State V. A.S.
County: Anoka (2010)
A.S. was represented by a criminal defense lawyer who counseled her to plead guilty to a theft by swindle charge. At sentencing, the judge awarded the victim restitution in the amount of $134,000. A.S. fired her lawyer and hired Ryan Pacyga. Ryan Pacyga challenged the restitution award, and instead of having to pay $134,000 in restitution, his client only had to pay $5,000.
Outcome: Restitution reduced from $134,000 to $5,000.