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Proven success through nearly 30 years of

combined experience.


North Star Criminal Defense

Personalized Legal Strategy

A client is a person, not another file. North Star Criminal Defense takes a hands-on approach with every client to fully understand their entire case so that a truly personalized legal strategy is developed. We understand that the collateral consequences are just as real, and sometimes more penal, than the criminal consequences. By taking the time to learn these facts, North Star Criminal Defense develops and implements a personalized legal strategy that will serve you best.

Not Always Minnesota Nice

North Star Criminal Defense will be aggressive when needed. The key to being a great defense attorney is knowing when and how to be aggressive. A balanced approach that is both reasoned and calculated when being aggressive leads to more meaningful negotiations with prosecutors and better results for the client. By not always being Minnesota nice, North Star Criminal Defense will be the aggressive criminal defense attorney when warranted and achieves positive results for the client.

Unmatched Client Care

North Star Criminal Defense prides itself on its client service. We know that facing criminal charges is likely one of the most stressful times in your life. That is why we focus on giving you the respect and attention you deserve. This means that your calls and emails are answered as promptly as possible. Your questions and concerns will be addressed. And you will be informed throughout the entire process. We work tirelessly to earn your trust and to keep it.

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Mr. Adkins has become rather ‘the man to see’ for folks facing criminal charges of all levels, based upon his record of success since moving his practice to Minnesota in 1996. Victories include pre-charge declines, evidence suppression in drug and assault cases, count-reduction from murder to misdemeanor, and several verdicts of acquittal. Mr. Adkins gets results other attorneys do not get.


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Mr. Gempeler is one of the founding partners of North Star Criminal Defense. He focuses his practice on criminal defense and expungements because he believes that a mistake or single event should not define that person. Mr. Gempeler is diligent in his preparation, skilled in negotiating with the state and arguing in court, and he will not hesitate to be aggressive in advocating for his client.


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Just because you are charged with a crime does not make you a criminal. We work hard to ensure that one mistake or bad decision does not ultimately define you.

What our clients have to say

"North Star Criminal Defense has exemplary criminal defense lawyers. Their professionalism, experience, and knowledge in the law is extremely confidence inspiring. They work diligently for their clients and I would not hesitate at all in hiring them again. Very satisfied client!"

R.E. - Expungement

"North Star Criminal Defense was by my side from beginning to end, explaining the process, expectations, and outcomes. I valued their consistent communication and honesty of opinions. I never questioned that they were looking out for my best interests."

A.S. - DWI

"I valued having experienced and capable representation so I did not have to face my case alone. With Mr. Gempeler and Mr. Adkins representing me, I was able to make the best presentation of my case and received the best result I could have hoped for."

B.D. - Domestic Assault

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