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Charges Dismissed:

Client was stopped because he was driving a vehicle that was owned by a person who's driving privileges had been suspended. Attorney Knuesel filed a motion to dismiss based on the officer's knowledge that client was not the registered owner of the vehicle and the stop was therefore, not justified. The charges were dismissed by the State at the hearing on the motion.

Charges Dismissed:

Client was charged with Fifth Degree Possession of Controlled Substances when some pills were found in his vehicle subsequent to a traffic stop. Attorney Knuesel investigated the matter and was able to provide the State with a sworn statement from another individual who took responsibility for the pills. The charges against client were dropped by the State.

CHIPS Petition Dismissed:

County Agency removed children from Client's home and filed a Child in Need of Protection or Services (CHIPS) Petition. Attorney Knuesel set the matter on for trial and told the Court and the County that his client would not agree to any negotiated outcome short of a dismissal of the Petition and an immediate return of the children to Client's care. The County dismissed the CHIPS Petition after realizing that Attorney Knuesel and his client were not going to change their position. The children were returned to the home the same day.

Charges Dismissed/Driver's License Reinstated:

Client was charged with DWI. She was arrested after police watched her drive into her garage and, believing she was intoxicated, the officer entered the garage and initiated a DWI investigation. Client was charged with Gross Misdemeanor DWI and her license was revoked for one year. Attorney Knuesel filed a motion challenging the validity of the arrest based on the officer's warrantless entry into client's garage. The charges against client were dismissed and her license was reinstated.

Charges Dismissed:

Client was charged with Felony Possession of Controlled Substance after law enforcement executed a search warrant at his residence. Attorney Knuesel recognized that law enforcement had illegally entered the house in a manner that was contrary to law. After filing a motion to suppress the results of the search, a contested hearing was held. Through skillful cross-examination, Attorney Knuesel was able to expose the illegality of the actions of law enforcement. The Court granted the motion to suppress the evidence and dismissed the charges against client. The State filed a motion to reconsider. Attorney Knuesel argued against that motion which was ultimately denied and the Court’s decision to dismiss the charges stood.

Charges Dismissed:

Client was charged with Theft from a local grocery store. Attorney Knuesel set the matter on for trial. Ultimately, the prosecutor was convinced that the charges were unwarranted. The case against client was dismissed “in the interests of justice”.

Restitution Amount Substantially Reduced:

Client was accused of stealing from a charitable organization of which he was an officer. Client admitted that he had taken some money but that he had returned it all to the organization. At a contested restitution hearing, the State requested restitution in the amount of over $25,000. After a lengthy hearing, Attorney Knuesel was able to show the Court that client should not be responsible for the amount sought by the State. The Court ordered restitution of about $1,800. Client was very happy and grateful.

Charges Dismissed:

Client, a college student, was charged with Gross Misdemeanor charges of Furnishing Alcohol to Minors. Client, a law enforcement major, denied any wrong doing. While investigating the case, Attorney Knuesel obtained a statement from another party indicating that he, and not client, purchased alcohol on the night in question. The State dismissed the charges against client.

Charges Dismissed:

Client was charged with Obstructing the Legal Process after he walked away from a crime scene contrary to an order from law enforcement. After a Court trial, Attorney Knuesel moved for a judgment of acquittal, citing a precedential case in which the Court of Appeals held that fleeing from police does not constitute obstructing. The Court dismissed the charges.

Charges Dismissed:

Client was charged with Domestic Assault, an offense that can lead to a prohibition against firearm ownership. Client, an avid hunter, adamantly denied any assaultive behavior. Prior to trial, Attorney Knuesel provided the State with a statement from the alleged victim in which she stated that the entire incident was overblown. The State dismissed the charges against client.

Charges Dismissed:

Client charged with Felony Domestic Assault, Felony Terroristic Threats and 2 counts of Domestic Assault. After Attorney Knuesel presented the State/prosecutor with evidence and witness statements that showed that client’s accuser was the real aggressor, all charges were dismissed the day before trial.

Charges Dismissed:

Client charged with Felony Drug Possession. Attorney Knuesel identified a problem with the search warrant that led to the charges. After a contested evidentiary hearing, Attorney Knuesel and the prosecutor submitted written briefs. The Court adopted Attorney Knuesel’s argument almost verbatim in its order and granted our motion to dismiss all charges against the client.

Charges Dismissed:

Client charged with 3 counts of Controlled Substance Sales after allegedly selling drugs to a police informant. Attorney Knuesel was able to negotiate an agreement that resulted in all charges being dismissed in exchange for client providing some information to law enforcement.

Not Guilty – Property Returned:

Client was charged with shooting a deer over bait. The deer, a huge trophy buck, was seized by the DNR. Client’s $1,000 compound bow was also seized. Attorney Knuesel entered a not guilty plea on behalf of his client and the matter was set on for trial. Prior to trial, the State/prosecutor offered to dismiss all charges and return the bow, but not the deer. Client rejected the offer and the matter went to trial. Following a trial, client was acquitted of the charges and all of his property, including the trophy deer, was returned to him.

Not Guilty:

Client was charged with Felony Criminal Sexual Conduct. A jury trial was set. The prosecutor offered to settle the case if client plead guilty to gross misdemeanor criminal sexual conduct. Attorney Knuesel and client rejected the offer. At trial, Attorney Knuesel was able to effectively discredit the accuser. The jury appeared convinced that she was lying or mistaken and it took only ten minutes to return a Not Guilty verdict.

Charges Dismissed:

Client, a college student, was stopped by law enforcement as he walked home late one evening and was charged with Minor Consumption. Attorney Knuesel filed a motion challenging the legality of the seizure of client. After a contested hearing, the Court found that the seizure of client was illegal and all charges were dismissed.

Not Guilty:

Client faced Felony Stalking Charges after his estranged wife accused him of assaulting her. Client informed Attorney Knuesel that his wife was trying to use the system to get the upper hand in the parties’ divorce and custody dispute. The prosecutor, despite significant evidence to the contrary, believed client’s wife. Attorney Knuesel made a jury trial demand. At trial, Attorney Knuesel, through artful cross examination, was able to impeach the credibility of client’s wife and demonstrate to the jury that she was not credible. The jury took only a half hour to return a Not Guilty verdict.

Charges Dismissed:

Client was charged with Terroristic Threats based on an audiotape that the State alleged contained threats made by client toward an attorney in the Winona County Attorney’s Office. During the course of the case, the audiotape was lost. The State sought to introduce to the Court the transcript of the tape. Attorney Knuesel moved to suppress the audiotape. The Court suppressed the tape and the State dismissed the charges.

Charges Dismissed/Driver's License Reinstated:

Client was charged with DWI and her license was revoked for 90 days following an arrest for DWI. Attorney Knuesel challenged the validity of the stop of client's vehicle. Officer stopped the vehicle due to his observations of client looking at her cell phone as she executed a turn. After a contested hearing, the Court dismissed the charges against client and reinstated her driver's license.

Charges Dismissed:

Client was charged with Burglary in the First Degree and Criminal Sexual Conduct in the Third Degree. The State alleged that client entered a residence without permission and committed criminal sexual conduct against an occupant of the dwelling. If convicted, client faced a prison sentence in excess of five years. Client informed Attorney Knuesel that victim was lying and that she had allowed him into the home and had engaged in consensual sexual relations with him. After thorough evaluation of the evidence, Attorney Knuesel set the matter on for trial. Trial was set for a Monday. On the Thursday before trial, State dismissed the charges against client.

Continued for Dismissal:

Client was charged with Criminal Sexual Conduct in the Third Degree and Criminal Sexual Conduct in the Fourth Degree. Client, who was not a citizen of the United States, faced deportation and a prison sentence of four years or more if convicted. Attorney Knuesel negotiated an agreement with the State that allows for the dismissal of all charges against client in three years if he remains law-abiding and pays a reasonable amount of restitution.

Harassment Restraining Order (HRO) Denied:

Client was served with an HRO by the guardians of her child’s friend who claimed that she had harassed her child’s friend. Attorney Knuesel set the matter on for a contested hearing. At trial, Attorney Knuesel objected to the claimant’s testimony about what they had heard from others. The Court properly found that such evidence was hearsay and therefore not admissible. The Court denied claimant’s request for the HRO.

Charges Dismissed:

Client was charged with Felony Possession of Controlled Substance, Possession of a Hypodermic Needle, and Failure to Signal after a traffic stop. Attorney Knuesel filed a motion to dismiss based on the fact that the officer did not have a reasonable reason to stop client. Officer testified that he stopped client’s vehicle for failing to signal a turn out of a convenience store parking lot on to a public street. Attorney Knuesel argued that a driver is not required to signal a turn out of a private parking lot, citing a Minnesota Court of Appeals case to that effect. The Court dismissed all charges against client.

Charges Dismissed:

Client was charged with Felony Criminal Sexual Conduct charges. After extensive investigation and correspondence with the State, Attorney Knuesel was able to convince the prosecutor to dismiss the charges against client without the need for trial.

Harassment Restraining Order (HRO) Dismissed:

Client was served with an HRO by co-worker who claimed harassment in the workplace. After a contested hearing, the Court dismissed the HRO after finding that harassment had not taken place.

Charges Dismissed:

Client was involved in a bar fight and was charged with Disorderly Conduct. The other combatant was seeking restitution for injuries sustained during the fight. Client asserted that his actions were nothing more than self-defense. Eventually, Attorney Knuesel convinced the State that the other party was the aggressor in the incident. The charges were dismissed prior to trial.

Charges Dismissed:

Client was charged with Felony Possession of a Controlled Substance after a traffic stop. Prior to trial, Attorney Knuesel provided the State with a statement from the client’s girlfriend who stated that the controlled substance (a prescription medication) belonged to her. The State dismissed the charges.

Charges Dismissed:

Client was charged with Domestic Assault, a charge that he denied. The State offered a plea deal that would have included an agreement for no jail time. After discussing the offer with Attorney Knuesel, client rejected the offer. Ultimately, the State agreed to dismiss charges if client remained law abiding for a period of one year.

Charges Dismissed:

Client, a scholarship athlete, was charged with possession of a controlled substance, a felony level offense. Attorney Knuesel negotiated an agreement the State in which charges against client were dismissed after six months of law-abiding behavior.

Not Guilty:

Client charged with Criminal Sexual Conduct in the 1st Degree. If convicted, client faced a presumptive sentence of 144 months in prison and the considerable likelihood of indefinite civil commitment. During the lengthy jury trial, the State called several lay witnesses as well as a highly paid expert witness who testified against client. Attorney Knuesel was able to discredit the State’s witnesses and convince the jury that the alleged victim was not credible. The jury ultimately returned a Not Guilty verdict.

Charges Dismissed:

Client was stopped in her vehicle and was charged with DWI. Her driver’s license was also revoked. Attorney Knuesel filed a motion challenging the basis of the stop and filed a lawsuit against the Commissioner of Public Safety to vacate client’s license revocation and reinstate her driving privileges. After a contested hearing with the county prosecutor and an attorney from the State Attorney General’s office, Attorney Knuesel prevailed and ALL charges were dismissed an client’s driver’s license reinstated.

Not Guilty:

Client charged with 5th Degree Assault following an altercation with his roommate. Attorney Knuesel made a jury trial demand and the matter was set on for trial. During the trial, through skillful cross examination, Attorney Knuesel was able to establish that client’s accuser was the aggressor and that client only acted in self defense. Client was acquitted of all charges.

Charges Reduced:

Client was charged with Felony DWI, her 4th DWI offense within ten years. Had she been convicted, client would have suffered extreme consequences, including extension incarceration and the loss of her home. Attorney Knuesel was able to negotiate an agreement for a plea to a reduced charged that allowed client to avoid a felony conviction and jail.

Restraining Order Dismissed:

Client was issued a Restraining Order after his former fiancé accused him of Domestic Assault and Harassment. Attorney Knuesel and his team conducted an investigation of the interactions between the client and his accuser. On the date of trial, Attorney Knuesel presented the accuser with extensive text messages, emails and social media entries that were discovered during his investigation. The content of these demonstrated that the accuser was not truthful in her application for the restraining order. After seeing this evidence, the accuser left the courthouse and the restraining order was dismissed.

Restraining Order Issued:

Client was being harassed by a former co-worker. Client hired Attorney Knuesel to help her obtain a restraining order against the co-worker. Co-worker and her attorney asked for a trial. Attorney Knuesel presented co-worker’s attorney with witness statements that clearly indicated that co-worker had engaged in harassment. On the date of trial, co-worker agreed to the issuance of the restraining order.

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