State v. P.M., March, 2019
Charges: 4th Degree DWI - Misdemeanor
Resolution: Plea to a petty misdemeanor failing to maintain lane control. A petty misdemeanor is not a crime in Minnesota. Knowing the State had a weak case with a .078 reading (though, the State can always call an expert to show that the alcohol concentration at the time of driving was above .08), the North Star team pushed it to trial, while continually negotiating with the prosecutor. On the day of trial, with a great deal in hand, we pushed one last time and got an offer to nothing more than a simple traffic citation - a non-crime. This outcome avoids the risk of trial - and there is always risk - and obtains a non-crime, non-probationary outcome, while also avoiding any potential loss of license stemming from a potential trial loss. The client was thrilled to get such an incredible outcome, having already expressed a desire to not go to trial.