Traffic Violations Case Results

Traffic Violations Case Results

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

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. M.O.

August, 2020
Charges: Careless Driving - Misdemeanor

Plea to charge as a petty misdemeanor. The client engaged in driving conduct that undoubtedly fit the bill for a Careless Driving charge - even if some attenuating circumstances existed. Compounding the driving conduct was the fact that the client had a commercial drivers license. By law, prosecutors are unable to negotiate off a traffic violation when dealing with a commercial driver. Still, the North Star team successfully negotiated the plea deal to a petty misdemeanor offense, which is a non-crime in Minnesota. Avoiding a true criminal record was crucial to the client. In doing so, he avoided any employment consequence and the North Star team assured him that the record would not lead to a loss of his commercial driving privileges. Given everything, this was a great result for a deserving client.

State v. H.T.

May, 2020
Charges: Reckless Driving - Misdemeanor

Stay of Adjudication. Client is a young man that was concerned that a conviction to the offense could lead to a job consequence. Despite no real defense, the North Star team advised the client on some proactive steps that he could take to improve our negotiating leverage. And it worked! The prosecutor appreciated the steps taken and knowing that the client learned his lesson from his poor decision-making. The result is this incredible outcome, one that gives the client the opportunity to avoid any conviction and maintain his employment without concern.

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.

State v. M.V.

May, 2020
Charges: School Bus Arm Traffic Violation - Misdemeanor

Continuance for dismissal. Client had a good driving record and wanted to ensure she didn't make a criminal record for a one-time mistake. Despite no defenses, the North Star team utilized a smart strategic approach, and not to mention it's good relationship with the prosecutor, to get this incredible outcome. After one year and obeying simple terms of probation, the matter will be dismissed.

Types of Charge(s): Traffic Violations Case Results

State v. D.S.

May, 2020
Charges: Two Driving After Suspension and No Proof of Insurance Citations - Misdemeanors

Dismissal of one and a continuance for dismissal on the other. Both cases were dated, but both had warrants from missed court appearances. The North Star team used the clients impressive resume since these incidents - including service in the Army - to approach the prosecutors about not only removing the warrants, but also to resolve the cases. One prosecutor understood that the appropriate and just result - given the age of the offense and accomplishments of the client - warranted an outright dismissal. The other agreed to an outcome that is admittedly a significant departure from that jurisdictions typical approach on this type of case. The dismissals allows the client to continue with both his civilian and military careers without these being a burden, which was a major concern for him at the time he approached North Star.

Types of Charge(s): Traffic Violations Case Results

State v. D.Z.

April, 2020
Charges: Multiple traffic matters - misdemeanors

Stay of Adjudication, notwithstanding extensive prohibitive conviction history. Dan and his client took advantage of positive turns from the bench and from a formerly very-displeased prosecutor, and resolved a sticky case with no formal conviction and easy terms of conditional release. Client anticipates this jump-off helping to put him back to rights on his driving privileges, as well as other life challenges. Very positive development, this.

Types of Charge(s): Traffic Violations Case Results

State v. G.D.

March, 2020
Charges: Complex Traffic Matters - Misdemeanors

Continuance for a dismissal, over initial State's objection. Client was stopped for pretty radical driving misconduct, and narcotics are located in the vehicle, but due to some misstatements of law by the arresting officers, most of the evidence against our client was suppressed, and agreement was reached to dismiss the matter after six months, and unsupervised conditions. Client, who is a professional, is overjoyed.

State v. L.B.

February, 2020
Charges: Possession of Marijuana in a Motor Vehicle - Misdemeanor

Continuance for a dismissal. The client was caught for speeding with approximately 26 g. of marijuana in her vehicle. Thankfully, she was not under the influence at the time of the arrest. The client obtained a medical marijuana card shortly after the incident, demonstrating that her use was for medical-related reasons. A careful negotiation with the prosecutor moved him down to this incredible result - a complete dismissal of the case, without any conviction or admission to facts, when she successfully completes a year of probation without any same or similar incidents.

State v. S.F.

January, 2019
Charges: Reckless Driving (Misdemeanor), Unlawful Passing (Petty), and Speeding (Petty)

Plea to the bottom count, speeding, as a petty misdemeanor. This case took the utmost strategy and leverage from the North Star team to negotiate this favorable outcome out of a very stubborn (putting it nicely) prosecutor. The reckless driving charge stemmed from a single-vehicle accident. Yet, with the prospects of a probable cause challenge and possible court trial to follow, the North Star team pushed until it got the appropriate outcome. This outcome was critical for the client to avoid accumulating points on his employment driving record that could have been used to terminate him. Needless to say, with so much on the line, the client made the right decision to trust North Star to get him through this complicated case.

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