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  • 2019

    Reduced: OWI-4th to OWI-3rd

    Bloomer, WI, man was charged in Chippewa County with felony operating while intoxicated (“OWI”) and operating with a prohibited alcohol concentration (“PAC”), both as felony fourth offenses. Attorney Nero filed a motion challenging a prior conviction. That motion was granted and the felony OWI-4th offense was reduced to a misdemeanor OWI-3rd offense, saving the client from a felony conviction – an important matter to him because felons cannot possess firearms and the client enjoyed this constitutional right – as well as a lengthier jail sentence, revocation and ignition interlock.

     

    Reduced: OWI-7th to OWI-6th

    Roberts, WI, man was charged in St. Croix County with operating while intoxicated (“OWI”) as a seventh offense. Unfortunately, OWI-7th+ carries mandatory minimum prison time – not just time in the county jail. Attorney Nero knew he had to find a problem with one of the prior offenses, some of which dated back to the late 1980s. Luckily, Attorney Nero discovered a flaw with one of the older prior offenses and filed a motion to collaterally attack (or “throw out”) that prior conviction. That motion was granted and the client was then able to resolve his case as an OWI-6th offense, saving him from a mandatory three-year prison sentence.

     

    Dismissed: OWI-1st

    Princeton, MN, man was charged in the City of Sparta with operating while intoxicated (“OWI”) as a first offense, as well as the more serious offense of refusing to take a chemical test for intoxication after arrest. Attorney Nero convinced the prosecutor that the arresting officer was not a believable witness. The prosecution agreed to dismiss all charges against this young man.

     

    Reduced: OWI-4th to OWI-3rd

    Ellsworth, WI, man was charged in Pierce County with felony operating while intoxicated (“OWI”) and operating with a prohibited alcohol concentration (“PAC”), both as felony fourth offenses. Attorney Nero filed a motion challenging a prior conviction. That motion was granted and the felony OWI-4th offense was reduced to a misdemeanor OWI-3rd offense, saving the client from a felony conviction – an important matter to him because felons cannot possess firearms and the client enjoyed bonding with his son on hunting trips – as well as a lengthier jail sentence, revocation and ignition interlock. The end result was a much shorter sentence that the client was able to serve in his own home on electronic monitoring.

     

    Dismissed: OWI-6th

    Eau Claire, WI, man was charged in Chippewa County with operating while intoxicated (“OWI”) and operating with a prohibited alcohol concentration (“PAC”), both as felony sixth offenses. Attorney Nero began his defense by challenging an older prior conviction that the client’s previous lawyer allowed to go unchallenged in the previous case. Due to this challenge, the person’s OWI/PAC-6th offense was reduced to an OWI/PAC-5th offense. However, that was only the beginning. Attorney Nero filed a motion to suppress (a legal term for “throw out”) evidence because Wisconsin OWI laws only apply on public streets and highways, but Attorney Nero’s client drove only on a private and barricaded parade route. Based upon Attorney Nero’s performance at the motion hearing, the Court granted the motion to suppress evidence. Without any remaining proof, the district attorney dismissed the case entirely. This client did not just avoid a felony conviction in this case – he avoided having any conviction at all.

     

    Reduced: OWI-3rd to Reckless Driving

    New Richmond, WI, man was charged in Sawyer County with operating while intoxicated (“OWI”) and operating with a prohibited alcohol concentration (“PAC”), both as third offenses. Attorney Nero filed a slew of motions to suppress (a legal term for “throw out”) evidence due to the Wisconsin State Patrol sergeant’s decision to delay the traffic stop by about 30 minutes to have a new recruit respond to the location to get on-the-job training for field sobriety tests, the practice of having OWI arrestees’ blood drawn in the Sawyer County Jail, and other issues. On the day of the motion hearing, the prosecution admitted his concerns about being able to defeat the Defense’s legal challenges. Attorney Nero’s client was able to plead to a non-criminal and non-alcohol-related traffic citation, saving his client from mandatory jail time, license revocation, ignition interlock, massive fines, alcohol treatment, and an OWI conviction.

     

    Reduced: OWI-1st to Inattentive Driving 

    Spring Valley, WI, man was charged in Pierce County with operating while intoxicated (“OWI”), operating with a detectable amount of a restricted controlled substance (“RCS”), failure to notify police of an accident, and failure to keep vehicle under control. Attorney Nero pointed out to the prosecutor that the prescriptions in his client’s system were not restricted controlled substances under Wisconsin law, that his client had made it home some time before the police arrived, and that he suffered a concussion in the accident where he swerved to avoid a deer. Rather than fight a potentially losing battle in front of a jury, the prosecutor agreed to amend the OWI to “inattentive driving,” and dismissed the remaining citations. The end result: no alcohol- or drug-related conviction, no license revocation, and no court-ordered treatment.

     

    Reduced: OWI-1st to Reckless Driving   

    Chaska, MN, man was charged in the City of Hudson with operating while intoxicated (“OWI”) and operating with a prohibited alcohol concentration (“PAC”), both as first offenses. This driver left a wedding party and was seen by police to be stumbling from the bar to his car. The police claimed to pull him over after seeing him make an unsignaled turn into a parking lot of a closed business. Attorney Nero argued to the prosecutor that there was no basis for the traffic stop because the unsignaled turn did not violate Wisconsin law. Rather than fight a losing battle, the prosecution offered a plea to reckless driving, saving the client from a driver’s license revocation, large fines, mandatory alcohol treatment, and an OWI conviction.


    Dismissed: OWI-3rd      

    St. Paul, MN, man was charged in St. Croix County with operating while intoxicated (“OWI”) and operating with a prohibited alcohol concentration (“PAC”), both as third offenses. This driver arrived in a parking lot, where he remained for several minutes before the police detained him and forced him to provide a breath sample. Attorney Nero successfully argued to the prosecutor that he could not meet his burden of proof because the evidence was consistent with drinking after driving – also called post-operation consumption – rather than operating while intoxicated. Attorney Nero convinced the prosecutor that his client could be innocent. The prosecution then dismissed all OWI charges, avoiding mandatory jail time, a lengthy driver’s license revocation, ignition interlock, and massive fines.

  • 2018

    Reduced: OWI-4th to OWI-3rd        

    Bloomer, WI, man had his OWI-4th charge amended to an OWI-3rd after Attorney Nero successfully collaterally attacked a prior Georgia DWI conviction.


    Reduced: OWI-1st to Reckless Driving          

    St. Croix Falls, WI, man had his OWI-1st charge amended to a Reckless Driving after Attorney Nero appealed a municipal court conviction to circuit court.


    Reduced: OWI-2nd to OWI-1st          

    Pennsylvania man had his OWI-2nd charge amended to OWI-1st after the Defense's Motion to Suppress was granted.


    Dismissed: Resisting an Officer Disorderly Conduct 

    Tomah, WI, man had his Disorderly Conduct and Resisting and Officer charges dismissed after Judge granted the Defense's Motion to Dismiss.


    Dismissed: Terrorist Threats  

    Superior, WI, man charged with making terrorist threats had his case dismissed after Judge granted the Defense's Motion to Dismiss.


    No Charges: Title IX (Sexual Assault) 

    Title IX investigation resulted in no findings against client (a St. Olaf College student)


    Reduced: OWI-1st to Reckless Driving   
           

    Hudson WI, man had his OWI-1st charge amended to a Reckless Driving after Attorney Nero 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. 


    Dismissed: OWI-3rd  
     

    Wisconsin man had his OWI-3rd charge amended to a municipal OWI-1st after Attorney Nero successfully attacked two prior Colorado DWAI convictions.


    Dismissed: OWI-3rd   

    Ladysmith, WI, man had his OWI-3rd charge dismissed after Attorney Nero’s suppression motion was granted on motion to reconsider.


    Released from Prison APPEAL: Manufacture/Delivery of THC         

    Motion for resentencing granted and client was released from prison with time served


    Reduced: OWI-1st      

    Waukesha, WI, man had his OWI-1st charge amended to an absolute sobriety violation after Attorney Nero convinced the prosecutor that they could not meet their burden of proving a BAC of 0.08 or above.


    Dismissed: Possession of Marijuana Possession of Drug Paraphernalia      

    Fridley, MN, man charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia had his case dismissed after Attorney Nero convinced an Assistant District Attorney that convictions would be unjust.


    Dismissed: Misdemeanor Bail Jumping         

    Elmwood, WI, man charged with misdemeanor bail jumping had his case dismissed on the eve of trial after Attorney Nelson convinced the District Attorney that they could not meet their burden of proof.


    Dismissed: Possession with Intent to Deliver THC, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Misdemeanor Bail Jumping   

    Prescott, WI, man had various charges, possession with intent to deliver THC, possession of drug paraphernalia, and misdemeanor bail jumping dismissed after Attorney Nelson convinced an Assistant District Attorney that they could not meet their burden of proof.


    Dismissed: Injunction (Domestic Abuse)       

    Chetek, WI, man had an Injunction denied and dismissed after Attorney Nelson convinced the Court Commissioner that the petitioner had not met her burden of proof. 


    Dismissed: Forgery Medical Assistance Fraud          

    Spring Valley, WI, man charged with felony forgery and medical assistance fraud had his case dismissed by the Judge at the preliminary examination after Attorney Nelson convinced the Judge that the State had not met its burden of proof. 


    Dismissed: Disorderly Conduct  
            

    Duluth, MN, woman had her domestic disorderly conduct case dismissed after Attorney Nero convinced an Assistant District Attorney to dismiss all charges.


    Dismissed: Disorderly Conduct, Felony Bail Jumping, 4th Degree Sexual Assault, False Imprisonment, Misdemeanor Battery    

    Cable, WI, man had various charges including, disorderly conduct, felony bail jumping, 4th degree sexual assault, false imprisonment, and misdemeanor battery dismissed after Attorney Nelson convinced an Assistant Attorney General that they could not meet their burden of proof.


    Reduced: Various Traffic Tickets to Reckless Driving

    North Branch, MN, man had several hit-and-run offenses, which would have resulted in permanent job loss and CDL disqualification, amended to one charge of Reckless Driving.


    Reduced: OWI-2nd to Disorderly Conduct    

    Janesville, WI, man had his OWI-2nd charge – which would have resulted in permanent job loss and CDL disqualification – amended to misdemeanor disorderly conduct after Attorney Nero convinced the prosecutor, over a period of several months, that it was the right thing to do.


    Reduced: Disorderly Conduct to County Ordinance 

    Ellsworth, WI man had his Disorderly Conduct charge amended to a noncriminal county ordinance violation after Attorney Nero convinced the Assistant District Attorney that he could not meet the burden of proof. 


    Reduced: OWI-1st to Reckless Driving          

    Hudson, WI, man had his OWI-1st charge amended to a Reckless Driving after Attorney Nero convinced the prosecutor that he could not meet his burden because his client was below a 0.08 at the time of driving. 


    Reduced: OWI-1st to Reckless Driving     
         

    River Falls, WI, man had his OWI-1st with a Refusal – which would have resulted in 1-year job loss and CDL disqualification – amended to a Reckless Driving after Attorney Nero convinced the prosecutor that she could not meet his burden.


    No Charges: Sexual Assault   

    Wisconsin man investigated for sexual assault.  Attorney Nelson convinced the police agency investigating the alleged assault that a crime was committed.  The police agency closed their investigation and chose not to forward charges to the District Attorney’s office.


    Reduced: OWI-3rd to OWI-2nd    
         

    White Bear Lake, MN man had his OWI-3rd charge amended to an OWI-2nd after Attorney Nero successfully collaterally attacked a prior Minnesota DWI conviction.


    Dismissed: Shoot at Caged/Staked Animals  

    Wisconsin man charged with shooting at caged/staked animals had his case dismissed after Attorney Nelson convinced the District Attorney that they could not meet their burden of proof.


    Dismissed: OWI-2nd  

    Lakeville, MN man had his OWI-2nd case dismissed after Attorney Nero convinced the District Attorney that he could not meet his burden of proof.


    Dismissed: 2nd-Degree Sexual Assault          

    Spring Valley, WI man had his 2nd-Degree sexual assault charge dismissed after Attorney Nelson filed numerous pretrial motions which helped to convince the District Attorney that they could not meet their burden of proof.

  • 2017

    Dismissed: OWI-1st

    Beldenville, WI, man had his OWI-1st case dismissed after Attorney Nero convinced the District Attorney that they could not meet their burden of proof due to issues with the arresting officer’s credibility.

    Reduced: OWI-1st 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.

    Reduced: OWI-1st to Reckless Driving

    Menomonie, WI, man had his OWI-1st charge amended to a Reckless Driving after Attorney Nero convinced the prosecutor that the traffic stop was unlawful.

    Dismissed: Homicide by Negligent Operation of Motor Vehicle

    Minnesota woman had her homicide by negligent operation of a motor vehicle charge dismissed after Attorney Nero successfully litigated pretrial issues and convinced an Assistant Attorney General that they could not meet their burden of proof.

    Dismissed: Sexual Intercourse with a Child, Strangulation and Suffocation

    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.

    Reduced: OWI-3rd 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 his cross-examination of the arresting officer.

    Reduced: OWI-1st 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.

    Reduced: 2nd Degree Sexual Assault to Disorderly Conduct

    Wyoming man charged with four counts of 2nd Degree Sexual Assault has charges amended to one count of Disorderly Conduct with the possibility of expungement after two years after convincing the Prosecution the Defense would win the trial.

    Reduced Charge: Felony Theft to Disorderly Conduct

    Hager City, WI woman had her felony theft charges amended to a County Ordinance violation after Attorney Nelson convinced the District Attorney that they could not meet their burden of proof.

    Dismissed: 1st Degree Child Sexual Assault

    Waxahachie, TX man had his 1st-degree child sexual assault charge dismissed on the eve of trial after Attorney Nelson convinced the District Attorney that they could not meet their burden of proof.

    Dismissed: ATV/UTV Intoxicated Operation and Careless Operation of ATV/UTV

    Turtle Lake, WI man had his intoxicated operation of an ATV/UTV and careless operation of an ATV/UTV charges dismissed.

    Reduced Charge: OWI-2nd to Reckless Driving

    Woodville, WI man had his OWI-2nd charge amended to a Reckless Driving after Attorney Nero convinced the Assistant District Attorney that they could not meet their burden of proof.

    Reduced Charge: OWI-2nd to Reckless Driving

    Withee, WI man had his OWI-2nd charge amended to a Reckless Driving after Attorney Nero convinced the Assistant District Attorney that they could not meet their burden of proof.

    Reduced Charge: Disorderly Conduct to County Ordinance

    Solon, IA man had his Disorderly Conduct charge amended to a County Ordinance violation after Attorney Nero convinced the Assistant District Attorney that they could not meet their burden of proof.

    Dismissed: 2nd Degree Reckless Homicide

    Weyerhaeuser, WI, man charged with 2nd Degree Reckless Homicide has his case dismissed after Attorney Nelson convinced the prosecutor that they could not meet their burden of proof. (Rusk County)

    Dismissed: Battery, Disorderly Conduct and Negligent Handling of a Weapon

    Arden Hills, MN, woman charged with misdemeanor battery, disorderly conduct, and negligent handling of a weapon had her case dismissed after Attorney Nelson convinced the District Attorney that they could not meet their burden of proof. (St. Croix County)

    Reduced Charge: 2nd Degree Sexual Assault to Disorderly Conduct

    Woodville, WI, man charged with four counts of 2nd Degree Sexual Assault has charges amended to one count of Disorderly Conduct with the possibility of expungement after two years. (St. Croix County)

    Reduced Charge: OWI-1st 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. (Dunn County)

    Dismissed: Sexual Intercourse with a Child, Strangulation and Suffocation

    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. (St. Croix County)

    Reduced Charge: OWI-3rd 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. (Polk County)

    Reduced Charge: OWI-1st 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. (St. Croix County)

  • 2016

    Reduced Charge: OWI-3rd 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. (St. Croix County)

    Dismissed: OWI-4th

    After several filings 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. (St. Croix County)


    Reduced Charge:OWI-1st 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. (Burnett County)


    Reduced Charge: OWI-1st 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. (Village of Turtle Lake)


    Reduced Charge: OWI-1st 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. (St. Croix County)


    Dismissed: Felony Burglary of Dwelling and Misdemeanor Theft

    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. (St. Croix County)


    Dismissed: Felony Possession of Methamphetamine, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

    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. (Dunn County)


    Dismissed: 2nd Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety

    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. (St. Croix County)


    Reduced Charge: OWI-1st 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. (Pierce County)


    Dismissed: OWI-Homicide

    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. (St. Croix County)


    Dismissed: Possession with Intent to Deliver THC and Maintaining Drug Residence as a Party to a Crime

    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. (St. Croix County)

  • 2015

    Dismissed: Possession with Intent to Deliver Drug Paraphernalia

    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. (St. Croix County)


    Reduced Charge: OWI-1st 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. (City of Sparta)


    Dismissed: Riding Illegally on Vehicle

    Osceola, WI, girl charged with Riding Illegally on Vehicle had her case dismissed. (City of New Richmond)


    Reduced Charge: OWI-1st to Inattentive Driving

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


    Dismissed: 3rd and 4th Degree Sexual Assault

    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. (Douglas County)


    Reduced Charge: OWI-1st 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. (Polk County)


    Dismissed: Possession with Intent to Deliver LSD, Possession of Methamphetamine and THC

    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. (St. Croix County)


    Dismissed: OWI-4th

    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.” (St. Croix County)


    Reduced Charges: OWI-1st 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. (St. Croix County)


    Reduced Charge: OWI-1st 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. (Village of Baldwin)


    Dismissed: Possession with Intent to Deliver Drug Paraphernalia

    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. (St. Croix County)


    Reduced Charge: OWI-1st to Disorderly Conduct with 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 that the breath test would not be admissible and the State couldn’t meet their burden even if it was admissible. (St. Croix County)


    Dismissed: Tribal Court

    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. (Lac Courte Oreilles Tribal Court)


    Reduced Charge: OWI-1st 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. (Burnett County)


    Dismissed: OWI-1st and Failure to Keep Vehicle Under Control

    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. (St. Croix County)


    Reduced Charge: OWI-1st 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. (Burnett County)


    Dimissed: Felony Murder

    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. (Sawyer County)


    No Charges Filed: Battery and Disorderly Conduct

    New Brighton, MN, man was arrested for Battery and Disorderly Conduct. Attorney Nelson convinced the District Attorney not to file any charges against him. (Polk County)


    Dismissed: Failure to Keep Tags While Using Dogs to Hunt Bear

    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. (Bayfield County)


    Reduced Charges: OWI-1st 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. (Village of Cameron)


    Reduced Charges: Misdemeanor Disorderly Conduct to County Ordinance

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


    Reduced Charges: OWI-2nd 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.” (Barron County)


    Reduced Charges: Felony Charges to Misdemeanor Charges

    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. (Pierce County)


    Dismissed: Sale or Manufacture of Drug Paraphernalia

    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.” (City of Hudson)


    Reduced Charges: OWI-1st 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. (Village of Woodville)


    Reduced Charges: Misdemeanor Disorderly Conduct to County Ordinance

    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. (Polk County)


    Reduced Charges: Misdemeanor Disorderly Conduct to County Ordinance

    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. (Polk County)


    Reduced Charges: Felony Charges to Misdemeanor Charges

    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. (Dunn County)


    Reduced Charges: OWI-1st 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. (St. Croix County)


    Reduced Charges: Sexual Intercourse with a Child to Disorderly Conduct

    Spring Valley, WI, man charged with misdemeanor charge of Sexual Intercourse with a Child was amended to a county ordinance violation of Disorderly Conduct. (Pierce County)


    Dismissed: Felony Perjury

    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. (Polk County)

  • Older

    3 Felony charges of Repeated Sexual Assault of a Child (including 3 other felony charges), reduced to two misdemeanor charges 4thFrederic, 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 winning 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.)

    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.)

    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.)

    Dismissed 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.)

    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.)

    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.)

    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. (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.)

    Statements Surpressed: 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.)

    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.)

    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.