Careless / Reckless Driving

Careless / Reckless Driving

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

State v. M.O.

August, 2020
Charges: Careless Driving - Misdemeanor

Plea to charge as a petty misdemeanor. The client engaged in driving conduct that undoubtedly fit the bill for a Careless Driving charge - even if some attenuating circumstances existed. Compounding the driving conduct was the fact that the client had a commercial drivers license. By law, prosecutors are unable to negotiate off a traffic violation when dealing with a commercial driver. Still, the North Star team successfully negotiated the plea deal to a petty misdemeanor offense, which is a non-crime in Minnesota. Avoiding a true criminal record was crucial to the client. In doing so, he avoided any employment consequence and the North Star team assured him that the record would not lead to a loss of his commercial driving privileges. Given everything, this was a great result for a deserving client.

State v. H.T.

May, 2020
Charges: Reckless Driving - Misdemeanor

Stay of Adjudication. Client is a young man that was concerned that a conviction to the offense could lead to a job consequence. Despite no real defense, the North Star team advised the client on some proactive steps that he could take to improve our negotiating leverage. And it worked! The prosecutor appreciated the steps taken and knowing that the client learned his lesson from his poor decision-making. The result is this incredible outcome, one that gives the client the opportunity to avoid any conviction and maintain his employment without concern.

State v. A.B.

May, 2020
Charges: Careless Driving - Misdemeanor

Plea to an amended count of Failing to Drive with Due Care as a petty misdemeanor. The client's driving conduct certainly warranted the charge - erratic driving that led her to striking numerous vehicles when she was unsuccessfully navigating an alley and narrow road. The blood test did not find anything in her system, though the driving conduct certainly pointed to something that should have been discovered. Nonetheless, with no legal defense, the North Star team successfully negotiated this great outcome for a young client who has a bright future. With this outcome, she avoids a careless driving conviction that could lead to the termination of her insurance and increased premiums, and, most importantly, does not result in a criminal conviction. A petty misdemeanor is not considered a crime under Minnesota law. The client, therefore, maintains her perfect record and is back on track for her future.

State v. C.W.

February, 2020
Charges: Obstruction of Legal Process and Reckless Driving - both misdemeanors

Plea to an amended count of speeding as a petty misdemeanor. The client was wrongfully charged with obstructing legal process and reckless driving. The obstruction charge is a very serious offense, but it was based simply on the officer believing my client was lying to him. Even if true, lying to an officer during the course of an investigation is not a crime. On top of that, the record was completely void of true evidence to support the reckless driving charge. Once retained, the North Star team set out on a course of aggressive litigation against both charges. Realizing the case was weak, the State offered the only type of charge that the facts supported. The client accepted, knowing the value of the guaranteed result - a petty misdemeanor speeding ticket - which would not lead to any job consequences. He was thrilled with the result, to say the least.

State v. S.F.

January, 2019
Charges: Reckless Driving (Misdemeanor), Unlawful Passing (Petty), and Speeding (Petty)

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. A.D.

January, 2016
Charges: Reckless Driving

Stay of adjudication for only 6 months. Client was caught on video doing figure-eights in a commercial parking lot. While the driving was rather impressive, it was also reckless, as defined in the statute. This great plea negotiation permitted the client to maintain a perfect record and ensured he would not face job consequences, which he would have had he been convicted of this crime. As a result, the client was thrilled with such a great result.

Types of Charge(s): Careless / Reckless Driving

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