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We are often asked about our success rate, and an attorney’s track record is certainly a valid consideration in making a hiring decision. While a dismissal or acquittal is the ideal outcome, it is not possible in every case. Sometimes success means a lesser charge, shorter sentence, or fewer consequences, whether achieved through negotiation with the prosecutor or by arguing our client’s position to the judge. Below are some cases we are particularly proud of. Be advised, however, that every case is different, and that these results may not be possible for your case.
Dakota County, December 2019
Our client was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, and was looking at a five year prison sentence. We took the case to trial and argued the State – even with DNA evidence – could not prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt. The jury agreed and found our client not guilty.
Federal, December 2019
Our client had a serious federal drug charge, with the potential for a lengthy prison sentence. Thanks to our advice and advocacy, and her own hard work, she received a sentence of time served and earned the opportunity to show the judge she can complete treatment, stay off drugs, and stay out of trouble.
Ramsey County, November 2019
Our client was charged with 1st degree drug possession. Our office first negotiated a plea to the lesser charge of 2nd degree drug possession. Then we successfully convinced the judge not to impose a felony sentence. Our client got credit for time served and four years of probation. If he successfully completes his probation, his conviction will be deemed a misdemeanor.
Anoka County, April 2019
Our client was charged with felon in possession of a firearm, and was looking at a likely prison sentence. We successfully convinced a judge that prison was not necessary. Instead, the judge imposed 90 days of jail, but made the days waivable. This means if he is successful and complies with probation, our client will not do a single additional day in jail.
Stearns County, February 2019
Our client hired us to appeal his conviction and sentence for a gun case. While his conviction was affirmed, we found a flaw in his sentencing, resulting in a 29-month reduction in his sentence.
NOT GUILTY verdict
Stearns County, October 2018
Our client was charged with two counts of making threats of violence. He had diagnoses which included serious psychiatric disease. We submitted the case to a judge, who found our client not guilty by reason of mental illness.
Drug and Gun Case DISMISSED
Hennepin County, October 2018
We successfully convinced the court that there were fatal flaws in the warrant to search our client’s home, requiring suppression of the evidence. Without that evidence, the prosecution was unable to proceed and the case was dismissed.
ACQUITTED of Firearms Charge
Hennepin County, July 2018
Our client was charged with 5th degree drug sales while possessing a firearm and 5th degree drug possession. The firearms charge carried a mandatory minimum sentence of 36 months. We presented a court trial, and successfully convinced the judge that our client was not guilty of the firearms charge. While he was found guilty of the 5th degree possession charge, the judge did not adjudicate him guilty. As long as he successfully completes three years of probation, the case will be dismissed, and our client will avoid both prison and jail.
Dakota County, February 2018
Our client had two significant drug charges in two separate files – two 1st degree charges and one 2nd degree charge. Our client was still looking at a 75-month presumptive prison sentence, but we convinced the judge to give him a downward departure to 90 days in the workhouse with work release and 20 years of probation.
Hennepin County, March 2018
Our client had a 4th degree DWI charge which we negotiated down to a petty misdemeanor careless driving. Our client paid minimal court fines. The conviction is not considered a crime.
Anoka County, May 2018
Our client had a concealed carry permit, but was charged with possession of a firearm while under the influence of alcohol. He did not believe he was guilty. He wanted his gun back, and to preserve his record and his concealed carry permit. We successfully convinced a judge that the state did not have enough evidence to prove the charge. The judge dismissed case
Hennepin County, November 2016
We successfully argued that the search of our client’s car was unconstitutional and that the evidence found in it should be suppressed. Without that evidence, the prosecutor had no choice but to dismiss the case.
Hennepin County, October 2016
Our client was stopped for a traffic violation. We successfully argued that the search of his car was unconstitutional and that the evidence seized from it must be suppressed. Without that evidence, the state did not have a case, and the charges against our client were dismissed.
Scott County, September 2016
Our client was convicted on a subsequent-drug case, with a presumptive sentence of 57 months. Although probation also recommended a sentence of 57 months, we were able to secure a sentence of 18 months
Wright County, July 2016
Our client was convicted of First-Degree DWI. Although the sentencing guidelines called for a prison sentence, we were able to help our client get probation with some jail time and some electronic home monitoring
DWI Test-Refusal case DISMISSED
Hennepin County, February 2016
Our client was found asleep in a car. After a preliminary breath test resulted revealed an alcohol-concentration of 0.028, the trooper asked our client to take a blood or urine test to see if there were any drugs in his system. Our client declined to submit to this warrantless search, and was charged with test-refusal. In accordance with recent decisions issued by the Minnesota Court of Appeals, the district court dismissed the charge.
License revocation rescinded
Hennepin County, October 2015
In a post-driving consumption case, our office successfully argued that there was insufficient evidence to show that our client drove a vehicle after consuming alcohol.
DWI case dismissed
Hennepin County, July 2015
Our office successfully argued a motion to suppress critical evidence against our client. Without the evidence, the prosecutor could not prove the case, so it was dismissed.
Ramsey County, May 2015
Dakota County, May 2015
Our client had two old cases which were preventing her from moving forward in her career. We successfully got both cases expunged – both judicial and executive branch records – and our client is now looking for a better job.
ACQUITTAL after jury trial in drug case
Dakota County, April 2015
Our client was facing 2nd degree drug charges after selling to a police informant. We successfully argued to a jury that our client was entrapped by the informant, and he was found not guilty.
Federal, March 2015
Our client was indicted in a meth distribution case, and was facing a 120-month minimum sentence. Through our advice and her hard work, she was ultimately sentenced to time served.
License revocation rescinded
Ramsey County, March 2015
Our office successfully argued that law enforcement violated our client’s constitutional rights by failing to even try to get an interpreter although it was clear he did not really understand English. As a result, the administrative (implied consent) revocation of his drivers license was reversed by the court.
Hennepin County, January 2020
Our client was charged with aggravated assault. In addition to avoiding jail, she was very concerned about potentially severe employment consequences. We convinced the prosecutor to amend the charge to damage to property. The court imposed a gross misdemeanor sentence, but if our client fulfills all of her requirements, she could serve as little as four days in custody.
Anoka County, May 2018
Our client was charged with misdemeanor domestic assault against his sister. We successfully convinced the prosecutor to dismiss the case.
Hennepin County, May 2018
Our client was charged with domestic assault. There was the potential for severe employment consequences for him. We convinced the prosecutor to amend the charge to disorderly conduct and then suspend prosecution for a year. This should result in no conviction and no admission or finding that our client did anything wrong.
Hennepin County, June 2018
Our client had been charged with two misdemeanors for an incident which occurred in 2015 while he was in college. He successfully completed informal probation (and his degree). The judge ordered that the records be sealed, so our client should not have to disclose the incident to future potential employers.
DWI stay of adjudication
Wright County, March 2015
While stays of adjudication are relatively common for certain charges, they are rare in DWI cases. We recently secured one for a client based on procedural irregularities with his case. Assuming he successfully completes probation, he will not wind up with a DWI conviction for this case.
Four Minnesota Counties, July – October 2014
We had a client facing a number of felony controlled substance and theft-related charges. Many of the cases carried presumptive prison sentences, but our client followed our advice (including completing treatment), and we kept her out of prison.
ACQUITTAL after jury trial in drug case
Anoka County, January 2014
Our client was charged with 1st degree drug possession and sales in what is believed to have been the largest meth bust in the history of the Anoka-Hennepin Drug Task Force. We successfully argued to a jury that the state could not prove that our client was legally responsible for the drugs found in a locked safe in his home, and he was found not guilty.
Dismissal of financial exploitation charges
Ramsey County, January 2013
Our client was charged with financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult. We successfully argued that the state failed to establish that our client had a fiduciary responsibility toward the alleged victim, and the court dismissed the charges.
ACQUITTAL after jury trial in terroristic threats / assault case
Washington County, October 2012
Our client was charged with terroristic threats and assault after an argument with her boyfriend got physical. We successfully argued to a jury that she was acting in self-defense, and she was found not guilty.
Dismissal of drug case
Ramsey County, February 2012
Our client was facing a felony drug charge, but we successfully argued that the search of his vehicle was unconstitutional, so the evidence was suppressed and the case was dismissed.
ACQUITTAL after court trial in felony domestic assault case
Ramsey County, January 2012
ACQUITTAL after court trial in indecent exposure case
Dakota County, March 2010
Our client had been charged with indecent exposure. He elected a court trial, and the judge found him not guilty.
Dismissal of drug case
Hennepin County, February 2009
Our client was facing a 1st degree drug possession charge, but we successfully argued that he was subjected to an unconstitutional search. As a result, the evidence was suppressed and the case was dismissed.
ACQUITTAL after court trial in assault case
Hennepin County, September 2008
Our client had been charged with assaulting her boyfriend. Our client agreed to have the police reports and other evidence submitted to the judge. We successfully argued that the state’s evidence was not sufficient to disprove self-defense, and she was acquitted.
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