Drug Crime Case Results

Drug Crime Case Results

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

U.S. v. Confidential

October, 2016
Charges: Federal drug trafficking charges

After more than two years of negotiations, motion practice, court appearances, and arguments, an Assistant United States Attorney for a neighboring State moved to dismiss an indictment that called for many years of federal incarceration pursuant to the Federal Sentencing Guidelines. Among other amazing effects from this decision, the client got his passport back by next-day air, returned to his business without interruption, attends plays with his kids, moves on with life, and is the biggest fan North Star Criminal Defense has ever had. It doesn't matter where you face challenges, or for what--North Star has the connectivity and the creativeness and the sheer stamina to put your situation to rights. No fight is too big, or too small, no government is too powerful, no opponent too imposing.

Types of Charge(s): Drug Crime Case Results

State of Wisconsin v. J.B.

October, 2016
Charges: Felony drug charges

Stay of adjudication. In yet another extra-state matter handled by North Star, a client facing a life-altering conviction for drug distribution will avoid any serious implications for a two-year term of stayed adjudication, and the judge himself crafted a creative exit if that term is completed successfully--the matter will be returned to court, dismissed formally and expunged, notwithstanding far stricter rules on that remedy in Wisconsin. The client was visually amazed, and physically triumphant, at the outcome, and has been given a new lease on life--quite literally.

Types of Charge(s): Drug Crime Case Results

State v. P.P.

October, 2016
Charges: Felony Drug Charges

Stay of imposition, Misdemeanor 4th Degree Drug Sale. The client was facing three separate counts of drug sale and possession offenses that ranged from 5th degree possession to 2nd degree sale. Due a prior drug conviction, the client was facing a three-year mandatory prison commitment. Based upon the client's extensive rehabilitative efforts and negotiations by North Star, the client will receive a misdemeanor conviction upon completion of three-years probation, which includes a year in jail - not prison - where the client has work-release privileges so he can keep his life on track. While the year in jail is tough to swallow, the client avoids the lengthy prison term, can keep progressing with his rehabilitation efforts, and will only have a misdemeanor conviction on his record. In a county that is notably tough when it comes to drug sentencing, this was a great result.

Types of Charge(s): Drug Crime Case Results

State v. C.D.A.

August, 2016
Charges: 1st Degree Felony Drug Crime

A guideline sentence projected into the 180-month range will be concluded in less than a year in state prison, for this fortunate young man. A client with an extensive criminal history, for a variety of complex offenses, was able to negotiate (after ample proof of treatment-readiness and a commitment to sobriety) a Challenge-Incarceration-Program-eligible (call for an explanation of this program for clients with a long history of convictions) sentence of less than forty months. God willing and the trains on time, that client will be back in his family's arms in less than eight months; this, notwithstanding facing a true term of more than ten years for the (amply proven) alleged misconduct. No client is a lost cause, no case is too difficult, no circumstances are too damning for the lawyers at North Star.

Types of Charge(s): Drug Crime Case Results

State v. L.J.

May, 2016
Charges: 5th Degree Possession Record

Expungement granted from the bench. Client obtained a statutory stay of adjudication - pursuant to Minn. Stat. 152.18 - of a felony drug possession charge. The client was an RN that obtained drugs from her place of employment. Due to the thorough petition and arguments at the hearing, the judge made the rare decision to grant the expungement from the bench.

Types of Charge(s): Drug Crime Case Results

State v. P.P.

January, 2016
Charges: 5th Degree Drugs Possession - Felony

Case dismissed. Mr. Gempeler successfully raised the immunity defense during pre-trial negotiations. The client was only discovered due to a possible overdose. A new statute grants immunity to those that need immediate medical assistance. Through careful research and investigation, Mr. Gempeler had this defense ready for a contested hearing, prior to the County dismissing the case entirely.

Types of Charge(s): Drug Crime Case Results

State v. M.J.

December, 2015
Charges: 3rd Degree DWI, Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance; 3rd Degree DWI, Under the Influence of a combination of Alcohol and a Controlled Substance; and 3rd Degree DWI, Under the Influence of a Schedule II Controlled Substance

Dismissed. This fantastic result was obtained due to the development of a personalized legal strategy that pushed the right legal defenses that were leveraged during negotiations with the prosecutor. The client's breath alcohol concentration came back at .056, yet the officer still demanded a blood test to determine the presence of a narcotic in his system. But, the client had a valid prescription for the narcotic, which was an affirmative defense raised via motion. The failure of the officer to do any further testing - such as a drug recognition evaluation - proved costly as the State was left with no evidence that the client was under the influence of the narcotic. This is a terrific result for a great client/veteran.

State of Minnesota v. Todd Longsdorf, K3-00-414

July, 2015
Charges: Narcotics Sale in the First Degree

Police armed with a proper search warrant who turn a trailer almost completely inside out could not justify a further search of Dan’s client, including tearing his jacket apart, when they mishandled the manner of the search; a trial court finding that the search was excessive and insupportable was affirmed on appeal, and the client avoided a potential 100-month+ prison commitment. Yet another example of a case aggressively argued from bail hearing through early appearances and in a contested evidentiary hearing including a jury trial (if necessary) and most importantly artfully argued before the Court of Appeals. This represents one of Dan’s favorite cases to date, where the wins just kept coming, due in large part to a client dedicated to the best outcomes and to cautious, thoughtful conduct during the litigation process. Sobriety, law-abiding conduct, and timely assistance to your legal team mean the world, and helped immeasurably to make this outcome possible. Be the result you seek, is a great epigram for this case.

Types of Charge(s): Drug Crime Case Results

State v. F.H.

July, 2015
Charges: Total of 12 files, 9 of which contained felony counts, including Assault, First Degree Drug Sales, and Kidnapping.

Client avoided designation as a Career Felony Offender, and thereby avoided a prison term of at least twenty years; he will serve only 2-6 months additional incarceration over the term he was already serving for a prior Kidnapping conviction (in that matter, the client avoided a possible Attempted First Degree Homicide prosecution, and received less than 20% of the time he would normally have had to serve). Multiple complex negotiations were required, and artful work with a particularly talented and well-regarded prosecutor. The client will be home to give his children back a father in less than 18 months, armed with a new lease on life.

Drug Crime Case Results

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