Assault Case Results

To see just how successful our approach is, here are some representative results:

State v. A.B.

April, 2024
Charges: Felony Domestic Assault by Strangulation; Misdemeanor domestic assault

Plea to an amended count of fifth degree assault (non-domestic in name). What's more, the sentence included no time to serve, a minimal fine, and otherwise simple terms and conditions of probation for only one year. Considering the client's child witnessed the alleged strangulation, obtaining this non-felony, non-custody outcome is incredible. The client did everything asked of Mr. Gempeler following the incident - obtaining a chemical dependency assessment, achieved provable sobriety, and complied with his alcohol monitoring. The client's wife - the victim - remained supportive and helped explain the critical impact alcohol had in the overall situation. And after everything, the client is able to move forward with his life in the best position possible following such a regrettable mistake.

State v. R.E.G.

February, 2024
Charges: 5th Degree Assault - Misdemeanor

Stay of adjudication with minimal terms of probation above and beyond what the client is already doing. This was a rather non-descript case - an assault caused by severe impairment. The client did the right things after in getting an assessment and cutting out alcohol. Still, the County Attorney took the case much more serious, demanding a conviction and possible time to be served initially. Undeterred, Mr. Gempeler pushed back, even had the case set for trial, and continued pressing on the prosecutor to get the appropriate and just outcome. Finally, after these strategic efforts and dogged negotiations, the client got the right deal and is happy to be able to move forward without this drunken night further impacting him.

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

State v. B.S.

November, 2023
Charges: 4th Degree Assault Against Cops; Obstructing Legal Process - Gross Misdemeanors

Stay of adjudication. The client had retained other defense counsel, but switched to North Star after her former attorney demonstrated a lack of will and fight. Once North Star took over, we worked hard to humanize our client, explain the major consequences that could come from a conviction, and fought tooth and nail to get a new offer on the table that would permit us to argue for a stay of adjudication to the Court. The State did not agree and, in fact, argued for a stay of execution at sentencing. Despite this, Mr. Gempeler successfully convinced the Court to grant the stay of adjudication - over state objection, which rarely happens (and technically shouldn't by law) - and give the client the second chance she so deserves.

State v. B.G.

May, 2023
Charges: 3 counts each of: Attempted 2nd Degree Murder; 1st Degree Assault; 2nd Degree Assault with a Dangerous Weapon

Acquittal at trial on ALL nine counts. A vigorous case led to a trial that spilled in to a second week. The North Star team fought tooth and nail the entire case and prepared a strong self-defense and defense of others defense. While the video evidence supported these affirmative defenses, ultimately defending 13 bullets and two innocent minor bystanders getting hit is no easy task. But, Mr. Adkins and Mr. Gempeler were up to the task. After the case was submitted, the jury deliberated for only 3 hours (including the lunch hour) before returning Not Guilty verdicts on all nine counts. The client and his family got the justice he so rightfully deserved and they are thrilled they had the North Star team fighting for them when they needed it the most.

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

State v. A.P.

January, 2023
Charges: Two counts of misdemeanor domestic assault, two counts of misdemeanor assault, and one count of disorderly conduct

Stay of adjudication to one count of assault. Making this outcome even more remarkable is the fact that we avoided the requirement for domestic abuse programming that was recommended by probation in the pre-sentence investigation is usually imposed for any domestic assault case. The proactive steps - advised to be taken by the North Star team - proved to be the difference in both the negotiations and "sentencing." Now the client can keep his record conviction free thanks to this incredible result.

State v. N.M.B.

November, 2022
Charges: 5th Degree Assault and Disorderly Conduct - Misdemeanors

Dismissal. This case, concerning an assault allegation that could easily have been amended to a Domestic count (with the attendant significant collateral consequences, including gun-right loss), looked close to insoluble at first, but the team at North Star coordinated closely with the client and his wonderful family, convinced the State that the allegations were infirm, and before even the second trip to the courthouse, the State filed a Rule 30.01 notice, permanently dismissing the case. Family is most pleased, with cause.

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

State v. K.C.

November, 2022
Charges: 5th Degree Assault - Misdemeanor

Continuance for dismissal. Truly a remarkable outcome considering the allegations involved an adult client bumping into a child athlete after a sporting event. Making matters worse (from a defense perspective), is that surveillance video captured the incident. No defenses existed. The North Star team advised the client on proactive steps he could take, humanized the client and how the pending case was already impacting his career and future, and then sought this fantastic result via plea negotiations. Thankfully, everything came together as well as could possibly imagine and, frankly, better than that even.

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

State v. C.W-R.

January, 2022
Charges: 5th Degree Assault, Disorderly Conduct - Misdemeanors

Continuance for Dismissal. This matter involved multiple witnesses and video proof of a pretty clear meltdown, but careful negotiation and character evidence convinced a salty prosecutor to cut their losses and set the case for a 6-month diversion, and eventual dismissal (and since-expungement). Client is geeked, and a strong relationship with a local prosecutor gets stronger still.

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

State v. B.R.

December, 2021
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.

State v. A.Y.

December, 2021
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.

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