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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. Then we work with you in strategically developing ways to improve your case. For instance, we may advise you to seek character letters from individuals. But, we don’t stop there; we also advise you on who you should seek the letters from, what they say, and how they best work into your case. By taking the time to build and improve your case, North Star Criminal Defense develops and implements a personalized legal strategy that will serve you best.

Expertise in Expungements

Most defense firms handle expungements irregularly. North Star Criminal Defense is different. We specialize in this field because we care about helping people get the second chances they need and deserve. To that end, we are well-known and respected in our field for this work. We have spoken at numerous continuing legal education seminars on this topic and even been published by a magazine distributed to attorneys and judges statewide. This expertise serves our clients well when making persuasive arguments at court on their behalf. And this usually leads to our clients getting the expungement they need.

Unmatched Client Care

North Star Criminal Defense prides itself on its client service. We know that your criminal record is damaging your life and that an expungement is critical to your future. That is why our Minnesota expungement attorneys 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.

Our Attorneys

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Mr. Adkins has become rather ‘the man to see’ in the region, for folks facing criminal charges, based solely on his record of success since moving his practice to Minnesota in 1996. Victories include pre-charge declines, evidence suppression in d… Read More
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Mr. Gempeler focuses his practice on criminal defense and expungements because he believes that a mistake or a single event should not define that person. He is diligent in his preparation, skilled in negotiating with the state and arguing in court,… Read More

Don’t Let Your Past Continue to Impact Your Life. We Work Hard to Make Sure One Mistake or Bad Decision Does Not Ultimately Define You.

WHAT OUR CLIENTS HAVE TO SAY

  • "I was extremely satisfied with Mr. Gempeler’s representation. He was always prepared and answered my questions very thoroughly. He walked me through the court appearance process and prepared me well."
    – R.E., Hennepin County. Expunged a misdemeanor domestic assault conviction.
  • "I am extremely satisfied with the services I received. Communication was great. I appreciated the pre-hearing brief we had about how it would go."
    – N.M., Sherburne County. Expunged a 5th degree assault conviction.
  • "I valued the communication from the attorneys the most. They kept me appraised of the developments and status of my case. I would certainly refer North Star Criminal Defense to others needing an expungement attorney."
    – R.K., Carlton County. Expunged a 3rd Degree DWI conviction.

Blog

Why do I need an Expungement Lawyer? Technically, you do not need an expungement lawyer. But going in without one is to your own detriment. The expungement process is detail-oriented with what must be filed and served. And the hearing involves State… Read More
A common question we get from our clients and family/friends is: what is the difference between a misdemeanor vs. felony? To understand this, we will go over the full list of levels of crimes in Minnesota, starting with a type of conviction that is t… Read More
If you are charged with a marijuana DWI, the State’s manner of proof is far different – and frankly harder – than a standard alcohol-related DWI. The primary reason is that the State is forced to prove actual impairment and cannot r… Read More