Case Results

State v. D.Z.

April, 2020
Charges: Multiple traffic matters - misdemeanors

Stay of Adjudication, notwithstanding extensive prohibitive conviction history. Dan and his client took advantage of positive turns from the bench and from a formerly very-displeased prosecutor, and resolved a sticky case with no formal conviction and easy terms of conditional release. Client anticipates this jump-off helping to put him back to rights on his driving privileges, as well as other life challenges. Very positive development, this.

Types of Charge(s): Moving Violations

State v. Confidential

April, 2020
Charges: 4th Degree DWI - Expungement

Expungement granted for misdemeanor DWI. Typically, expunging DWI's have proven to be the most difficult non-felony records to get expunged. And that is especially true for those offenses that are within the 10-year look-back period for possible enhancement. Despite these obstacles, the North Star team successfully expunged a 4-year-old DWI record - and did so during the COVID-19 pandemic. North Star's proven approach with expungements - which includes a process unmatched by other firms - leads to these incredible results for deserving clients.

Types of Charge(s): Expungements

State v. N.B.

April, 2020
Charges: 3rd Degree DWI - Gross Misdemeanor

Plea to a single gross misdemeanor DWI. Sometimes, the facts simply don't permit a plea to a less serious offense. When the client registers a .20 and has driving conduct that imperiled others on the road, the only fair outcome is to plead as charged. Without any legitimate defense and a client that did not want to go to trial, the North Star team refocused their negotiations on limiting the impact from the criminal sentence. The first round of negotiations left an offer that includes 8 days as a jail alternative and a lengthy probationary period. Through our zealous advocacy, the client will have no time to serve - either in custody or via community work service - a reasonable fine, and, most importantly, probation to the court for fewer years than initially offered. The end game is one where the client has no affirmative obligations while on probation to the court (which saves her money). So, even when facing long odds, the North Star team was still able to negotiate a very favorable outcome.

Types of Charge(s): DWI Case Results

State v. Confidential

April, 2020
Charges: Fraudulent Insurance Representations, Theft - Multiple Felony Counts

Reduction of counts to Gross Misdemeanor or below. This case, actually a set of cases, initially exposed our client to not only a felony conviction, but the loss immediately of a lifelong avocation, for which he had expended decades of effort and countless dollars in training and equipment. After extensive negotiations and aggressive reparative efforts by Dan and the North Star team, the client will not only have the chance to seek a gross misdemeanor from his misconduct, but has written agreement from the prosecutor that the cases will be amended to that outcome--erasing the risk that a judge would disagree with Dan's request. Client is giddy--s/he gets to keep working, and keep climbing, in an incredibly competitive environment.

State v. D.B.

March, 2020
Charges: Multiple felony domestic abuse no contact violations

No further jail, probation only. This client, facing an armful of complaints alleging improper contact with ex-partners, was looking at a long stint in prison, for even one contested conviction. Instead, he has a single concurrent term of probation, with exceptionally workable terms, and has been released to complete in-patient treatment and begin an aggressive aftercare program to both secure and protect his sobriety and to forestall any similar missteps with law enforcement in the future. Client has already signed a contract in his chosen field, and looks to be moving remarkably forward from his challenges. North Star lawyers work closely (when possible) with thoughtful prosecutors and creative probation advisers to reach the best possible outcomes, with the least amount of risk and fear of judicial mistakes.

State v. G.D.

March, 2020
Charges: Complex Traffic Matters - Misdemeanors

Continuance for a dismissal, over initial State's objection. Client was stopped for pretty radical driving misconduct, and narcotics are located in the vehicle, but due to some misstatements of law by the arresting officers, most of the evidence against our client was suppressed, and agreement was reached to dismiss the matter after six months, and unsupervised conditions. Client, who is a professional, is overjoyed.

State v. J.A.

March, 2020
Charges: 4th Degree DWI - Misdemeanor

Plea to an amended count of failing to drive with due care as a misdemeanor. The sentence included no time to serve, minimal community service, and probation to the court - which means he is not being monitored and only needs to remain law abiding for the next year. The client lived out of state and never had to show up for court, too, which was an added bonus. The North Star team leveraged some unique legal issues with a smart, but stubborn prosecutor, to eventually land this incredible plea deal that the client could not pass up. For a business man, it was exactly what he needed to ensure he can stay on track with his life.

Types of Charge(s): DWI Case Results

State v. Confidential

March, 2020
Charges: Pre-Charge - Potential federal or state drug charges

Client was allegedly involved in a drug trafficking ring across state lines with her significant other. She wisely retained the North Star team after a search was executed as his residence. Through several communications with the investigator and reaching out to the U.S. Attorney's office, the client successfully avoided even being charged.

Types of Charge(s): Pre-Charge Case Results

State v. C.S.

March, 2020
Charges: 4th Degree DWI - Misdemeanor

Plea to an amended count of Careless Driving. This is a remarkable outcome considering: (1) the client blew a .14 and (2) we had no meaningful defense to the charges. The stop was good. The investigation was done correctly. Ample evidence to support probable cause. Yet, the North Star team was undeterred. Counseling the client on the proactive steps and information we needed to make a strong pitch in negotiations, the team set out to get this incredible result. Thankfully, a good relationship with the prosecutor also aided in our efforts. The client was beyond thrilled to avoid a DWI conviction on what she assumed was a lost cause. THIS is a prime example as to why you get the North Star team on your side.

Types of Charge(s): DWI Case Results

State v. C.T.

February, 2020
Charges: 4th Degree Assault involving an officer - Felony; 5th Degree assault - Misdemeanor

Plea to the 5th Degree Assault as a misdemeanor and the felony assault of an officer is dismissed. Client was charged with the felony for spitting on an officer during an anger outburst directed at officers, which included plentiful foul language and culminated in the spitting episode. Despite an ugly scene caught on body camera, the client was able to plead guilty to a misdemeanor assault that involved him wrestling with his roommate and the ENTIRETY of his misconduct with the officer was dismissed. He has no jail to serve and his probation is simple. The client was proactive throughout the duration of the case. But, even then, avoiding this serious felony and any factual basis involving the cop, is damn near a miracle. The client is ecstatic because it puts him back on track with his career, for which he had just finished schooling prior to sentencing.

Types of Charge(s): Assault Case Results, Felonies

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