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Assault Case Results
To see just how successful our approach is, here are some representative results:
Charges: 2nd Degree Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (Felony); Threats of Violence (Felony); False Imprisonment (Felony); Domestic Assault (Misdemeanor)
Norgaard plea, received a stay of adjudication on the threats of violence charge, stay of imposition to an added count of interfering with an emergency call (gross misdemeanor), and a stay of imposition to the misdemeanor domestic assault charge. This negotiated outcome results in no felony conviction on his record and, instead, just misdemeanor convictions. For an individual facing three serious felony charges, including the second degree assault with a dangerous weapon that would've required a year in prison if convicted, this is a fantastic result. The top priorities for the client were avoiding a felony record and prison time. The North Star team engaged in extensive and creative negotiations over lengthy litigation, ultimately culminating in this deal on the doorstep to trial. Considering the allegations, a motivated victim, and challenging evidence to overcome, accomplishing the client's objectives seemed unlikely to begin, but eventually came to fruition with the strategy implemented.
Charges: 5th Degree Assault - Misdemeanor
Diversion - meaning no plea or conviction, and a dismissal of the entire case upon the client's successful completion of minimal terms of the diversion agreement. What makes this result even more incredible is that the State possessed security camera footage of the assault. And the video is not good, to say the least. Yet, despite the ugly footage and no defenses as a result, the North Star team leveraged the client's remorse, good overall record, and its own good relationships with the prosecutor to get them to trust our client and that he's a perfect candidate for diversion. Another fantastic result in the face of daunting circumstances.
Charges: 5th Degree Assault - Misdemeanor
Case dismissed. The client faced allegations on a classic he-said/he-said incident. But, there were very favorable facts that he was defending his dwelling against a potential burglary. The State, though, pursued these charges as if he attacked the individual, unprovoked. Unwilling to bend to always-improving offers, the North Star team ramped the case up for trial, filed pre-trial motions to litigate certain issues, and was ready to get the acquittal at trial. The State dismissed the case the week before trial. They know we mean business and were ready to get this just and right outcome, even if required facing the uncertainty of a trial. The client was thrilled, nearly shedding tears of joy and relief when we told him the news.
Charges: Indecent Exposure - Gross Misdemeanor (in presence of minors); two misdemeanor 5th degree assault charges; and a misdemeanor disorder conduct charge.
Stay of adjudication to the indecent exposure charge and a conviction to the disorderly conduct charge. With zero defenses available and rather awful facts, the North Star team still achieved this fantastic result, where the client avoid a criminal conviction record relating to either the sex crime charge or the assaults. A remorseful and proactive client followed our guidance and did what needed to be done to create the negotiating leverage to obtain this result. Another incredible result from a difficult set of circumstances, which is the norm for us!
Charges: Two domestic assault charges (misdemeanors); two assault charges (misdemeanors); and a misdemeanor disorderly conduct.
Case dismissed. The client had a viable self-defense claim and the allegations were nebulous, as well. We pushed for a trial, knowing the complainant had a history of false allegations and not further pursuing them in the criminal justice system. The North Star team successfully negotiated an almost no-lose proposition with the State. IF the witness reasserts herself, they would still offer a diversionary outcome, which would still mean no conviction. As the trial approached, the North Star team corresponded with the prosecutor about the case and he ultimately realized the right decision was to dismiss the case entirely. Another fantastic result by the North Star team.
Charges: Second Degree Assault - Felony
This juvenile matter involved multiple stabbings, including on the victim's spine--but the result will be a sponged record, no jail or similar confinement, a letter of apology, and a reacquired future. Endless creativity and hustle was required for this troubled client, but the team at North Star possess both traits in surplus.
Charges: Fourth Degree Assault on a Peace Officer, False Information - Felony
This client, who permitted her car to be driven by a murderous gangster, was looking at a felony life-changer, just as she brought her first baby into the world. Instead, she has some volunteer work to complete, no felony, and the capacity to remove the matter entirely, in less than a year's time. A thoughtful judge agreed with Mr. Adkins that the injuries received were less onerous than the average such attack, that the client could be trusted not to abuse or dismiss this win, and justice prevailed. Massive win.
Charges: Felony 2nd Degree Assault, Road Rage, Gun Possession
Client avoids a permanent felony, avoids substantial jail, moves off highly restrictive gun limitations--all of which is remarkable, given not one but two arrests or new legal challenges after arrest. North Star takes a comprehensive approach with every client, even those not ready to cease poor decisions... and we never, ever give up, not on our clients or on fundamental justice.
Charges: 5th Degree Assault - Misdemeanor
Acquitted at a jury trial. Client was alleged to have engaged in a rather violent road rage incident in Carver County. Even with an offer of a stay of adjudication - which would have resulted in a dismissal and eliminate the risk associated with trial - the client was consistent that he wanted his day in court to show that he did not engage in the type of violent assault the State was alleging. The State had three separate, independent witnesses that all alleged they saw our client viciously assault another driver. The driver, himself, said the same thing. Yet, Mr. Gempeler crafted a brilliant trial strategy and theme that carried the day. Armed with photographs that simply did not match the allegations, Mr. Gempeler attacked the case and the witnesses, impeached them all, and showed how their stories were incomplete and continued to change with the passage of time. Most notably, he had the primary witness - an off-duty Sergeant, former detective - throwing her hands up and asking the State's attorney whether she, the officer, could object to Mr. Gempeler's questioning. Needless to say, the cross examination was thorough and devastating to the State's case. As a result, the State's case lacked credibility, believability, and ultimately reasonably doubt existed. The jury returned a not guilty verdict in short order, proving again that we are Not Always Minnesota Nice when fighting for our clients.
Charges: 5th Degree Assault, Disorderly Conduct - Misdemeanors
Continuance for dismissal. Client was facing serious assault charges stemming from an incident involving his opposition to political protesters in his neighborhood. Admittedly, his response was far from ideal. But, he took proactive steps following it to address his anger and show that he was not a public safety risk. Despite the possibly underlying political statement issues associated with the case, the North Star team achieved this needed result, thereby affording the client to continue searching for new employment without the stain of an assault and/or disorderly conduct conviction on his record. The client is thrilled to have chosen the North Star team to fight on his behalf through this case and challenging time in his life.