Proven Winner – CASES & VERDICTS(NDG)

Aaron A Nelson, Nelson Criminal Defense Group, WisconsinOWI-1st amended to Reckless Driving: Foreign Exchange college student had his OWI-1st charge amended to a Reckless Driving after Attorney Nelson convinced the City Attorney that the defense would either win the trial or win the appeal of a decision regarding police investigation. (2017)

Sexual Intercourse with a Child and Strangulation and Suffocation DISMISSED: New Richmond, WI, man had his felony charges dismissed and entered into a Deferred Judgment of Conviction on two misdemeanor charges after Attorney Nelson convinced the prosecution they could not meet their burden. (2017)

OWI-3rd amended to Disorderly Conduct: River Falls, WI, man had his OWI-3rd charge amended to Disorderly Conduct after Attorney Nelson convinced the prosecutor that he could not meet his burden after reviewing the squad cam. (2017)

NOT GUILTY of 1st Degree Sexual Assault of a Child under 12: Buffalo City, WI, man charged with three counts of 1st Degree Sexual Assault of a Child under 12 was found “not guilty” after a week-long jury trial. The jury deliberated less than one hour before agreeing with the Defense that the child was only a victim of a custody struggle who was manipulated by his mother, but that he was never sexually assaulted. (2017)

OWI-1st amended to Reckless Driving: Somerset, WI, man had his OWI-1st charge amended to a Reckless Driving after Attorney Nelson convinced the prosecutor that he could not meet his burden because his client did not have a prohibited alcohol concentration at the time of driving. (2017)

OWI-3rd amended to Disorderly Conduct: Somerset, WI, man had his OWI-3rd charge amended to Disorderly Conduct after Attorney Nelson convinced the prosecutor that she could not meet her burden. (2016)

OWI-4th DISMISSED: After several filing of charges and re-filing of charges, a Somerset, WI, woman finally had her OWI-4th charge dismissed after Attorney Nelson convinced the prosecutor that she could not meet her burden. (2016)

NOT GUILTY of 2nd Degree Sexual Assault and Battery: Hudson, WI, college student was charged with three counts of 2nd Degree Sexual Assault and one count of Battery. On day three of jury trial, the Judge dismissed one count of Sexual Assault because the State could not meet its burden. After four days of trial, the jurors took less than 30 minutes to find him “not guilty” of all charges. (2016)

OWI-1st amended to Reckless Driving: Minneapolis, MN, man had his municipal OWI-1st amended to a Reckless Driving after Attorney Nelson moved the cases to Circuit Court and convinced the prosecutor that the EC/IR-II test result was taken in violation of the 20-minute observation requirement and, therefore, he could not meet his burden. (2016)

OWI-1st amended to Reckless Driving: Chippewa Falls, WI, man had his municipal OWI-1st amended to a Reckless Driving after Attorney Nelson convinced the prosecutor that he could not meet his burden. (2016)

NOT GUILTY of Felony Vehicular Homicide: Pierce County mother charged with three counts of felony Vehicular Homicide and on misdemeanor charge of Reckless Driving, found “not guilty” on all charges by a jury, after just two hours of deliberation. (2016)

On Wednesday, June 29, 2016, Attorney Aaron A. Nelson and his legal defense team secured a verdict of “not guilty” on three counts of felony Homicide by Negligent Operation of a Vehicle and one misdemeanor count of Reckless Driving-Causing Bodily Harm. As the verdicts were read, the defendant and her defense team wept.

In December 2013, Nelson’s client suffered a severe brain injury following a crash that killed her daughter and two young nieces. Only she and her three-year-old son survived. Prosecutors charged her with sending messages via Facebook, causing the crash. Nelson and his team spent months reviewing evidence, interviewing witnesses, and speaking with experts as they prepared for trial. While the media and much of the public had already convicted her in their minds, Nelson and his team were convinced that the tragic crash was caused by a combination of poor road conditions and badly worn tires and not inattentive driving.

As evidence was presented at trial, pictures of the crash showed a roadway with snow and slush spilling into the driving lane. Recorded 911 calls reported icy conditions, stating that the client’s vehicle appeared to have hit a patch of ice and spun out of control. Investigators confirmed the vehicle had extremely worn tires, though still considered legal.

Finally, questions about the accuracy of time-stamps and their proximity to the crash and questions regarding how the messages were input into the phone and by whom were presented to the jury. The trial was scheduled to go five days and after just three, the defense, having called no witnesses, rested. It took the jury only two hours to find the defendant “not guilty” of all charges against her.

As each charge was read aloud and the verdicts declared, it was impossible to ignore the surge of emotions that overcame the defendant and her legal team. After three long years, this single mother, her son, and her family, who have all endured so much suffering, were finally free to begin healing in private. Nelson has stated many times that there is no “winning” in a case involving death. However, there is a sense of relief and the reality that now this family can finally take steps to move forward.

OWI-1st amended to Reckless Driving: Hager City, WI, man had his municipal OWI-1st amended to a Reckless Driving after Attorney Nelson moved the cases to Circuit Court and convinced the prosecutor that he could not meet his burden. (2016)

NOT GUILTY of OWI-2nd: Illinois businessman charged with OWI-2nd was found “not guilty” by a jury after Attorney Nelson convinced the jury that he was not driving while under the influence. (2016)

DISMISSED charges: River Falls, WI, woman charged with felony Burglary of Dwelling and misdemeanor Theft had her charges dismissed after Attorney Nelson convinced the prosecutor he could not meet his burden of proof. (2016)

DISMISSED charges: Elk Mound, WI, man charged with felony Possession of Methamphetamine, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia had his charges dismissed after Attorney Nelson convinced the prosecutor that the arresting office did not have probable cause for the detention, search, and subsequent arrest. (2016)

Felony charge DISMISSED and Felony charge amended to protect 2nd Amendment rights: New Richmond, WI, man charged with Operate Firearm While Intoxicated had had this charge amended to a misdemeanor charge of Disorderly Conduct and his other felony charge of 2nd Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety dismissed after Attorney Nelson convinced the prosecutor that our client was innocent of the felony charge and was otherwise not a danger. (2016)

OWI-1st amended to Reckless Driving: Ellsworth, WI, man had his OWI-1st amended to a Reckless Driving after Attorney Nelson convinced the prosecutor that he could not meet his burden. (2016)

OWI-Homicide DISMISSED: Hammond, WI, woman charged with Homicide by Intoxicated Use of a Vehicle had the criminal charges case dismissed after Attorney Nelson worked with an accident reconstruction expert who helped convince the prosecutor that his client was not at fault for the tragic accident. (2016)

DISMISSED charges: New Richmond, WI, man charged with Possession with Intent to Deliver THC and Maintaining Drug Residence as a Party to a Crime had his case dismissed the week before trial after Attorney Nelson raised doubts about whether the drugs belonged to someone else. (2016)

NOT GUILTY of Felony Murder: Duluth, MN, man was found “not guilty” of Felony Murder (as a Party to a Crime) and “not guilty” of Attempted Armed Robbery and “Not Guilty” of Attempted Robbery after a four-day jury trial in Superior, WI. It took the jury less than two hours to agree with the Defense that our client did not aid or assist the individual who had shot gun. (2016)

DISMISSED charges: New Richmond, WI, woman charged with Possession with Intent to Deliver Drug Paraphernalia had her case dismissed after Attorney Nelson filed a Motion to Dismiss because there was no probable cause to support the charges against her. (2015)

OWI-1st amended to Reckless Driving: Duluth, WI, woman had her OWI-1st amended to a Reckless Driving after Attorney Nelson convinced the City Attorney’s office that the video evidence of his client supported her story of innocence, and the BAC testing would not meet the burden. (2015)

DISMISSED charges: Osceola, WI, girl charged with Riding Illegally on Vehicle had her case dismissed. (2015)

OWI-1st amended to Inattentive Driving: Osceola, WI, man had his OWI-1st amended to an Reckless Driving on the morning or the jury trial. (2015)

3rd and 4th Degree Sexual Assault charges DISMISSED: Duluth, MN, man charged with 3rd and 4th Degree Sexual Assault had his charges dismissed after Attorney Nelson convinced the Assistant District Attorney that the State could not meet its burden. (2015)

OWI-1st amended to Inattentive Driving: Clear Lake, WI, man had his OWI-1st amended to an Inattentive Driving after Attorney Nelson convinced the District Attorney’s office that the Judge would grant Attorney Nelson’s Motion to Suppress evidence. (2015)

DISMISSED charges: A Minnesota college student (who attended Summer Set Music Festival in Somerset, Wisconsin) was charged with Possession with Intent to Deliver LSD, Possession of Methamphetamine and THC. The State was forced to dismiss this case after Attorney Nelson successful argued that the out-of-state security on duty at the Summer Set Music Festival (hired by law enforcement agencies) were acting as agents of the State in their quasi law enforcement efforts at the concert and violated his client’s 4th Amendment rights against unreasonable searches and seizures. (2015)

OWI-4th dismissed: Osceola, WI, man had his OWI-3rd charges dismissed after Attorney Nelson first reduced it from a 4th to a 3rd , then got the companion drug charges dismissed, then finally convinced the District Attorney that because client had prescription for medicine and was sleep-deprived, the State would not be able to provide beyond a reasonable doubt that he was “under the influence.” (2015)

OWI-1st amended to Reckless Driving: Lakeland, MN, man had his OWI-1st amended to a Reckless Driving mid-way through a court trial after Attorney Nelson convinced the Judge to disregard the breath test results due to the officer’s failure to complete the 20-minute observation period. (2015)

OWI-1st amended to Reckless Driving: Houlton, WI, man had his OWI-1st amended to a Reckless Driving after Attorney Nelson convinced the City Attorney’s office that the blood test results were inadmissible. (2015)

DISMISSED charges: New Richmond, WI, woman charged with Possession with Intent to Deliver Drug Paraphernalia had her case dismissed after Attorney Nelson filed a Motion to Dismiss and the judge granted his motion since there was no probable cause to support the charges against her. (2015)

OWI-1st amended to Disorderly Conduct with a Motor Vehicle: Hudson, WI, man had his OWI-1st amended to county ordinance violation of Disorderly Conduct with a Motor Vehicle after Attorney Nelson convinced the District Attorney’s office that the breath test would not be admissible and the State couldn’t meet their burden even if it was admissible. (2015)

NOT GUILTY of Possession with Intent to Deliver Methamphetamine – as Party to a Crime: New Richmond, WI, man charged with Possession with Intent to Deliver Methamphetamine (PTAC) was found “not guilty” by a jury after Attorney Nelson convinced the jury that the meth was possessed by a known and convicted drug dealer. (2015)

NOT GUILTY of Child Abuse Recklessly Causing Harm: River Falls, WI, man charged with Child Abuse Recklessly Causing Harm was found “not guilty” by a jury after Attorney Nelson convinced the jury the scientific evidence and testimony of the mother’s story was untrue. (2015)

NOT GUILTY of OWI-2nd: Hudson, WI, man charged with OWI-2nd was found “not guilty” by a jury after Attorney Nelson convinced the jury that another person was driving the motor vehicle. (2015)

DISMISSED by Tribal Judge at trial: Hayward, WI, man had his case dismissed by the Lac Courte Oreilles Tribal Judge after Attorney Nelson persuaded the judge that the plaintiff had not proven his case. (2015)

NOT GUILTY of Strangulation and Suffocation: Hager City, WI, man charged with Strangulation and Suffocation was found not guilty at a jury trial after Attorney Nelson successfully convinced the jury that his client was innocent. (2015)

OWI-1st amended to Inattentive Driving: Frederic, WI, man had his OWI-1st amended to an Inattentive Driving after Attorney Nelson convinced the District Attorney’s office that the blood test results were inadmissible. (2015)

OWI-1st and Failure to Keep Vehicle Under Control dismissed and plead to amended charge: Hudson, WI, man has his OWI-1st and Failure to Keep Vehicle Under Control cases dismissed on the morning of trial after Attorney Nelson successfully convinced the District Attorney’s Office that his client drank alcohol after the accident at home before the police arrived. (2014)

OWI-1st amended to Reckless Driving: Chanhassen, MN, man had his OWI-1st charge amended to Reckless Driving after Attorney Nelson convinced the District Attorney’s office that they could not prove the time of driving nor whether the driver was under the influence. (2014)

NOT GUILTY of Repeated Sexual Assault of Same Child: Buffalo City, WI, man charged with multiple counts of Repeated Sexual Assault of Same Child was found not guilty after a week-long jury trial. The jury deliberated less than two hours before agreeing with the defense that the child was only a victim of a custody struggle and being manipulated by her mother, but that she was not sexually assaulted. (2014)

FELONY MURDER Charges Dismissed: Hayward, WI, man has his felony Murder charges dismissed one week before the scheduled jury trial after Attorney Nelson convinced the District Attorney that the government could not meet its burden in this case. (2014)

NO CHARGES FILED – Matter Dismissed: New Brighton, MN, man was arrested for Battery and Disorderly Conduct. Attorney Nelson convinced the District Attorney not to file any charges against him. (2014)

DISMISSED charges: New Richmond, WI, man charged with Failure to Keep Tags While Using Dogs to Hunt Bear had his case dismissed after Attorney Nelson convinced the District Attorney on the eve of trial that the State could not meet their burden of proof at trial. (2014)

OWI-1st amended to Reckless Driving: Brooklyn Center, MN, woman had her OWI-1st charge amended to Reckless Driving after Attorney Nelson filed a motion to dismiss her refusal due to law enforcements use of an outdated Informing the Accused form. (2014)

REDUCED charges: Clear Lake, WI, man charged with a misdemeanor Disorderly conduct has his charges reduced to a County Ordinance violation. (2014)

OWI-2nd amended to Reckless Driving: Weyerhaeuser, WI, man had his OWI-2nd charge amended to Reckless Driving after Attorney Nelson convinced the State that they would have difficulty proving the element of operation and they could not prove that the breath test was not taken within three hours from the time of the “operation.” (2014)

NOT GUILTY of 1st Degree Intentional Homicide: Superior, WI, man found NOT GUILTY by a jury of the charge 1st Degree Intentional Homicide after Attorney Nelson successfully convinced the jury that one of the State’s prisoner witnesses was more likely to be the shooter than the accused. (2014)

Felony charges amended to Misdemeanor charges with expungement options: Ellsworth, WI, man charged with felony charges of 1st Degree Intentional Homicide-Unborn Child, Aggravated Battery-Unborn Child, and misdemeanor charge of Battery had his charges amended to misdemeanors with the possibility for expungement upon successful completely of his probation. (2014)

Sale or Manufacture of Drug Paraphernalia charges dropped: Agreement reached and charged against a Hudson, WI, business man dropped after Attorney Nelson convinced the City Attorney to dismiss the case because they would not convince a jury that the glass pipes in questions were actually “drug paraphernalia.” (2014)

OWI-1st amended to Reckless Driving: Clear Lake, WI, woman had her OWI-1st charge amended to Reckless Driving after Attorney Nelson convinced the City Attorney’s office that the blood test results were not reliable. (2014)

Misdemeanor charge of Disorderly Conduct reduced to Ordinance violations: Amery, WI, men both charged with a misdemeanor charge of Disorderly Conduct had charges reduced to ordinance violations, for which they then entered into a Deferred Prosecution Agreement. (2014)

Misdemeanor charge of Disorderly Conduct reduced to non-criminal county ordinance violation with expungement: Edina, MN, men charged with a misdemeanor charge of Disorderly Conduct had charges reduced to a county ordinance violation with the age-eligible man’s ordinance being expunged. (2014)

Felony charges of Manufacture/Deliver THC amended to one Misdemeanor charge of Possession of THC with expungement: Savage, MN, man charged with two felony counts of Manufacture/Deliver THC was amended to one misdemeanor charge of Possession of THC with expungement upon successful completion of probation. (2014)

OWI-1st amended to Reckless Driving: New Richmond, WI, man had his OWI-1st charge amended to Reckless Driving after Attorney Nelson convinced the District Attorney that they could not meet their burden of proof. (2014)

Misdemeanor charge of Sexual Intercourse with a Child amended to county ordinance violation of Disorderly Conduct: Spring Valley, MN, man charged with misdemeanor charge of Sexual Intercourse with a Child was amended to a county ordinance violation of Disorderly Conduct. (2014)

DISMISSED Felony Perjury charges: Frederic, WI, woman charged with felony Perjury had her case dismissed by the Judge at the preliminary examination after Attorney Nelson convinced the Judge that the State had not met their burden of proof. (2014)

NOT GUILTY OF Resisting/Obstructing an Officer: Osceola, WI, man charged with Resisting/Obstructing an Officer was found not guilty in a trial to the Court. (2013)

3 Felony charges of Repeated Sexual Assault of a Child (including 3 other felony charges), reduced to two misdemeanor charges 4th Degree Sexual Assault: Frederic, WI, man had his 3 felony charges of Repeated Sexual Assault of a Child (including 3 other felony charges) reduced to 2 counts of 4th Degree Sexual Assault after Attorney Nelson convinced the District Attorney’s office that the alleged victim’s statements continually contradicted themselves and she was so unreliable that a jury would not believe her beyond a reasonable doubt. (2013)

Injunction Denied and Dismissed: Hammond, WI, man had an Injunction denied and dismissed after Attorney Nelson appealed a Court Commissioner earlier ruling convinced the Judge that the petitioner had not met her burden of proof. (2013)

OWI-2nd reduced to OWI-1st: Mondovi, WI, woman had her OWI-2nd charge reduced to an OWI-1st after Attorney Nelson convinced the District Attorney’s office that the incident was outside the counting period for prior convictions. (2013)

OWI-1st amended to Reckless Driving: Mondovi, WI, man had his OWI-1st charge amended to Reckless Driving after Attorney Nelson convinced the District Attorney’s office that the blood test results showed that the prescription drugs in the driver’s blood was within the prescribed amount and would not have impacted the driver’s ability to safely operate a motor vehicle. (2013)

DISMISSED OWI-1st: Grantsburg, WI, man had his OWI-1st dismissed after Attorney Nelson convinced the District Attorney’s office that they could not prove when the driving occurred; our theory was he drove, then drank, then cop found him in car. (2013)

1st Degree Sexual Assault amended to Disorderly Conduct: Superior, WI, man charged with 1st Degree Sexual Assault had his charges amended to Disorderly Conduct, after Attorney Nelson presented his opening statement to the Assistant District Attorney just prior to the trial. Attorney Nelson convinced the Judge to place his client on probation with no jail and no sex offender supervision and expungement if he completes probation. (2013)

OWI-1st amended to Deviated From Lane and Following Too Closely: Cornell, WI, truck driver had his OWI-1st charge amended to Deviated from Lane and Following Too Closely, after Attorney Nelson convinced the city prosecutor that the blood sample would not be admissible at the trial. (2013)

DISMISSED OWI-1st: Prescott, WI, man had his OWI-1st charge dismissed after Attorney Nelson filed motions and convinced the District Attorney that the law enforcement officer’s stop of his client was not justified by the law. (2013)

OWI-1st amended to Reckless Driving: Birchwood, WI, man had his OWI-1st charge amended to Reckless Driving, after Attorney Nelson convinced the Judge at the municipal court trial that the blood test results were not admissible. (2013)

2nd Degree Sexual Assault amended to Disorderly Conduct: Hudson, WI, man charged with 2nd Degree Sexual Assault had his charges amended to Disorderly Conduct after Attorney Nelson convinced the District Attorney that he would not win at trial. Attorney Nelson then convinced the Judge to place his client on probation with no jail and no sex offender supervision and expungement if he completes probation. (2013)

DISMISSED OWI-1st: St. Paul, MN, woman had her OWI-1st dismissed in municipal court after Attorney Nelson convinced the Judge that the law enforcement’s the stop of his client was not justified by the law. (2013)

OWI-2nd amended to Reckless Driving: Burnsville, MN, woman had her OWI-2nd charge amended to Reckless Driving after Attorney Aaron Nelson’s cross-examination of the arresting officer at a motion hearing. (2013)

OWI-1st amended to Reckless Driving: Iowa man had his OWI charge amended to Reckless Driving on the eve of jury trial. (2012)

OWI-1st amended to Failure to Stop at Stop Sign: Woodville, WI, man charged with OWI-1st plead to an amended charge of Failure to Stop at Stop Sign after defense filed a motion in limine precluding the government from admitting the breath test into evidence. (2012)

OWI-1st with Refusal amended to Inattentive Driving: Hudson, WI, veteran of the Navy who was physically unable to complete an intoximeter test had his “refusal” dismissed after expert testimony from Mary McMurray along with testimony from this treating physician. After wining the Refusal Hearing, the OWI was then amended to Reckless Driving. (2012)

OWI-1st amended to Inattentive Driving: Frederick, WI man had his OWI-1st amended to Inattentive Driving after prolonged negotiations with the government which included discussion of client’s successful completion of the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests. (2012)

JUDGE ORDERS NEW JURY TRIAL in OWI-1st case: Baldwin, WI, man charged with OWI-1st. After a two-day jury trial and a finding of “not guilty” to PAC but “guilty” to OWI, the judge set aside the jury’s verdict ordered a new trial based on the interests of justice. Then, prior to the second trial, the intoximeter test result was suppressed and the government amended the charge to Inattentive Driving. (2012)

INNOCENT!! of 1st Degree Sexual Assault of a Child – Contact with child Under Age 13 and Child Enticement: Turtle Lake, WI, man had all charges completely dismissed after it was proven that the alleged victim lied to Investigators. After the charges were dismissed, the CCAP record was expunged, based upon client’s actual innocence. Attorney Aaron Nelson worked fast to obtain surveillance and GPS information which helped prove our client’s innocence. (2012)

NOT GUILTY of Theft: Woodville, WI, Walmart employee charged with theft after an alleged mistake in the handling a return of a gift card was found NOT GUILTY by a Hudson Municipal Court Judge. (2012)

NOT GUILTY of Possess Game During Closed Season and Kill Bear without License: Turtle Lake, WI, farmer charged with two misdemeanors after killing a bear to protect his livestock and property was found NOT GUILTY by a Polk County jury. (2012)

NOT GUILTY of Lewd and Lascivious Behavior: Stockholm, WI, woman charged with Lewd and Lascivious Behavior was found NOT GUILTY by a Pepin County jury. (2012)

OWI-1st Amended to Reckless Driving:
New Richmond, WI, woman charged with OWI-1st accepted an offer to plead to an amended charge of Reckless Driving after defense filed a motion in limine precluding the government from admitting the breath test into evidence at trial due to law enforcements use of an outdated Informing the Accused form. (2012)

OWI-3rd amended to OWI-1st: Deer Park, WI, man charged with Operating While Under the Influence – 3rd offense. After successful attacking an OWI conviction in Wyoming and an OWI conviction in Amery Municipal Court, the Government was forced to amend the charge to an OWI-1st. (2012)

OWI-1st amended to Inattentive Driving: New Richmond, WI, man charged with Operating While Under the Influence. After a Motion Hearing wherein Judge Nemec agreed to suppress the chemical test in this case, the City Attorney agreed to amend the charge to Inattentive Driving with a Motor Vehicle rather than continue with the case. (2012)

DISMISSED charge of Possession of THC: New Richmond, WI, woman charged with Possession of THC case was originally heard in New Richmond Municipal Court where the municipal judge erroneously found her client guilty of Possession of THC, despite the test results showing that the substance seized at the incident was not THC or any drug. Attorney Nelson appealed this decision to the St. Croix County Circuit Court and the Circuit Court judge dismissed the charges. (2011)

OWI-1st amended to Reckless Driving: Ellsworth, WI, man charged with Operating While Under the Influence. After appearing at the DOT Administrative Suspension Review hearing, the examiner agreed that the one or more of the tests were not administered according to the law. Thereafter, the City Attorney agreed to amend the charge to Reckless Driving rather than continue with the case. (2011)

OWI-1st amended to Disorderly Conduct with a Motor Vehicle: Maple Grove, MN, man charged with Operating While Under the Influence. During a Motion Hearing, the Assistant District Attorney agreed to amend the charge to Disorderly Conduct with a Motor Vehicle rather than continue with the hearing and case. (2011)

NOT GUILTY of OWI-1st with Child in Vehicle: Somerset, MN, man charged with criminal OWI-1st with Child under the age of 16 in the vehicle is found NOT GUILTY by a St. Croix County jury. (2011)

DISMISSED charge of OWI-1st: Eau Claire, WI, woman charged with OWI-1st. Case was originally heard in River Falls Municipal Court where the municipal judge found client guilty of OWI-1st. Attorney Nelson appealed this decision to the Pierce County Circuit Court and the Circuit Court judge granted our motion to suppress resulting in the OWI charge being dismissed. (2011)

OWI-1st Amended to Inattentive Driving: Osceola, WI, man charged with OWI-1st accepted an offer to plead to an amended charge of Inattentive Driving after defense filed a motion in limine precluding the government from admitting the breath test into evidence at trial due to law enforcements use of an outdated Informing the Accused form. (2011)

OWI-1st Amended to Inattentive Driving: Clayton, WI, man charged with OWI-1st accepted an offer to plead to an amended charge of Inattentive Driving. The government agreed that the stop and arrest was constitutionally questionable since all the officer knew at the time of the arrest was that client was driving a vehicle that ended up in the ditch after leaving a bar. (2011)

OWI-1st Amended to Reckless Driving: Exeland, WI, man charged with OWI-1st accepted an offer to plead to an amended charge of Reckless Driving after defense filed a motion in limine precluding the government from admitting the breath test into evidence at trial due to law enforcements use of an outdated Informing the Accused form. (2011)

DISMISSED felony Perjury charges: Bloomer, WI, man charged with Perjury for testimony he gave at a motion hearing. After Attorney Nelson cross-examined the government’s only witness, the judge DISMISSED the case at the preliminary hearing. (2011)

AMENDED charge of OWI-1st (Drugs): Madison, WI, student charged with Operating While Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance. During the Motion to Suppress hearing, the Assistant District Attorney agreed to amend the charge to Speeding rather than continue with the hearing and case. (2011)

DISMISSED charge of Unsafe Lane Deviation: Stratford, WI, man and over-the-road truck driver charged with Inattentive Driving. Less than two weeks before trial, the State amended the charge to Unsafe Lane Deviation. At trial, after Attorney Nelson cross-examined the government’s witness, the judge granted a directed verdict for the defense and DISMISSED all of the charges. (2011)

OWI-1st Amended to Inattentive Driving: Luck, WI, man charged with OWI-1st accepted an offer to plead to an amended charge of Inattentive Driving after defense filed motions to suppress evidence. (2011)

DISMISSED charge of Possess/Loan/Borrow Another’s License: The case against two Baldwin, WI, men individually charged with Possess/Loan/Borrow Another’s License was DISMISSED at trial after Attorney Nelson cross-examined the government’s witnesses and the judge agreed with our motion for a directed verdict and found both individuals NOT GUILTY. (2011)

NOT GUILTY of OWI-1st: Wayzata, MN, man charged with OWI is found NOT GUILTY at trial in Municipal Court. (2011)

DISMISSED felony Theft charge: Beldenville, WI, man charged with felony Theft. At trial, after all of the testimony was received, Pierce County Judge Boles granted my request for a directed verdict and DISMISSED the Theft charges. (2010)

NOT GUILTY felony Misconduct of Public Employee charge: Beldenville, WI, man charged with felony Misconduct of Public Employee was found NOT GUILTY by a jury in Pierce County. (2010)

DISMISSED OWI-1st: Hopkins, MN, man charged with OWI-1st has case dismissed after Attorney Nelson’s motion to suppress was granted when Court found that the arresting police officer lacked probable cause to administer the preliminary breath test (“PBT”), resulting in a lack of probable cause to arrest. (2010)

DISMISSED OWI-2nd: Frederic, WI, man charged with OWI-2nd has charges reduced to a non-criminal Reckless Driving during Attorney Nelson’s requested a motion hearing in front of Judge GaleWyrick. (2010)

DISMISSED felony Sex with child Age 16 or Older: Menomonie, WI, woman charged with having sex with a 16-year-old boy. At trial, after all of the testimony was received, Dunn County Judge Smeltzer granted my requested for a directed verdict and DISMISSED the case. (2010)

DISMISSED felony Perjury charges: Ellsworth, WI, man charged with Perjury when for testimony he gave at co-defendant’s trial, which resulted in co-defendant being found NOT GUILTY. Pierce County Judge Wing granted my motion to DISMISS the case. (2010)

NOT GUILTY verdict in OWI-1st: Andover, MN, man charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle While Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance in Siren, WI was found NOT GUILTY in trial to Court in Burnett County. (2010)

NOT GUILTY verdict in felony Burglary and Party to a Crime: River Falls, WI, man charged with Burglarizing a River Falls home after he was found in possession of stolen property was found NOT GUILTY by jury in Pierce County. (2010)

NOT GUILTY verdict in felony Bail Jumping: A River Falls, WI, man charged with Bail Jumping for allegedly yelling profanity in downtown River Falls at the alleged victim of a River Falls Burglary was found NOT GUILTY in trial to Court in Pierce County. (2010)

HUNG JURY in felony Burglary Charges:
River Falls, WI, man charged with Burglarizing a River Falls home after he was found in possession of stolen property was not convicted when the jury could not unanimously agree resulting in a HUNG JURY in Pierce County. (2009) Retried on February 5, 2010, resulting in a NOT GUILTY verdict. (2010)

NOT GUILTY verdict in Homicide by Negligent Operation of a Vehicle: Boyceville, WI, man was charged with Vehicular Homicide for allegedly being the driver involved in a one car accident outside of Menomonie in which a person in the car was killed. Client was found NOT GUILTY by a jury in Dunn County. (2009)

As a result of this case, in March 2010, Aaron Nelson was awarded Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers’ Martin Hanson Advocates Prize for his defense of a client in a Dunn County Homicide by Negligent Operation of a Vehicle case in which the Dunn County jury found his client Not Guilty.

Each year, the Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (“WACDL”) honors criminal defense attorneys practicing in Wisconsin who have won an acquittal in a homicide case or secured a dismissal on the merits of the case. The Martin Hanson Advocate’s Prize is named in honor of a Wisconsin criminal defense lawyer regarded as one of the State’s finest for his generation and the founder of WACDL. Aaron Nelson won the Award in 2010.

DISMISSED OWI-1st: Somerset, WI, woman charged with Drunk Driving (OWI, PAC, OUI, DUI) has case DISMISSED after Attorney Nelson gets all evidence suppressed based on the police officer illegal seizure of her vehicle. (2009)

NOT GUILTY verdict in Possession of Marijuana: Cochrane, WI, man charged with possession of THC (Marijuana) stemming from an incident in Alma, WI wherein client was in a vehicle with four other people and allegedly observed by a police officer using a marijuana pipe was found NOT GUILTY by jury in Buffalo County. (2009)

NOT GUILTY verdict in Failure to Attach Ear Tag to Deer Carcass: Beldenville, WI, man was charged with Failure to Attach Ear Tag to Deer Carcass stemming from an incident outside Ellsworth where client helped a friend place a deer his friend killed into the back of his truck. Client was found NOT GUILTY by a jury in Pierce County. (2009)

NOT GUILTY verdict in Theft greater than $10,000: St. Paul, MN, man charged with Felony Theft for allegedly stealing money while performing duties as Power of Attorney was found NOT GUILTY by jury in St. Croix County. (2009)

STATEMENTS SUPRESSED: Illinois man was charged with two counts of Felony Robbery with Threat of Force and Armed Robbery. Attorney Nelson successfully argued to suppress statements of the client. In addition, Attorney Nelson filed Motions in Limine suppressing DNA evidence, which when GRANTED by the Court in St. Croix County, resulted in the trial being postponed and the client being released from jail. (2009)

DISMISSED OWI-1st: Amery, WI, man was charged with Operating While Under the Influence (1st) after he was in a motorcycle accident in Houlton involving no other vehicles. At the time of the arrest, client was unconscious due to his injuries from the accident. Attorney Nelson successfully argued that the arrest was unlawful and case was DISMISSED by a St. Croix County Judge. (2009)

DISMISSED Misconduct in Office: Prescott, WI, police officer, charged with felony Misconduct in Office by allegedly making a false entry into a police report in his capacity as a police officer. After the preliminary examination, Pierce County Judge Wing granted our motion to dismiss. (2008)

DISMISSED Disorderly Conduct and Obstructing an Officer: Bloomer, WI, Police Chief was charged with Disorderly Conduct (2x) and Obstructing an Officer (2x) for his involvement in incident at the Bloomer Police Station where in the Chief was trying to persuade Chippewa County Sheriff’s Deputies to not arrest young lady for violating a no-contact injunction. After Attorney Nelson successfully argued that two of the charges needed to be dismissed due to lack of probable cause, the Judge agreed and then the special prosecutor later dismissed the balance of the charges on the eve of the trial. (2008)

NOT GUILTY of First Degree Intentional Homicide, but convicted of Second Degree Intentional Homicide: Star Prairie, WI, man was charged with stabbing his girlfriend to death in an incident near the Apple River in Somerset, but was found NOT GUILTY of First Degree Intentional Homicide after Attorney Nelson successfully argued he was acting in self-defense. However, despite his acting in self-defense, the jury determined the client’s beliefs were unreasonable and he was found guilty of Second Degree Homicide. (2008)

CASE DISMISSED: Amery, WI, man charged with possession of child pornography has case dismissed after Aaron Nelson’s closing argument to the Judge; rather than respond, the government (Polk County DA) chose to dismiss. (2006)

NOT GUILTY verdict in Possession of Marijuana: Brooklyn Park, MN, woman charged with Possession with Intent to Deliver Marijuana based on 26 pounds of marijuana found in her car while driving on Interstate 94 near Hudson was found NOT GUILTY in trial to Court in St. Croix County. (2006)

NOT GUILTY verdict in Sexual Assault by therapist: Taylors Falls, MN, woman therapist charged with Sexual Assault of one of her patients in Ellsworth, WI, found NOT GUILTY in a trial to the Court in Pierce County. (2005)

NOT GUILTY verdict in felony Substantial Battery: River Falls, WI, mayor charged with multiple counts of felony Substantial Battery for his use of a baseball bat in a back alley fight in River Falls, WI, was found NOT GUILTY by jury in self-defense case in Pierce County. (2003)

NOT GUILTY verdict in Battery: River Falls, WI, man charged with Domestic Abuse/Violence in Hudson was found NOT GUILTY by jury in St. Croix County. (2000)

NOT GUILTY verdict in felony Child Abuse: Hudson, WI, male babysitter charged with multiple counts of felony Child Abuse in Roberts, WI was found NOT GUILTY by jury in St. Croix County. (2000)

NOT GUILTY verdict in Child Sexual Assault: Mondovi, WI, mother charged with 12 counts of Child Sexual Assault to children in Menomonie was found NOT GUILTY by jury after Attorney Nelson successfully presented a battered women/coercion defense in the Dunn County case. (2000)

NOT GUILTY verdict in Battery and Disorderly Conduct: New Richmond, WI, man charged with Domestic Abuse/Violence in New Richmond, WI was found NOT GUILTY in jury trial in St. Croix County. (1999)

NOT GUILTY verdict in child sexual assault: Maiden Rock, WI, man charged with Child Sexual Assault to his daughter found NOT GUILTY in trial to the Court in Pierce County. (1998)

NOT GUILTY verdict on Injury/Death by Giving Alcohol to a Minor Child: Menomonie, WI, man charged with being responsible for the death of an Ellsworth Teenager for allegedly selling her beer. Client was found NOT GUILTY by a jury in Pierce County. (1998)

NOT GUILTY verdict on OWI-2nd: New Richmond, WI, man charged with Drunk Driving in Ellsworth, WI was found NOT GUILTY by jury in Pierce County. (1997)

NOT GUILTY verdict in Intentionally Pointing Firearm at Person: Clayton, WI, woman was charged with pointing a firearm at man outside her cabin in Balsam Lake was found NOT GUILTY by jury in Polk County. (1997)

DISMISSED felony Armed Robbery: Hudson, WI, teenager charged with Armed Robbery with a gun at a Subway Restaurant in Hudson, WI, has Armed Robbery charge dismissed during the jury trial.

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