Misdemeanor

Misdemeanor

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

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. M.I.

October, 2020

Plea to careless driving as a misdemeanor. Client blew a .11 on a first-time DWI and had no legal defense. On top of that, the client had a wonderful job promotion opportunity to work for her company in Canada. A DWI would have prevented that from happening. Thankfully, the North Star team was able to secure a plea to an amended count of Careless Driving, which included no admission to facts relating to alcohol-use -- a must in order for the client to be able to enter Canada. Further, the sentence called for no community service, a minimal fine, and unsupervised probation. All in all, another great case result that saves the client and allows her to proceed with her future unscathed by this offense.

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

State v. W.G.

October, 2020
Charges: School Bus-Arm Stop Violation - Misdemeanor

Stay of Adjudication. The evidence - mainly the video - was clear in showing that the client continued driving by a school bus after it had extended the stop arm. Yet, with no real defense, the North Star team used their positive relationship with the local prosecutor and was able to successfully talk up the client's driving record, that he learned his lesson, and that he'll earn the dismissal with good driving conduct. The result achieved avoids a criminal record out of this traffic incident - exactly what the Client sought from North Star's counsel.

State v. T.E.

August, 2020
Charges: 5th Degree Assault - Misdemeanor

Continuance for Dismissal. Client had no defense. She allegedly assaulted a fellow wedding-goer for no reason, except for a possible mental health breakdown. The client took immediate proactive steps following the incident, specifically directed at figuring out what caused the incident. After completing the same and demonstrating that this truly was a one-night, random incident that will not happen again, the client earned this fantastic result, which preserved her clean record. She is thrilled that she got the North Star team to properly advocate for her - and use our great relationships with the prosecutors, who knew they could trust us and, therefore, our client.

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

State v. L.Y.

July, 2020
Charges: Domestic Assault, Disorderly Conduct - Misdemeanors

Continuance for Dismissal. This matter, concerning a new mom and her partner navigating allegations of battery and threats, could have been catastrophic. Instead, after careful and creative negotiations, the matter has been continued for dismissal. After the payment of mild prosecution costs... and no other sanction, our wonderful client can continue with an amazing life; she won't face 1. crushing impacts on her employability, or 2. impossibility of an apartment lease or a home mortgage, or 3. the permanent loss of her right to possess or carry a firearm, in a case that was looking like a necessary (and complicated, in light of ample photographic and other evidence of the assault) jury trial. Indeed, Mr. Adkins obtained this agreement from perhaps the most conservative prosecutor in the county, perhaps in the state, due to kickass negotiating talent.

State v. M.K.

June, 2020
Charges: Obstructing Legal Process - Gross Misdemeanor; Fleeing on Foot, Underage Consumption, Fake ID, and Public Urination - Misdemeanors

Stay of Adjudication to the Fleeing on Foot charge and a petty misdemeanor conviction for the underage consumption charge. The remaining charges were dismissed. With a stay of adjudication, the client is never convicted of the offense, so long as he abides by manageable terms of probation for one-year. And after he does this, he will walk away from this case without a single criminal conviction on his record since the petty misdemeanor conviction is not a crime under Minnesota law. For a college student who was doing well and has a bright future, avoiding a long-lasting criminal conviction record was necessary. Thankfully, he heeded North Star's advice to take proactive steps that convinced the prosecutor that he was a good kid, who just made some poor decisions one night. Another fantastic result for our client.

State v. D.F.

June, 2020
Charges: Security of Access Points Violation (Metropolitan Airports Commission Ordinance) - Misdemeanor

Stay of Adjudication. Client worked at the MSP-Airport for TSA and was assigned to guard a hallway access point that separated the public side from the secure side of the airport. Unfortunately, a person was able to gain access to the secure side when he was looking for something away from the area. As you can imagine, the MAC prosecutor takes these ordinance violations very seriously. The client had no criminal record and was determined to avoid it so he could maintain good opportunities for employment. Thanks for the negotiations by the North Star team, the client preserved his clean record with this incredible outcome.

Types of Charge(s): Misdemeanor

State v. A.B.

May, 2020
Charges: Careless Driving - Misdemeanor

Plea to an amended count of Failing to Drive with Due Care as a petty misdemeanor. The client's driving conduct certainly warranted the charge - erratic driving that led her to striking numerous vehicles when she was unsuccessfully navigating an alley and narrow road. The blood test did not find anything in her system, though the driving conduct certainly pointed to something that should have been discovered. Nonetheless, with no legal defense, the North Star team successfully negotiated this great outcome for a young client who has a bright future. With this outcome, she avoids a careless driving conviction that could lead to the termination of her insurance and increased premiums, and, most importantly, does not result in a criminal conviction. A petty misdemeanor is not considered a crime under Minnesota law. The client, therefore, maintains her perfect record and is back on track for her future.

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