Misdemeanor

Misdemeanor

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

State v. N.R.

July, 2021
Charges: 4th Degree DWI - Misdemeanor

Plea to an amended count of Careless Driving. While this is a common outcome for a first-time DWI, it is NOT common for cases involving a .14 BrAC, which is what this client blew at the station. Almost always, anything above a .10 or .11 (if the prosecutor is being particularly generous) leads to a plea to a misdemeanor DWI. But, the North Star team is never deterred by this unwritten rules of the practice and always willing to give it our best effort to get the atypical outcome. And, here, with our fight and strategy, we achieved this truly amazing outcome and the client is beyond thrilled, knowing the long odds in getting it.

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

State v. H.H.

July, 2021
Charges: Misdemeanor trespass

Continuance for dismissal. The client is a young professional who was caught breaking into a refinery site with her boyfriend trying to steal expensive machinery parts, tools, etc. Despite this being a more serious trespass case and what they were likely trying to accomplish, the North Star team achieved this incredible result to keep her record clean of this offense. After complying with minimal terms of probation for one year, this entire case will result in a dismissal - without any acknowledgement from the client of wrongdoing.

Types of Charge(s): Misdemeanor

State v. J.A.

July, 2021
Charges: Two domestic assault charges (misdemeanors); two assault charges (misdemeanors); and a misdemeanor disorderly conduct.

Case dismissed. The client had a viable self-defense claim and the allegations were nebulous, as well. We pushed for a trial, knowing the complainant had a history of false allegations and not further pursuing them in the criminal justice system. The North Star team successfully negotiated an almost no-lose proposition with the State. IF the witness reasserts herself, they would still offer a diversionary outcome, which would still mean no conviction. As the trial approached, the North Star team corresponded with the prosecutor about the case and he ultimately realized the right decision was to dismiss the case entirely. Another fantastic result by the North Star team.

State v. E.V.

May, 2021
Charges: 4th Degree DWI - Misdemeanors

Stay of adjudication to one DWI count. This outcome means the client will never be convicted and the case will be dismissed after she successfully abides by minimal terms of probation for one-year. A dismissal of a DWI count via plea negotiations is an incredibly rare outcome - but, as you can see in our case results, we've had our fair share of them. In this case, the North Star team dug deep into the personnel record of the arresting officer to discover a troubling history in administering the field sobriety tests. And in the case involving our client, there were outright and provable lies and oversights, too. The combination meant that the officer would have suffered from serious credibility issues during any testimony. The North Star team then leveraged all of this to get this incredible outcome for a deserving client. She is thrilled with the extra effort and diligence that we provided and in getting a dismissal of her DWI.

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

State v. J.R.

May, 2021
Charges: Interfering with a 911 Call - Gross Misdemeanor; two domestic assault charges - misdemeanors; and a misdemeanor disorderly conduct

Stay of adjudication to the lowest count, disorderly conduct, with minimal terms and requirements while on one-year probation. For someone facing a gross misdemeanor interference with a 911 call and having admitted to many of the allegations, this is an incredible result. Despite these challenging facts, the North Star team leaned on its great relationship with the prosecutor and persuaded her that this was the just and right outcome for the case. The client could not be happier he chose North Star Criminal Defense to fight for him and to get this result.

State v. J.M.

April, 2021
Charges: Traffic Ticket - Unsafe Change of Course - Misdemeanor

Continuance for dismissal. This is not a unique outcome for typical traffic tickets. But, that's not the case when they involve an accident. Almost always, prosecutors want a conviction or, at a minimum, a plea of guilty, even if that plea ultimately is vacated. But, here, the North Star team utilized a patient and diligent approach to obtain an outcome in which there will never be a conviction or an admission of any wrongdoing. And the client will be able to maintain a perfect record in doing so. Outside of an outright dismissal - which would never happen here - this is the best possible outcome and one the client could not be happier with.

State v. L.B.

April, 2021
Charges: Hunting Within City Limits Without a Permit - Misdemeanor

Continuance for dismissal. The client was bow-hunting on a friend's property, something that his friend had been doing for years. Unfortunately, they did not have a city permit to do so within the city limits. With zero defense available to this charge, the North Star team was still able to achieve this incredible outcome, one that results in a complete dismissal after a year of probation with minimal terms. The client is pleased to avoid creating a criminal record from this unique and, frankly, non-criminal behavior.

Types of Charge(s): Misdemeanor

State v. B.F.

March, 2021
Charges: Disorderly Conduct - Misdemeanor; Unattended Baggage - Misdemeanor

Continuance for dismissal. Client is a pilot who is alleged to have accidentally left his federally-licensed firearm case at the terminal gate before boarding his flight. While clearly an accident and the case was secured properly with locks, the airport commission takes these matter seriously due to the obvious risk of an unattended weapon in the airport. The North Star team crafted a creative legal argument about the airport ordinance language, thereby putting some pressure on the prosecutor to make this incredibly favorable deal. Now, the client will have the case dismissed entirely a year later after completing minimal terms. This outcome will also put him in a much better position for his career and ability to continue to carry as a pilot.

Types of Charge(s): Misdemeanor

State v. N.J.

December, 2020
Charges: 5th Degree Drug Possession (Felony); 3rd Degree DWI (Gross Misdemeanor); and 4th Degree DWI (Misdemeanor)

Plea to the 4th Degree DWI and no jail sanction. On top of that fantastic outcome, the State agreed to dismiss the original case entirely, agreed to an expungement of it, and then recharged a new case for just the DWI. This outcome was critical to the client because he did not want even the drug charge record to exist - even though it was going to be dismissed as part of the plea deal. Armed with a strong defense, the County Attorney relented after much negotiation to take this unusual path to a plea deal. Now, after the expungement is granted, the client's record will remain clear of any drug record and he'll only be left with a plea to a misdemeanor DWI as a standard first-time DWI. This is truly a fantastic result, but also a very creative one, once again showing how the North Star team fights for its clients and pursues the just and sometimes creative results for our clients.

State v. A.L.

December, 2020
Charges: Bypassing Security Screening Area - Misdemeanor

Continuance for dismissal. Client was here on a student visa and any admission to the facts, let alone a conviction, carried possible immigration consequences. The North Star team took this on a pro bono basis. And the initial offer was for a plea to a petty misdemeanor crime. With savvy negotiations - and no leverage to speak of - the North Star team achieved this necessary result for a young woman with a bright future.

Types of Charge(s): Misdemeanor

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