Attorney J. Matthew Holson's experience defending clients in all types of Minnesota misdemeanor and felony cases has resulted in many successful outcomes for the clients he serves. We've highlighted just a few of successful cases below.
J.J.B. was charged in Hennepin County with Presenting a Prohibited Item at a Security Checkpoint. Our client was catching a flight at the airport and went through security without remembering that he had a cased, unloaded firearm in his backpack. He was arrested and charged with a misdemeanor for doing so. Throughout the process, the City Attorney was insistent that our defendant plead guilty to the misdemeanor with a $500 fine and forfeiture of the firearm. Attorney at Law, Matt Holson presented the City with documentation on how this would affect J.J.B.’s job to no avail. Ultimately, he plead guilty to the Court, without an agreement. The Judge sentenced our cleint to a $300 fine and did not order forfeiture of the gun. This is a petty misdemeanor result which is not a criminal conviction and will not affect J.J.B.’s job. Ultimately, the Judge was persuaded by the potential negative outcomes that might fact if he was convicted of the offense and he rejected the State’s argument for a misdemeanor conviction.
SUCCESSFUL OUTCOME: Fine Lowered, No Forfeiture
Charged with 4th Degree DWI, JP was pulled over for not signalling a turn and blew a .11. NP completed an alcohol assessment and a MADD victim impact panel. Criminal Defense Attorney Matt Holson was able to use that program completion along with client's status as an active duty military member as a basis to negotiate down to a careless driving charge. Client was not sentenced to serve any jail time and instead had to pay a $250 fine, complete a 12 hour education class, and remain law abiding.
SUCCESSFUL OUTCOME: DWI dropped for Careless Driving Violation
A husband, in the midst of a divorce proceeding contacted Attorney Mathew Holson, after the wife applied for a Harassment Restraining Order (HRO) which was denied and was set for a hearing. Two days after the HRO was denied, she applied for an Order for Protection (OFP) which was granted. Both matters were set for a hearing. With the attorney's help in negotiation, the wife agreed not to seek the OFP and following a contested hearing, the Court denied her request for an HRO.
SUCCESSFUL OUTCOME: Harassment Order Denied
A.R. was charged with Fifth Degree Controlled Substance Crime (Possession). When A.R. was pulled over for an equipment violation, he had a warrant for his arrest and was placed in custody. Law enforcement made the decision to impound his vehicle and an officer performed what was supposed to be an “inventory” search. During the search, the officer located a trace amount of methamphetamine in the pocket of a pair of jeans; however, the officer failed to follow the Coon Rapids Police Department’s inventory search policy. Following a contested hearing, Anoka County Judge agreed that law enforcement had not followed policy and suppressed the evidence against A.R.
SUCCESSFUL OUTCOME: The charge was dismissed.
J.G. hired Criminal Defense Attorney Matt Holson after being served with an Order for Protection. The petitioner was a tenant who lived with him in his home. As a result, he had to move out of his home and sleep on the couch of a friend. Several days later, our client applied for a Harassment Restraining Order against the petitioner. The Court denied the request for an HRO but set the matter of a hearing on May 9, 2018. Anoka County court held a consolidated hearing on the OFP and the HRO and after receiving testimony from both parties, the Court found that the client had not engaged in domestic abuse and cancelled the OFP against J.G. The Court separately found that the tenant had engaged in a pattern of harassing conduct meant to negatively impact our client and issued an HRO against the tenant.
SUCCESSFUL OUTCOME: As a result, J.G. will be able to return to the home he owns and the tenant will have to move out. He was very happy with the result.
KME was charged with a misdemeanor violation of a Harassment Restraining Order (HRO) in Blaine, MN. An HRO Violation is a misdemeanor offense that is enhanceable in Minnesota, which means that the charge can be made more serious up to a gross misdemeanor or even a felony. Attorney Matthew Holson was hired by KME and was able to negotiate a Continuance Without Plea for dismissal (CWOP) with the prosecutor due to the client's lack of criminal history, minimal conduct, age, and remorse for the situation. This resulted in a "no conviction." The defendant agrees to pay $175.00 in costs and to avoid any same or similar charges for a year.
SUCCESSFUL OUTCOME: Because there are no prior charges on record and if conditions are met, the charge will be dismissed.
A client was charged with possession of a small amount of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. The Court found that the state failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that he possessed both items when the passenger in the motor vehicle admitted possessing a marijuana pipe and our client denied possessing both.
SUCCESSFUL OUTCOME: Following a court trial he was found not guilty of both charges.
Our client was charged with Fifth Degree Assault; a misdemeanor charge which carries a maximum sentence of 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine. More importantly, Fifth Degree Assault is enhanceable which means that a conviction will automatically make a future charge a gross misdemeanor if it occurs within the next 10 years. The Client was steadfast in his position that no assault occurred. On the day of trial, the State dismissed the charges because the alleged victim was uncooperative and did not show. Taking a stand is important and having an attorney to help defend your rights can make that more effective and successful.
SUCCESSFUL OUTCOME: Our client achieved the vindication he was looking for.
A 20 year old client was charged with a First Degree Controlled Substance Offense. He was facing 65 months in prison for being in possession of more than one pound of cocaine. Following a guilty plea and argument from the criminal defense attorney, Matthew Holson; the Court agreed to place him on probation. The young man will not have to serve any additional jail time beyond the two days he already served and instead will face a combination of electronic house arrest and community service.
SUCCESSFUL OUTCOME: Upon successful completion of probation, the felony conviction will be reduced to a misdemeanor.
A Juvenile was charged with Speeding, Violation of a Provisional License, Open Bottle Violation; and Use of Tobacco by a Minor. After reviewing the police reports, Matt filed a Motion to Suppress because the search of the vehicle was unconstitutional. The County Attorney agreed and dismissed the Open Bottle Violation and Use of Tobacco by a Minor as well as the Speeding charges. Juvenile A pleaded guilty to Violation of Provisional License. Juvenile A received a Stay of Adjudication on the condition that he complete an Alive by 25 class and have no moving violations for six months.
SUCCESSFUL OUTCOME: If conditions are, the charge will be dismissed.
Matt was hired on a pretrial basis after he was contacted by Anoka County Human Services about the alleged Financial Exploitation of a Vulnerable Adult. Matt met with the client about the allegations and directed them as to what bank and financial records would be useful in establishing their innocence. Matt, and the client met with the Anoka County Social Worker and discussed the underlying allegations. They also provided the relevant documentation both at the meeting and following the meeting once they were aware that additional records might be relevant.
SUCCESSFUL OUTCOME: Ultimately, Anoka County found the allegations to be “inconclusive” and the file was closed.
J.A.S. was charged with a violation of the Champlin noise ordinance for having party for her son and his friends in her backyard with a karaoke machine. A neighbor made complaints about how loud the music was and as a result, a citation was issued. Matt challenged the Champlin noise ordinance as “void of vagueness.”
SUCCESSFUL OUTCOME: TheJudge agreed that the ordinance was unconstitutionally vague and dismissed the charge completely.
Charged in Freeborn County with a misdemeanor Violation of an Order for Protection (OFP), TO was facing a maximum sentence of 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine with an OFP violation enhanceable offense that can eventually be charged as gross misdemeanors or even felonies. Criminal Defense Attorney, Matt Holson, was able to secure a stay of adjudication, which means that TO will not have a conviction on record if probation is successfully completed and the charge will be dismissed.
SUCCESSFUL OUTCOME: Client did not have to serve any jail time and will only have to pay a $75.00 non-conviction fee.
JL was subject to an Order for Protection (OFP) that constrained contact with his two children. JL complied with the request issued in Wright County and completed anger management and parenting classes. He had likewise gone to guiding meetings with his child. Unfortunately his advocate was ill-equipped to suggest extra contact with his children. As result, the mother appealed to the Court to broaden the OFP for an extra year. The mother's lawyer contended that the disappointment of the counselor to prescribe reunification was a premise to expand the OFP an extra year. I argued to the Court that JL had done all that he could do and that this was a family law issue as opposed to an OFP issue.
SUCCESSFUL OUTCOME: The Court embraced my reasoning and denied the demand for expanding the OFP.
K.M.F-H. was charged with a Felony 5th Degree Controlled Substance Crime for the alleged possession of heroin. The charge was based upon a NIK test, which is a presumptive test for the presence of controlled substances. The NIK alone does not confirm that a particular substance is illegal or what that substance might actually be. When the item was sent in for testing, the test results did not reveal heroin. Possession of the same amount of methamphetamine is only a Gross Misdemeanor. Her public defender did not address this problem. K.M.F-H. retained Criminal Defense Attorney Holson and he immediately filed a motion to dismiss for lack of probable cause because the complaint charged her with a more serious offense based upon an inaccurate test.
SUCCESSFUL OUTCOME: The County Attorney ultimately agreed and amended the charge to a Gross Misdemeanor which is a far less serious offense.
T.G. was facing his third probation violation since being sentenced. During the pendency of the violation, his probation agent filed two addendums alleging additional violations of probation. His probation agent was recommending 120 days in jail as a sanction for violating probation. T.G. admitted to violating probation and after an extensive argument about his sanction, the Court ordered him to serve 10 days in jail immediately. The court then stayed an additional 80 days in jail with a report date a few months later. If T.G. complies with probation in the interim he will not have to serve those days in jail. Result: Hiring counsel helped him avoid serving 110 days in jail.
J.O. was charged with failure to drive with due care as a result of a three car accident. The charge was a misdemeanor because there were claims by the other drivers that there were injuries and property damage. Law enforcement did not take photographs of the purported property damage and there were no medical records to substantiate the claims of injury. J.O. ultimately received a CWOP (continuance without plea for dismissal). He agreed to pay a $200 fine and the charge will be dismissed as long as J.O. isn’t charged with a same or similar offense.
K.R. was served two applications for Harassment Restraining Orders (HRO’s) by her ex-husband and his new fiancée. Following a hearing in Wright County, the Court found that there was no basis to support issuance of an HRO protecting her ex-husband. A week later, the fiancée failed to show for the hearing on her application for an HRO and the case was dismissed.
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Known for protecting rights, J. Matthew Holson, has successfully defended clients charged with significant crimes such as Assault in the First Degree, Felony Domestic Assault, and False Imprisonment. He has handled cases in Albertville, Anoka, Buffalo, Elk River, Maple Grove, Minneapolis, Monticello, Rogers, St. Cloud, and St. Michael as well as other communities within Hennepin County, Stearns County, Wright County, Sherburne County, and Anoka County.
Juvenile A was charged as juvenile with Speeding, Violation of a Provisional License, Open Bottle Violation; and Use of Tobacco by a Minor. After reviewing the police reports, Matt filed a Motion to Suppress because the search of the vehicle was unconstitutional. The County Attorney agreed and dismissed the Open Bottle Violation and Use of Tobacco by a Minor as well as the Speeding charges. Juvenile A pleaded guilty to Violation of Provisional License. Juvenile A received a Stay of Adjudication on the condition that he complete an Alive by 25 class and have no moving violations for six months. If he meets these conditions, the charge will be dismissed.