Criminal Defense Victories

Drug Crimes

Aiding And Abetting First-Degree Controlled Substance (Felony) Appeal, Charges Dismissed

Client allegedly received money from a drug transaction sting operation. Through other counsel, our client pled guilty to one count of aiding and abetting, a first-degree controlled substance crime, with the expectation that he would serve three years in prison. Meshbesher & Associates successfully withdrew his plea then argued that the search and seizure of the client's vehicle and person were unconstitutional. The district court disagreed. Our client entered a new guilty plea and a six-month jail sentence was stayed pending appeal. On appeal, the search of our client's person was found to be unconstitutional. Charges were dismissed.

Charges Dismissed, Records Expunged In Felony Drug Possession Case

The client was charged with felony drug possession following a search warrant executed on his home in Pine County. Through their independent investigation, Steve Meshbesher & Associates discovered that information contained in the search warrant affidavit was inaccurate. They filed a motion to suppress the drugs found in the home and prepared to take testimony from the officers who participated in the search. Before the hearing, the prosecutor dismissed the case in its entirety. The client then sought and received a full expungement of all records.

Vehicle And Cash Returned To Client In Drug Forfeiture

The client and her boyfriend were stopped in Anoka County for suspicious driving and traffic violations. The boyfriend was arrested for DWI. A handgun and drugs were found in the client's purse inside the vehicle. The police seized the vehicle and nearly $4,000 in cash for forfeiture. Meshbesher & Associates filed a complaint in Anoka County District Court challenging the forfeiture. Meshbesher & Associates was able to convince the county attorney's office that the search and seizure of the drugs and gun were unlawful. Before trial, the county attorney's office agreed to return the vehicle and the cash to the client by a stipulated settlement. The vehicle and the cash were then returned to the client by court order.

Minnesota Supreme Court Reverses Court Of Appeals And District Court In Felony Drug Possession Case, Conviction Vacated, Property Returned

The client was stopped while driving her car in Anoka County. The police ordered the car impounded and made arrangements to have it towed from the scene. Before towing the car, the police conducted an inventory search of the car and discovered methamphetamine in a purse. The client was charged with felony drug possession and served with a notice of forfeiture for her vehicle. Meshbesher & Associates filed a motion in the district court asking the judge to suppress the drugs due to an unlawful search. The motion was denied. The client appealed. Several months later, the Minnesota Court of Appeals unanimously affirmed the district court. The client then petitioned the Minnesota Supreme Court to review the decisions of the lower courts. After many months and hard work, the appellate process paid off. The Minnesota Supreme Court reversed the decisions of the district court and court of appeals. The client's conviction and sentence were vacated. She was entitled to a full expungement of all records relating to the case. Additionally, the car was returned to her possession by court order.

Charges Dismissed For First-Degree Controlled Substance Crime (Felony)

Client was arrested and charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) and felon in possession of a firearm (replica antique rifle) after his house was raided by police acting on information received from a confidential informant. Meshbesher & Associates located the informant with assistance of a private investigator. Meshbesher & Associates successfully argued that the search warrant application for the client's residence was deficient as it failed to contain relevant information regarding the unreliability of the informant. The district court agreed. All charges were dismissed. The replica antique firearm was returned.

Charges Dismissed For Possession Of Dangerous Drugs With Intent To Distribute (Felony) — Montana

Client was arrested and charged in Montana with one count of DUI as a first offense and possession with intent to distribute marijuana. Following months of negotiations, our client pled guilty to the charge of DUI with time served and no additional jail required. The felony charge of possession of dangerous drugs was continued for dismissal without a plea or admission of guilt.

Homicide

Client Not Convicted For Criminal Vehicular Homicide (Felony)

Client was charged with criminal vehicular homicide and third-degree DWI after striking and killing a pedestrian on an unlit highway in the middle of the night. Client's BAC registered at .12. During pretrial proceedings, Meshbesher & Associates argued that the victim's death, while unfortunate, was inevitable and that our client would not have been able to avoid the accident even if he had been completely sober. Meshbesher & Associates negotiated a deal whereby our client received a stay of adjudication (no conviction) to the charge of criminal vehicular homicide. Our client was convicted solely of third-degree DWI.

Weapons And Firearms Crimes

Charges Dismissed For Possession Of A Firearm (Felony)

Client was arrested and charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) and felon in possession of a firearm (replica antique rifle) after his house was raided by police acting on information received from a confidential informant. Meshbesher & Associates located the informant with assistance of a private investigator. Meshbesher & Associates successfully argued that the search warrant application for our client's residence was deficient as it failed to contain relevant information regarding the unreliability of the informant. The district court agreed. All charges were dismissed. The replica antique firearm was returned.

Stalking

Felony Stalking Charges Dismissed

The client was charged in Carver County District Court with a stalking crime that was enhanced to a felony-level offense because of prior convictions. The allegations were that the client had harassed his brother over several months via telephone. After many months of battling with prosecutors on issues over discovery, Meshbesher & Associates convinced the district court judge to dismiss the case in its entirety due to a violation of the client's constitutional right to a speedy trial.

Criminal Sexual Conduct

First- And Third-Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct (Felony) Charges Dismissed

Client was charged with first- and third-degree criminal sexual conduct charges after an alleged victim claimed he had sex with her without consent and while she was unconscious, passed-out drunk. The state initiated two pre-trial appeals following favorable rulings in the district court. Five-and-a-half years after being charged, Meshbesher & Associates filed a motion to dismiss based on a violation of the client's constitutional right to a speedy trial. All charges were dismissed, and the case records were expunged.

Client Found Not Guilty And Records Expungement In First-Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct Case

A complaint charged the client with engaging in sexual relations with a teenage minor female over the course of several years in Anoka County. The case was hard fought over the course of two years. After a week-long hotly contested jury trial, the client was found not guilty on all charges. He later successfully petitioned the district court for a total expungement of all records relating to the case.

First-Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct Case Dismissed And Records Expunged

The client was charged in Mille Lacs County with first-degree criminal sexual conduct. The case was hard fought for the better part of six years. In the later years of the case, a special prosecutor from Minneapolis was hired by the county of Mille Lacs to prosecute our client. After many years of litigation, which included two pretrial appeals by the government, Steve Meshbesher & Associates successfully moved the district court to dismiss the entire case for a violation of the client's right to a speedy trial. The client then successfully petitioned the district court for a complete expungement of all records.

Assault

Felony Assault Charges Dismissed And Records Expunged

A fight broke out outside a bar in Washington County. A young man was knocked to the ground by a punch to his face. He hit his head and suffered a traumatic brain injury and was hospitalized. The Washington County Attorney's Office charged our client with third-degree assault, a felony. Over the course of a year, Meshbesher & Associates was able to build a case strong enough to convince the county attorney's office that sufficient doubt existed as to the perpetrator of the offense – essentially that they had the wrong guy. After a year of litigation, the Washington County Attorney's Office dismissed on grounds of insufficient evidence. The client was thereafter entitled to an expungement of all records relating to the case.

Assault Charges After Vikings Game Dismissed

Following the Vikings' final game at the Metrodome, the client was arrested for allegedly assaulting two members of security at a local bar. Meshbesher & Associates built a case against the bouncers, arguing that it was in fact the bouncers that assaulted the client. Based on the work by Meshbesher & Associates, the prosecutor agreed to dismiss the case against the client. The client was entitled to a full expungement of all records relating to the case.

Night Club Assault Charges Dismissed

The client was arrested by the police following a fight at a Minneapolis night club and charged with misdemeanor assault. Meshbesher & Associates was able to convince the prosecutors to dismiss the case. The client was then able to have an expungement of all records.

Assault Charges Dropped And Records Expunged

Late in the night, the client was forcibly removed from a hotel room in Minneapolis for creating a disturbance. The Minneapolis City Attorney's Office charged the client with assaulting a security member of the hotel. Before trial, Meshbesher & Associates was able to convince the prosecutor to dismiss the case. The client was then entitled to a total expungement of all records relating to the case.

Felony Assault Charges Dismissed In Alleged Road Rage Incident

Our client was charged with pointing a handgun and claiming to be a police officer in an incident involving two other motorists in Carver County. If convicted, our client was facing up to seven years in prison and forfeiture of his truck and firearms. With the assistance of a seasoned private investigator, Meshbesher & Associates was able to turn the tables on the two individuals claiming to have been assaulted, ultimately showing that a substantial likelihood existed that their version of the incident was fabricated. As a result of the investigation and litigation, all charges against the client were dismissed by the prosecution. The client was then entitled to a complete expungement of all records.

Theft And Burglary

Restitution Dramatically Reduced

The client was represented by a public defender in St. Louis County on charges of burglary and kidnapping following a forcible home invasion. The client resolved his case by a plea and was ordered by the district court to pay over $22,000 in restitution to the victim. The client hired Steve Meshbesher & Associates to appeal his case, seeking, in part, a reduction in restitution. The Minnesota Court of Appeals reversed the district court's restitution order and remanded the case for an evidentiary hearing. Following the hearing, the district court reduced the restitution obligation to just over $3,000.

Client Avoids Charges On Fraud And Theft Charges

The client was investigated in Hennepin County for engaging in a fraudulent scheme to obtain state assistance by misrepresentation. Search warrants were executed on his home and files and computers were seized. The investigation lasted over two years, during which time Meshbesher & Associates performed an independent investigation into the facts and allegations. After the passage of that time, the Hennepin County Attorney's Office declined to prosecute the client and all of his property was returned to him.

Client Not Charged In Alleged Theft

The client was investigated by the federal Department of Labor following allegations that he embezzled over $34,000 from the local union of which he was an active member. Meshbesher & Associates conducted a thorough investigation of a voluminous set of records and business documents and even hired an independent investigator to interview witnesses. Based on the investigation by Meshbesher & Associates and the investigator, the client was never charged. The client is now a member in good standing of his local union.

Charges Dismissed In Theft Case

The client was charged with misdemeanor theft. At the first court appearance, Meshbesher & Associates was able to convince the prosecutor to dismiss the charge outright. The client was then entitled to an expungement of all records relating to the case.

Charges Reduced For Theft Of Property (Felony) — North Dakota

Client was charged with 52 counts of theft of property, fraudulent practices and conspiracy to commit those crimes for a scheme of securities fraud involving millions of dollars. All theft charges were voluntarily dismissed. Meshbesher & Associates successfully negotiated a plea agreement whereby the client pled guilty to seven counts of acting as an unregistered dealer of securities. At sentencing, the prosecution asked the judge for a sentence of at least six years in prison; our client was ordered to serve two years.

Clients Not Guilty Of Theft By False Representation (Felony), Theft By Swindle (Felony)

Clients, a husband and wife, were each charged with two counts of theft in excess of $35,000. If convicted, both clients would have faced deportation/removal by Immigration and Naturalization Services. Clients were both found not guilty following a bench trial. All case records expunged.

Fifth-Degree Controlled Substance Crime (Felony), Fourth-Degree DWI (Misdemeanor)

Client was charged with fourth-degree DWI and fifth-degree possession of a painkiller medication for which he did not have a valid prescription. Following a pretrial evidentiary hearing, the state voluntarily dismissed the DWI charge. Our client pled guilty to the charge of fifth-degree possession with a stay of adjudication (no conviction) in accordance with Minn. Stat. § 152.18.

Meth Manufacture Charges Dismissed And Records Expunged

Client was arrested and charged with multiple offenses (conspiracy to manufacture methampetamine, first-degree controlled substance crime, tampering with anhydrous ammonia, felony possession of a firearm) for what appeared to be a simple methamphetamine cooking operation. However, Meshbesher & Associates uncovered an entrapment scheme initiated by police and an unreliable informant. All charges were ultimately dismissed due to police and prosecutorial misconduct. All case records were expunged.

Forfeitures

Client's Money Returned After Unconstitutional Search And Seizure At Airport

Our client was randomly selected for enhanced screening at the Minneapolis airport. TSA agents located $90,000 in currency in his luggage, and a drug-detection dog made a positive alert to the currency. Later lab analysis determined trace amounts of cocaine residue were present on the currency. Meshbesher & Associates challenged the forfeiture claiming the search and seizure were unconstitutional. The U.S. District Court for the District Court of Minnesota agreed. Although the matter could have technically proceeded to trial, our client settled with the government and $80,000 was returned.

Alleged Drug Money Returned

Over $5,000 In Alleged Drug Money Returned To Client

The client was charged with impersonating a police officer in Ramsey County after he held himself out to several people as a patrol officer with the West Saint Paul Police Department. Based on the surrounding facts of the case, Meshbesher & Associates was able to convince the prosecutor to dismiss the charge.

$45,000 In Alleged Drug Money Returned To Client

The Dakota County Drug Task Force executed a search warrant on the client's apartment and seized $45,000 in cash from a safe in the bedroom. The currency was sent to the Minnesota National Guard Counterdrug Task Force, where ion-testing was conducted on the notes. The analysis revealed the presence of cocaine on the currency. The client was served with a forfeiture notice for all of the $45,000. Before trial, the Ramsey County Attorney's Office offered to settle the case by keeping half of the money and returning the other half to the client. The client rejected the settlement offer. Following a trial where testimony was taken from several drug task force agents and a sergeant of the Minnesota National Guard, Meshbesher & Associates successfully argued for a verdict in favor of the client. All $45,000 of the seized money was ordered returned to the client.

Tax Evasion And White Collar Crimes

Agreement Negotiated For Federal Income Tax Evasion Charges

Client was under investigation by the IRS and the U.S. Attorney's Office for federal income tax evasion. If charged and convicted of a felony, he would have been stripped of his professional license. Meshbesher & Associates successfully negotiated an agreement whereby the client pled guilty to one misdemeanor-level charge with minimal prison/halfway house time required as a condition. Client was able to maintain his professional licensure.

Driver's License Cases

Driver's License Reinstated

The client had a lifetime ban on driving in Florida due to multiple DWI convictions. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety refused to give the client a driver's license in Minnesota, telling the client it would only do so if he could show he was valid in Florida (which was impossible). Meshbesher & Associates filed a petition for reinstatement in Hennepin County District Court. Before a hearing on the petition, the Minnesota Attorney General's Office agreed to reinstate the client's driver's license.

Driver's License Reinstatement

The client had a lifetime ban on driving in Illinois due to multiple DWI convictions. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety refused to give the client a driver's license in Minnesota, telling the client they would only do so if he could supply them with a "clearance letter" from the state of Illinois (which was impossible). He had hired a lawyer to represent him in Scott County District Court on a petition to have his driver's license reinstated, which he lost. He then hired Steve Meshbesher & Associates and Meshbesher & Associates to represent him on an appeal to the Minnesota Court of Appeals. The court of appeals reversed the district court's order. The client then successfully applied for a driver's license and received one.

Impersonating Police Officer

Impersonating Police Officer Charge Dismissed

The client was charged with impersonating a police officer in Ramsey County after he held himself out to several people as a patrol officer with the West Saint Paul Police Department. Based on the surrounding facts of the case, Meshbesher & Associates was able to convince the prosecutor to dismiss the charge.