. This case took the utmost strategy and leverage from the North Star team to negotiate this favorable outcome out of a very stubborn (putting it nicely) prosecutor. The reckless driving charge stemmed from a single-vehicle accident. Yet, with the prospects of a probable cause challenge and possible court trial to follow, the North Star team pushed until it got the appropriate outcome. This outcome was critical for the client to avoid accumulating points on his employment driving record that could have been used to terminate him. Needless to say, with so much on the line, the client made the right decision to trust North Star to get him through this complicated case.

State v. K.F., January, 2019

Charges: 3rd Degree DWI - Gross Misdemeanor

Resolution: Plea to a 4th Degree DWI as a misdemeanor. The client blew in excess of twice the legal limit and got into a multi-vehicle accident. Under these facts, obtaining a truly favorable outcome is challenging. With the right defense strategy, the North Star team not only got a plea to a reduced count, but it also avoided any further time in custody and obtained a low fine for a deserving client. The client is thrilled to put this regrettable incident behind her and knows that she is in the best position possible going forward.

State v. J.S., December, 2018

Charges: 2nd- and 3rd-Degree DWIs, False Info to Police (gross misdemeanor), and misdemeanor driving after revocation.

Resolution: Stay of imposition to a gross misdemeanor 3rd Degree DWI. The State initially wanted a plea to either a 2nd degree or a 3rd Degree and False Info. The North Star team fought back. After narrowly losing a challenge on the stop, the Court agreed that the State could not charge the 2nd Degree DWI because the pending DWI had not been resolved. On the day of trial, the State not only agreed to just a 3rd Degree DWI - meaning the client wasn't also pleading to the False Info charge - but it also agreed to a stay of imposition. When all is said and done, the client will walk away with a misdemeanor DWI. A remarkable outcome considering the client had a pending misdemeanor DWI from only a few months before this case.

State v. Y.V., December, 2018

Charges: Misdemeanor Theft by Swindle

Resolution: Continuance for dismissal. The client was a sought-after man by Fleet Farm for allegedly switching UPC codes on products and returning items in order to profit off the exchanges. A complicated case that resulted in complicated police reports that simply did not connect all the dots for the State. Due to this and the client's good overall record, a continuance for dismissal was negotiated so that the client can take the guaranteed outcome and put this stress behind him.

State v. S.S., October, 2018

Charges: 5th Degree Assault - Misdemeanor

Resolution: DISMISSED. Client was facing charges stemming from a fight in which he was wrongfully identified as the perpetrator. Instead, he was the peacemaker in a fight involving multiple individuals. Thankfully, Mr. Gempeler and the team at North Star diligently reviewed the witness statements and discovered that the State had charged the wrong individual based on the description of the perpetrators. With a photo of the client from the night in question, Mr. Gempeler easily persuaded the State to dismiss the case without even needing to file a formal motion.

State v. J.B., October, 2018

Charges: Driving After Revocation - Misdemeanor

Resolution: Stay of Adjudication. The client had 8 prior convictions of similar charges - a huge amount that makes successful plea bargaining damn near impossible. But, this client was also different. He had all but completed the driver diversion program prior to this incident. Utilizing this and working with a prosecutor that understood the need to get individuals back and valid, an plea bargain was reached whereby the client can immediately seek reinstatement of his driving privileges, thereby ending the vicious cycle he had been on. An absolute must of a result that we achieved.

State v. E.M., October, 2018

Charges: Misdemeanor Theft - Shoplifting

Resolution: Continuance for dismissal. Despite the State's initial offer being a good offer, one that is common for most shoplifting cases, the North Star team still pushed, highlighting the client's good overall record, positive facts about the case, and her career ambitions for why a better result - the best possible result - was appropriate and needful. For a young mother, keeping her record clear was critical in order to best provide for her family in the future.

State v. J.P., October, 2018

Charges: 5th Degree Drug Sales and three counts of 5th Degree Drug Possession - All Felonies

Resolution: Stay of adjudication. 3 years probation, no jail, minimal fine, and simply the need to follow the recommendations of the CD assessment and submit to random UA's. Considering a rifle and significant cash was also found in the client's bedroom (i.e. in his possession), obtaining a stay of adjudication was not automatic. With the counseling of the North Star team to get a CD assessment, become sober, find full-time work, and get a fresh start on life, the client put himself in a position to earn this important outcome, which is ultimately a dismissal of the case in just a couple years when he's discharge from probation early.

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