Misdemeanor

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

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. A.C.

January, 2024
Charges: Reckless Driving, Careless Driving, and Speeding

Stay of adjudication to the careless driving charge and the remaining two are dismissed. Client was alleged to be going 90 mph, weaving in and out of traffic, tailgating, etc. The video did not show the full scope of this driving conduct due to how far back the squad vehicle was. And the client explained he was trying to get home to a sick wife. Without any legal defense, the North Star team were able to negotiate an outcome that results in no conviction, which is fantastic and frankly a bit unexpected given the 90 mph alleged speed. Typically, the prosecutor would want at least the speeding ticket as a conviction, but we successfully avoided even that.

State v. S.N.

January, 2024
Charges: Careless Driving - Misdemeanor; Speeding in Excess of 100 mph - Petty Misdemeanor

Case dismissed on the day of the court trial. The client was alleged to have committed a serious traffic offense due to his excessive speed. At the pre-trial, the North Star team successfully negotiated with the prosecutor in convincing them that this was not a careless driving case simply due to the excessive speed. And despite all of the North Star team's efforts to negotiate prior to trial, the State was unrelenting in moving off of the excessive speed charge, which would result in a six-month revocation. Ready for trial, the North Star team pushed and the State had to dismiss the case due to witness problems.

State v. D.M.

December, 2023
Charges: Underage Drinking and Driving - Misdemeanor; Two traffic violations, including failing to move over for an emergency vehicle.

Dismissed. The client was alleged to have not moved over for a cop on a two-lane road (which is completely false) and then is alleged to have yelled something at the cop, prompting him to give chase. Once he was pulled over, the cop immediately arrested the client and then made up an allegation of possible impairment to justify the actions to that point. But the video showed the cop was wildly unjustified in his conduct and failed to get a warrant for the breath test - which is necessary for a mere underage drinking and driving charge. Long story short, the State dismissed the entire case prior to the contested hearing. Doing so shows just how egregious the cop's conduct was and why the fight by Mr. Gempeler and the North Star team was so critical for the client.

State v. T.R.

November, 2023
Charges: Disorderly Conduct - Misdemeanor

Plea to a petty misdemeanor sentence, which is a non-crime record. The client was alleged to yell a racial slur at a teenager in a high school parking lot. While he denied it, there was an additional, independent witness that corroborated the story. Add in some hostile alleged conduct and the State was pushing for a misdemeanor conviction and community work service. After fighting and leveraging a possible trial, the North Star team was able to negotiate a non-crime outcome for the client that wanted to avoid creating his first criminal conviction record.

Types of Charge(s): Misdemeanor

State v. D.G.

November, 2023
Charges: Misdemeanor small amount of marijuana in a motor vehicle and unlabeled prescription drugs.

Continuance for dismissal. This is the best possible plea negotiation absent an outright dismissal. And this was achieved because of the strategic and aggressive approach by Mr. Gempeler and the North Star team. Based upon a recent Supreme Court decision that held the odor of marijuana alone cannot justify a vehicle search, Mr. Gempeler pressed on the State to achieve this outcome. Instead of pushing the matter at a contested hearing where the Court could easily rule in favor of the State, the client took the guaranteed outcome - one in which a dismissal is earned by simply not having any same or similar incidents. Another fantastic result by the North Star team.

Types of Charge(s): Drug Crime Case Results, Misdemeanor

State v. S.W.

October, 2023
Charges: 4th Degree DWI - Misdemeanor

Plea to an amended count of Failing to Drive with Due Care. The client had no legal defenses and blew a .10. Achieving a non-DWI with these facts is great. But, the North Star team pushed for more and didn't just settle for a Careless Driving. Instead, we focused on the client and negotiated an even better deal that will position the client in a much better position for future schooling and her career. While the difference between a Careless Driving and Failing to Drive with Due Care may not seem like much, it is still better and every little bit helps our clients long-term. So we will do everything in our power to get the best possible deal, every time.

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

State v. K.B.

September, 2023
Charges: 4th Degree DWI - Misdemeanor

Dismissed. After carefully scrutinizing the discovery and, most importantly, the squad video, Mr. Gempeler detected that the Officer was clearly fishing for DWI's at a common happy hour destination and, as a result, the alleged basis for the stop was completely fabricated. Once this was brought to the State's attention, they reviewed it on their own and made the decision to dismiss the case - well in advance of the scheduled contested hearing. Such a result is atypical because, even in these type of instances, prosecutors will often just let the judge do the hard job of dismissing the case, rather than them doing the right thing. But Mr. Gempeler's advocacy and respect from his peers earned this outcome for a deserving client.

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

State v. B.P.

September, 2023
Charges: 4th Degree DWI - Misdemeanor

Plea to an amended count of Failing to Drive with Due Care. The client blew a .09, but he passed two of the three field sobriety tests, contrary to what the arresting officer reported. Without any other real defense, Mr. Gempeler leveraged the cops deceit in negotiations with the prosecutor - one who he has an excellent relationship with - and was able to achieve this incredible outcome. Typically, a great outcome for most other defense attorneys would be a careless driving, but the North Star team shoots for even better and can often get it done, like in this case.

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

State v. S.S.

September, 2023
Charges: Misdemeanor Disorderly Conduct

Case dismissed. Facing trumped up charges, Mr. Gempeler took an aggressive approach in demanding the matter be dismissed. The video evidence - though it could have multiple interpretations - presented the opportunity to be forceful and make the dismissal demand. Thankfully, a respectable prosecutor listened and made the correct decision in believing that our client was the actual victim and the cops got it wrong. The just and appropriate outcome was reached for a more than deserving client.

Types of Charge(s): Misdemeanor