Case Results

State v. H.T.

May, 2020
Charges: Reckless Driving - Misdemeanor

Stay of Adjudication. Client is a young man that was concerned that a conviction to the offense could lead to a job consequence. Despite no real defense, the North Star team advised the client on some proactive steps that he could take to improve our negotiating leverage. And it worked! The prosecutor appreciated the steps taken and knowing that the client learned his lesson from his poor decision-making. The result is this incredible outcome, one that gives the client the opportunity to avoid any conviction and maintain his employment without concern.

State v. A.B.

May, 2020
Charges: Careless Driving - Misdemeanor

Plea to an amended count of Failing to Drive with Due Care as a petty misdemeanor. The client's driving conduct certainly warranted the charge - erratic driving that led her to striking numerous vehicles when she was unsuccessfully navigating an alley and narrow road. The blood test did not find anything in her system, though the driving conduct certainly pointed to something that should have been discovered. Nonetheless, with no legal defense, the North Star team successfully negotiated this great outcome for a young client who has a bright future. With this outcome, she avoids a careless driving conviction that could lead to the termination of her insurance and increased premiums, and, most importantly, does not result in a criminal conviction. A petty misdemeanor is not considered a crime under Minnesota law. The client, therefore, maintains her perfect record and is back on track for her future.

State v. M.V.

May, 2020
Charges: School Bus Arm Traffic Violation - Misdemeanor

Continuance for dismissal. Client had a good driving record and wanted to ensure she didn't make a criminal record for a one-time mistake. Despite no defenses, the North Star team utilized a smart strategic approach, and not to mention it's good relationship with the prosecutor, to get this incredible outcome. After one year and obeying simple terms of probation, the matter will be dismissed.

Types of Charge(s): Moving Violations

State v. J.M.

May, 2020
Charges: Underage Consumption - Misdemeanor

Case DISMISSED. For a young man, with an incredibly bright future, a lot was at stake to avoid a criminal record. But, the client made some smart decisions at the time of the incident, including not submitting to a PBT. Such a PBT is a search and can be declined. He smartly did so, leaving little other evidence to support the charge. And after a careful review of the evidence, including a diligent review of the evidence involving the other kids at the scene, the North Star team developed a strong argument that there simply was insufficient evidence for the case. So, some communications with the prosecutor - who we have a great relationship with (which always helps) - led him to realize the same thing and the State dismissed the case - without even a motion to dismiss pending. A perfect and just result for a good young man.

Types of Charge(s): Minor Consumption, Misdemeanor

State v. D.S.

May, 2020
Charges: Two Driving After Suspension and No Proof of Insurance Citations - Misdemeanors

Dismissal of one and a continuance for dismissal on the other. Both cases were dated, but both had warrants from missed court appearances. The North Star team used the clients impressive resume since these incidents - including service in the Army - to approach the prosecutors about not only removing the warrants, but also to resolve the cases. One prosecutor understood that the appropriate and just result - given the age of the offense and accomplishments of the client - warranted an outright dismissal. The other agreed to an outcome that is admittedly a significant departure from that jurisdictions typical approach on this type of case. The dismissals allows the client to continue with both his civilian and military careers without these being a burden, which was a major concern for him at the time he approached North Star.

Types of Charge(s): Moving Violations

State v. T.M. / T.M. v. Dept. of Corrections

May, 2020
Charges: Habeas Corpus Petition and Request for Compassionate Release

CLIENT RELEASED, some fifty (50) months early. This client, who was represented by another firm when he entered a plea of guilty to First Degree Drug charges hoping for a sentencing departure to probation, was instead immediately remanded to state prison for a lengthy term. His health, already radically declining on the day he was sentenced, immediately disqualified him from any programming (such as the Challenge Incarceration Program, or 'Boot Camp') that would have ended his prison stay quickly or at any discount. The client hired North Star to be creative in challenging his sentence and to secure his release in any way humanly possible... and we DID JUST THAT, by way of an order recently permitting him to leave prison immediately. Mr. Adkins and his team used the habeas corpus petition process to get the Court's attention, and convinced the Court and the Department of Corrections' legal team that a release would not only be justified, but would save our client's very life. Compassionate release in the middle of this pandemic is logical, it is wise, and it is increasingly difficult to secure, as political implications infect hearings and conversations about true justice in the face of a deadly invisible enemy. If your loved one is serving a prison sentence, anywhere, and you believe their health is threatened (particularly if they suffer from a preexisting deadly condition or are likely to develop severe reactions to the coronavirus), please contact the team at North Star immediately. There are few lawyers on the planet who have successfully litigated these issues, and Dan and James would love to win for you, and yours.

Types of Charge(s): Felonies

State v. S.M.

May, 2020
Charges: Order for Protection Violation - Misdemeanor

Case DISMISSED. Client was facing a serious domestic-related charge for pocket-dialing his ex-wife who had obtained an order for protection against him. Complicating things is the fact that the pocket-dialing occurred when the client was at a gun range. Certainly, the prospect of potential intimidation for the protected party was a primary concern of the State. Nonetheless, the North Star team utilized the progress and closing of the family law matter to the client's benefit in negotiating and convincing the prosecutor that dismissing the case was the proper and just result. Needless to say, client is overjoyed to avoid a criminal record from a truly innocent mistake.

L.J.C.D. v. Dakota County Sheriff's Office

April, 2020
Charges: Restoration of Gun Rights and a Carry Permit

CARRY PERMIT DELIVERED, directly in the U.S. Mail! In this matter, a client with as many as four (4) prior felony convictions from another state visited the North Star team, and asked if those cases (which were resolved in a number of unique ways, including a Veteran's Court and Drug Treatment Court in that far away jurisdiction) could be characterized in a way that would permit him to recover his right to self-defense, and a permit to purchase a firearm, and (eventually) a firearms carry permit. Client closely followed Mr. Adkins' directives, seeking clarification directly from the Sheriff's Department on the basis for his initial rejection for a permit to purchase; then Mr. Adkins investigated the matter in the other state with help of investigators and Client's legal team out west, before demand letters to the Sheriff's office resulted in a jackpot. Client did not simply recover the right to purchase and possess a firearm, at his home or place of business... the letter indicating his win included a laminated conceal/carry permit, for which he had previously applied/completed safety training/been summarily denied! Client was amazed, as he had been led to believe he'd have to restart the entire process over, and pass each and every careful step after getting the Sheriff's Department or a reviewing judge to agree regarding the impact of his record of conviction. It did not hurt his cause when Mr. Adkins notified the Sheriff's Department that Client would be entitled to recover all of his reasonable attorney's fees, in the event the County continued to mischaracterize his prior record and a Court ruled that a permit should have been issued. Careful creative negotiations, assertive and thoughtful investigative techniques, and a kickass demand letter have resulted in outright, rare and wonderful justice for this client.

Types of Charge(s): Felonies

State v. Confidential

April, 2020
Charges: Felony criminal sexual misconduct - Pre-Charge

Declination/Nolle Prosequi Letter pending (no charges!). This client, a young man accused of sexual misconduct at his high school, was initially set to meet with investigators to (hopefully!) explain some miscommunication and contextualize a relationship. After a call to North Star, hoping to confirm the good intentions of the investigators and to be told he had the right strategy in mind, that meeting was immediately cancelled, and the client declined to respond to any officers' questions. The complete absence of physical or social-media evidence to confirm the (false, but compelling) allegations of the classmate has resulted in no charges being filed. This is still a developing matter, in light of the fact that the statute of limitations won't expire for many years yet, but the first steps are utterly wonderful. North Star provides exceptional and timely pre-charge representation several times each month, and we love these no-charge decisions as much as a jury acquittal.

Types of Charge(s): Pre-Charge Case Results, Sex Crimes

State v. L.L.

April, 2020
Charges: 4th Degree DWI - Misdemeanor

Plea to an amended count of Careless Driving. Client blew a .12 and had no defense. Typically, this means a plea to a misdemeanor DWI with STS - community work service through probation that is strenuous work. But, with the North Star team, the typical result is not good enough and they pushed for the atypical and incredible result of a plea to an amended count of Careless Driving. On top of that, the client is on probation to the court and does not need to do community work service through the County. For a young woman with a bright future, she could not be happier that she decided to hire North Star to fight for her.

Types of Charge(s): DWI Case Results

Schedule a Free Consultation

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.