DWI Case Results

DWI Case Results

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

State v. M.E.

November, 2019
Charges: 4th Degree DWI's and Careless Driving - Misdemeanors

Stay of Adjudication to one count of a misdemeanor DWI. The client received this remarkable outcome after the North Star team was able to demonstrate to the prosecutor how a plea would critically impact her professional and personal life. The client would've lost her job, even with a Careless Driving, and been prevented from traveling to Canada to see her significant other. Proactive steps demonstrated that she was not a public safety risk. The case dragged on for close to a year. But the length allowed the prosecutor to see that the client was taking this seriously. In the end, this unheard of outcome - at least to defendants not represented by North Star Criminal Defense (because we've gotten this outcome before even!) - was obtained for a deserving client.

Types of Charge(s): DWI Case Results

State v. T.U.

September, 2019
Charges: 4th Degree DWI - Misdemeanor

Plea to an amended count of Careless Driving. This was a fantastic result considering the client blew a .12 and we didn't have any defense. Undeterred, Mr. Gempeler counseled the client on what information he needed to make a persuasive plea negotiation that the prosecutor bought and agreed to such a rare outcome.

Types of Charge(s): DWI Case Results

State v. J.Y.

August, 2019
Charges: 4th Degree DWI - Misdemeanor

Plea to a careless driving misdemeanor offense. The client was a first-time offender with a high .11 reading (i.e. the average between his two tests were above .12). Plus, the client was underage. Despite this, the North Star team knew it could achieve a non-DWI with the right approach. The St. Paul city attorney balked at first, noting that they usually don't offer Careless Driving's to such a high reading. But, after further negotiations, the City agreed to make this incredible offer. For a young man that is working hard at building a bright career, getting a non-DWI outcome was absolutely necessary. He is pleased he had the North Star team to get it done for him.

Types of Charge(s): DWI Case Results

State v. A.B.

July, 2019
Charges: 3rd Degree DWI - Gross Misdemeanor

Stay of Imposition. Client blew a .19 and got into an accident. She admitted to being drunk when stopped by police. By all accounts, the client had no legal defenses. Yet, with a strong plan of attack, the North Star team achieved this rare outcome on her behalf - OVER the State's objection. In a local city that is known for being tough on clients with high readings, Mr. Gempeler made a compelling argument at sentencing to give the client the chance to earn a misdemeanor disposition after probation. She is very ecstatic that she will be in the best position possible moving forward after the North Star team stepped in.

Types of Charge(s): DWI Case Results

State v. N.A.

June, 2019
Charges: 4th Degree DWI - Misdemeanor

Stay of Adjudication - which means the case will be dismissed, without a conviction, after a brief probationary period. This is such an incredibly rare outcome. And, on top of the outcome itself, the terms and conditions of probation are exactly in line with a standard first-time offense - i.e. the client does not have to do anything above and beyond to get this incredible outcome. Instead, due to shrewd negotiating, leveraging a pre-trial motion, a terrific relationship with the prosecutor, and, frankly, some luck, the client was able to keep a perfect record, thereby saving his career. Only North Star achieves these type of outcomes with any consistency.

Types of Charge(s): DWI Case Results

State v. D.F.

May, 2019
Charges: 4th Degree DWI - Misdemeanor

Plea to an amended count of Failing to Drive with Due Care. This was an older client's first offense of any kind and his BrAC was just over the legal limit. By getting better than a Careless Driving outcome - which is always the initial offer (and one most defense attorneys grab quickly) - the client was able to avoid possible job consequences and even loss of opportunities to serve on community Boards. Not only that, the client never had to show in court, which was important considering he lived on the west coast. All in all, a fantastic outcome and further proof of why North Star works so hard to go above and beyond for their clients.

Types of Charge(s): DWI Case Results

State v. B.D.

May, 2019
Charges: 4th Degree DWI - Misdemeanor

Plea to a misdemeanor SPEEDING ticket. The sentence only called for a standard two days of community work service, a minimal fine, and he is on unsupervised probation. Getting this incredible result - out of Minneapolis, no less - was imperative for a client that conducts significant business in Canada. Now, with this outcome, the client's job is no longer in jeopardy.

Types of Charge(s): DWI Case Results

State v. F.G.

May, 2019
Charges: 4th Degree DWI - Misdemeanor

Plea to an amended count of Careless Driving. The sentence called for no jail time, minimal fine, and a year of probation with only the bare minimum terms of probation for a DWI-related offense. This is a fantastic result, considering the fact that the client had a prior DWI just outside of ten years. Usually, with a prior DWI, prosecutors are not want to give the benefit of the doubt to the Defendant and offer a non-DWI type disposition. But, here, thanks to the strategy and relationships built by North Star, the client got a much-needed second (actually, third) chance.

Types of Charge(s): DWI Case Results

State v. M.K.

April, 2019
Charges: 4th Degree DWI - Misdemeanor

Plea to an amended count of failing to drive with due care. This was an absolutely needed outcome for a client that does a lot of business in Canada. At a .12 breath alcohol level, though, getting anything other than a DWI, let alone an outcome better than a Careless Driving, is virtually unheard of. Undeterred by these prospects, Mr. Gempeler got to work to create the best possible plea negotiation strategy, which is all that was left without any legal defense. With the assistance of an incredible and long relationship with the prosecutor - who admittedly trusts this firm, completely - this ridiculously rare outcome was achieved. As a result, the client's business and work in Canada is saved and the single mistake will not have to hurt him going forward. These are the type of results that make us so unique and successful.

Types of Charge(s): DWI Case Results

State v. C.R.

March, 2019
Charges: 3rd Degree DWI - Gross Misdemeanor

Plea to a 4th Degree DWI - Misdemeanor. With no legal defenses available, the client was able to cut his losses, avoid a gross misdemeanor, had no further jail to serve, and the fine was minimal. An exactly identical case was called before it, and the defendant - with a different private counsel - was ordered to complete two full days of community service. Not for our client. We always maximize any plea deal to ensure that our clients get the best possible outcome for any case.

Types of Charge(s): DWI Case Results
DWI Case Results

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