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Tax

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

State v. N.A.

February, 2020
Charges: Felony tax fraud - 7 charges

Plea to two counts via stays of imposition, meaning the record will be misdemeanor convictions after probation. The client had no defense to the allegations of willfully filing incorrect tax returns. Compounding this is the fact that he worked in the tax field, preparing and filing tax returns for his clients. Yet, despite these awful facts, the North Star team was able to negotiate an outcome where the client could earn a misdemeanor record and was not sentenced to serve any time in custody. Through this outcome, the client was able to continue with his new job (in a new field) and provide for his family. He was simply overjoyed with the outcome and advocacy by the North Star team.

Types of Charge(s): Tax

State v. J.A.

January, 2020
Charges: Felony Tobacco Tax Fraud

Dismissed upon North Star's motion to dismiss for an unconstitutional search. The client was charged with transporting untaxed tobacco product. He ran out of gas and was stopped on the exit ramp. A state trooper pulled up behind him during a welfare check, offered to assist by staying behind him to ensure traffic new of the stopped truck. But, instead of doing that, the trooper continued asking questions about what our client was doing. He detected the client was acting nervous. So, the trooper kept prying and eventually asked to search the back of the truck. The only "suspicious" behavior was the client's nerves, which is not enough to continue interrogating him and eventually ask to search the truck. The Court agreed, ruling from the bench even(!), that this conduct by the trooper violated the client's constitutional guarantees to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures. Without the evidence gathered during the illegal search, the County was forced to dismiss the case.

Types of Charge(s): Tax

State v. J.P.

December, 2019
Charges: Failing to Pay or File Tax Returns - Felonies (9 Counts)

Plea to tax crimes as gross misdemeanors. Durational departure granted. The client was facing nine felony counts. And, if convicted at trial, stacking all nine convictions could have led to a prison sentence (as the Judge detailed to the client at an early hearing). The client was also in the midst of recovering from a severe stroke. Taking Mr. Gempeler's advice, the client paid off the unpaid taxes in full and got his tax filings current. Without a criminal record (for an older man) and his declining health, avoiding time in custody and serious criminal penalties (such as felony records) was critical. After extensive negotiations, the client gladly accepted a plea deal to a gross misdemeanor result and avoided any time in custody, which, given his health, could have been life-saving. The client was thankful that he hired the North Star team to guide him during this challenging time.

Types of Charge(s): Tax

State v. T.O.

October, 2019
Charges: Felony Tax Evasion - Multiple Counts

Durational departure granted - gross misdemeanor conviction to only one count. Based upon a thorough and well-researched brief (as stated by the Judge), a plea to a single felony count turned into a gross misdemeanor sentence. The result is the client is never convicted of a felony. In achieving this result, the client will not lose his license and is able to move forward with his life and put his mistakes behind him. With so much on the line, the North Star team pulled off exactly what was needed to save this client's future.

Types of Charge(s): Tax

State v. S.O.

October, 2019
Charges: Felony Tax Evasion - Multiple Counts

Gross misdemeanor sentence to one count. The State agreed to a stay of imposition and allowing the North Star team to argue for a departure from the Court. With a strong brief that impressed the Court, this needed outcome was obtained for an incredibly deserving client. She will not be stained with a felony conviction on her record and is able to move forward with her life.

Types of Charge(s): Tax

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