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Threats of Violence Case Results
To see just how successful our approach is, here are some representative results:
Charges: Threats of Violence - Felony
Plea to an amended count of disorderly conduct. No time to serve, minimal fine, and an easy year on probation. The case was in the midst of jury selection when the State finally came to its senses and gave us the outcome we've been seeking since the beginning. Though we were ready for trial and had an excellent trial strategy, the juror pool was admittedly less than ideal. But, with the added pressure of a trial looming and our prep on full display, the State came around and the client immediately jump at the opportunity to resolve this for a misdemeanor disorderly conduct. He avoided risking a felony trial and all that comes with it, and assured himself an outcome that can keep him on the right path moving forward. To say this is a win is an understatement. Client is thrilled with the outcome and North Star's hard work on his behalf.
Charges: Threats of Violence - Felony
Departure granted. Sentenced as a gross misdemeanor over the State's strenuous argument. The client had made drunken threats of shooting up a bar and made a hand-gun motion. Despite this, the North Star team convinced the judge that these were less serious facts than a typical threats of violence case, which is not a small undertaking. With a well-researched written argument and a strong oral summation at the sentencing hearing, the Court agreed that the defense had proven to be correct and granted the departure. For a gentleman that enjoys hunting with family, this was a critical and fantastic result.
Charges: 2nd Degree Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (Felony); Threats of Violence (Felony); False Imprisonment (Felony); Domestic Assault (Misdemeanor)
Norgaard plea, received a stay of adjudication on the threats of violence charge, stay of imposition to an added count of interfering with an emergency call (gross misdemeanor), and a stay of imposition to the misdemeanor domestic assault charge. This negotiated outcome results in no felony conviction on his record and, instead, just misdemeanor convictions. For an individual facing three serious felony charges, including the second degree assault with a dangerous weapon that would've required a year in prison if convicted, this is a fantastic result. The top priorities for the client were avoiding a felony record and prison time. The North Star team engaged in extensive and creative negotiations over lengthy litigation, ultimately culminating in this deal on the doorstep to trial. Considering the allegations, a motivated victim, and challenging evidence to overcome, accomplishing the client's objectives seemed unlikely to begin, but eventually came to fruition with the strategy implemented.
Charges: Threats of Violence; Conspiracy to Commit Threats of Violence - Juvenile Felony Case
Continuance for dismissal. The client was alleged to have partaken in a written bomb threat made inside a high school. It goes without saying that this was a major case that the State was committed to pursuing to the full extent that they could. The State even went so far as to hire a handwriting expert to help its case. Nonetheless, the North Star team stepped up and prepared an excellent defense to the case, including retaining an expert of our own to successfully counter the State's expert opinion. Eventually, with thoughtful discussions about the factual issues the State has and a deserving client, Mr. Gempeler finally got the State to come down to this incredible offer - one that does not include an admission to any facts and ultimately leads to a dismissal of the entire case after six short months on probation with minimal conditions. The client and his family could not be happier it chose the North Star team to fight for their son, who can now push forward in his life without a devastating criminal record.
Charges: Threats of Violence - Felony; Assault - Felony
Mr. Adkins waives wand, magic results... or so it would seem. In this matter, a dad who allegedly pointed his firearm at another driver in a road rage dispute, rolled the dice with complete acceptance of responsibility, with his lawyer working hard as hell, and trusting a wise and worldly judge, notwithstanding a smart and motivated prosecutor arguing strongly in opposition, and... the felony evaporates. Client will move forward with no loss of rights, with no horrific 'Felony' attached to his name, with no outsized probation length or conditions... North Star was created for these moments, for clients like this, and for these wins. Get on board, if you or someone you love has exposure like this, and we will create your version of this dismount.
Charges: Threats of Violence - Felony
Dismissed. Client was facing a felony case, resulting from an alleged incident with his significant other. The facts, though, simply didn't add up and the complaining witness was adamant that she did not want to pursue this case further. Add in a thoughtful motion to dismiss filed by the North Star team, the State finally concluded that they had to drop the case. And did so prior to the motion hearing date, demonstrating the strength of the argument and how the North Star team leveraged all of the circumstances to obtain this just result for the client. Another fantastic result achieved by the right balance of aggressive advocacy and thoughtful discussions/negotiations with the State.
Charges: Felony Second Degree Assault, Threats of Violence
This client, a veteran and incredibly valued member of the North Star family now, was facing the loss of a high-six figure annual income, his home, a relationship with his kids that he could control... his life was in essentially a tailspin when Dan and James interceded and substituted for another attorney, and began working on positive outcomes. After more than a year of aggressive motion practice, of careful negotiations, and of cautious optimism on the part of this fragile client, Dan secured a gross misdemeanor outcome over rabid state's opposition. This means the case was ALWAYS a misdemeanor, never a felony; the client can negotiate his future with confidence and joy, as opposed to fear and loathing... The entire office simply exists to seek and achieve results like this. Please carefully consider your choice in lawyers: it is one of the most important and consequential decisions you can ever make, and we are deeply desirous of getting you the best conceivable results.
Charges: Second Degree Assault and Threats of Violence - Felonies
COMPLETE VINDICATION! Client facing his first felony, in midlife, with a career and encroaching retirement utterly threatened, just received notice that the entire matter is dismissed due to the aggressive and thoughtful advocacy Mr. Adkins provided. The County Attorney knew the right decision was to dismiss the case. The client is overjoyed with the counsel and fight he received from Mr. Adkins and for this new lease on life.
Charges: Threats of Violence, Felony (and Second Degree Assault pending charge, if a trial demanded)
Case out of Washington County was dismissed on day of trial. Intense investigation led to a rapid dissolution of the State's case, preserving a perfect lawful record of a talented professional man. A voluntary confession wasn't the massive hurdle it generally would be, after North Star's efforts came to bear on the case; however, this matter and so many others do point up how absolutely vital, how critical it is to get strong legal representation at the outset of your case, before you even know you are a target. Always, ALWAYS demand to be represented by counsel when questioned by police or prosecutors, simply always. The lawyers at North Star are available 24/7/52 to assist you, at your beck and call. Do not act alone, or you may find yourself sitting alone, making hard choices the wrong way. This was the third of three perfect results, same morning.
Charges: Threats of Violence, Felony
Charges out of Dakota County. Counts were reduced to Misdemeanor Assault with no jail time and only community service. All felony counts were dismissed. This result is better than it appears; it permits an active duty soldier with an impeccable record to continue his service to our country, uninterrupted. A man with five overseas tours got tied up in a road-rage incident, and made a momentary poor choice--which would almost certainly result in a felony in any other circumstances, and possible jail time, loss of firearm rights, and a host of collateral negative impact for the man. Careful negotiations and a perfect score card for commitment to therapies and thoughtful self-analysis resulted in a last-minute, career-saving result. We rarely get this much pride from our work, or this much tangible benefit to a remarkable life. Yet another case where an ill-timed decision on the client's part, to tell the truth to officers investigating a complaint, almost cost more than can be quantified. Never, never ever speak to police or prosecutors without your team, North Star Criminal Defense.