Misdemeanor

Misdemeanor

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

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

State v. M.V.

November, 2020
Charges: 5th Degree Assault - Misdemeanor

Acquitted at a jury trial. Client was alleged to have engaged in a rather violent road rage incident in Carver County. Even with an offer of a stay of adjudication - which would have resulted in a dismissal and eliminate the risk associated with trial - the client was consistent that he wanted his day in court to show that he did not engage in the type of violent assault the State was alleging. The State had three separate, independent witnesses that all alleged they saw our client viciously assault another driver. The driver, himself, said the same thing. Yet, Mr. Gempeler crafted a brilliant trial strategy and theme that carried the day. Armed with photographs that simply did not match the allegations, Mr. Gempeler attacked the case and the witnesses, impeached them all, and showed how their stories were incomplete and continued to change with the passage of time. Most notably, he had the primary witness - an off-duty Sergeant, former detective - throwing her hands up and asking the State's attorney whether she, the officer, could object to Mr. Gempeler's questioning. Needless to say, the cross examination was thorough and devastating to the State's case. As a result, the State's case lacked credibility, believability, and ultimately reasonably doubt existed. The jury returned a not guilty verdict in short order, proving again that we are Not Always Minnesota Nice when fighting for our clients.

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

State v. J.B.

November, 2020
Charges: 5th Degree Assault, Disorderly Conduct - Misdemeanors

Continuance for dismissal. Client was facing serious assault charges stemming from an incident involving his opposition to political protesters in his neighborhood. Admittedly, his response was far from ideal. But, he took proactive steps following it to address his anger and show that he was not a public safety risk. Despite the possibly underlying political statement issues associated with the case, the North Star team achieved this needed result, thereby affording the client to continue searching for new employment without the stain of an assault and/or disorderly conduct conviction on his record. The client is thrilled to have chosen the North Star team to fight on his behalf through this case and challenging time in his life.

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

State v. M.L.

November, 2020
Charges: Disorderly Conduct - Misdemeanor

Continuance for dismissal. Client was adamant that the charges were bogus. Yet, the expected testimony and other evidence most certainly presented a challenge with an upcoming trial. The North Star team was undeterred and scheduled the matter for trial. On the eve of it, the State reached out with an updated offer that was too good to refuse - six-months probation (compared to the standard 1-year), minimal fine, and only no same or similar conduct. Considering we asked for this exact outcome numerous times and turned down a stay of adjudication to take this to trial, it was huge to obtain this, without the trial risk, when the client could have had job consequences with a guilty verdict at trial. So, it was a no-brainer to finally take the deal when offered. Another fantastic result due to the hard work and strategic approach by the North Star team.

Types of Charge(s): Misdemeanor

State v. K.S.

November, 2020
Charges: Indecent Exposure - Misdemeanor

Dismissed. The client was alleged to have engaged in lewd conduct in a public park. But the facts simply did not support the statutory framework of the charge. The North Star team utilized a smart and tactful approach. And the City Attorney, to her credit, made the right decision to dismiss this case due to insufficient evidence to support it. On top of that, the North Star team sought and achieved an expungement via prosecutor agreement to seal the record of this unjust charge, thereby ensuring that even the charge itself will not impact the client's future. We go that extra mile on behalf of our clients.

Types of Charge(s): Misdemeanor, Sex Crimes

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