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State v. J.B., October, 2018

Charges: Driving After Revocation - Misdemeanor

Resolution: Stay of Adjudication. The client had 8 prior convictions of similar charges - a huge amount that makes successful plea bargaining damn near impossible. But, this client was also different. He had all but completed the driver diversion program prior to this incident. Utilizing this and working with a prosecutor that understood the need to get individuals back and valid, an plea bargain was reached whereby the client can immediately seek reinstatement of his driving privileges, thereby ending the vicious cycle he had been on. An absolute must of a result that we achieved.

State v. E.M., October, 2018

Charges: Misdemeanor Theft - Shoplifting

Resolution: Continuance for dismissal. Despite the State's initial offer being a good offer, one that is common for most shoplifting cases, the North Star team still pushed, highlighting the client's good overall record, positive facts about the case, and her career ambitions for why a better result - the best possible result - was appropriate and needful. For a young mother, keeping her record clear was critical in order to best provide for her family in the future.

State v. J.P., October, 2018

Charges: 5th Degree Drug Sales and three counts of 5th Degree Drug Possession - All Felonies

Resolution: Stay of adjudication. 3 years probation, no jail, minimal fine, and simply the need to follow the recommendations of the CD assessment and submit to random UA's. Considering a rifle and significant cash was also found in the client's bedroom (i.e. in his possession), obtaining a stay of adjudication was not automatic. With the counseling of the North Star team to get a CD assessment, become sober, find full-time work, and get a fresh start on life, the client put himself in a position to earn this important outcome, which is ultimately a dismissal of the case in just a couple years when he's discharge from probation early.

State v. J.L., October, 2018

Charges: Indecent Exposure - Misdemeanor

Resolution: Continuance for dismissal. For minimal costs and the only condition being to remain crime free, the client will keep a perfect record. For a young man, the prospect of facing this type of record with a conviction would be devastating to his future career. Yet, without any legal defenses, the North Star team still knew how to negotiate this critical outcome for our needful client.

State v. J.K., September, 2018

Charges: Malicious Punishment of a Child - Gross Misdemeanor

Resolution: Sentenced to a misdemeanor - no jail, minimum fine, and conditions that only require the client to stay the course. The State initially sought a gross misdemeanor sentence with significant jail time. But, with the right approach and a proactive client, the North Star team achieved this great outcome on a case that involved physical punishment that left noticeable harm to the young child. The North Star team was instrumental in keeping the client focused on turning this negative incident into a positive with the client focusing on bettering himself as a person and a parent.

State v. B.M., September, 2018

Charges: Solicitation of a Minor - State appeals downward departure to a GM sentence

Resolution: Court of Appeals affirmed - meaning it agreed with the GM sentence on this felony charge. The State was so upset that North Star achieved a GM sentence at our request for a departure at sentencing that it appealed the ruling. Despite some new case law that went against the client, the North Star team successfully argued that grounds existed to support the departure and the Court of Appeals agreed. Obtaining the GM sentence was an incredible outcome. Add on the success at the appellate level shows how committed and strong the North Star team is in achieving rare and fantastic outcomes for our clients.

State v. L.S., September, 2018

Charges: 4th Degree DWI - Misdemeanor

Resolution: Pled to an amended count of Failing to Drive with Due Care and received probation to the court. Without much of a defense, the team at North Star was still able to obtain this incredible and atypical outcome due to his strategic negotiations and relying upon its strong relationship with the prosecutor. Together, we knew how to approach the City to get this needful result. Now, the client has much less risk of this record impacting her burgeoning career.

State v. N.N., September, 2018

Charges: Domestic Assault - Strangulation - Probation Violation

Resolution: Client released, returned to probation. This seemingly endless matter, involving a high-profile assault, an intervening DUI, multiple failed urinalysis tests, and other alleged acts violating probation could have meant a trip to prison for this troubled but engaging client, if not for Mr. Adkins' intervention and creativity. It is never not time for North Star to assist, and both James and Dan are regarded statewide as experts in solving these types of problems. We utilize state of the art therapeutic evaluators and providers, and cutting edge technology for these purposes, and our success rate is unmatched. We are soup-to-nuts problem-solvers, and this particular client is out of custody and working a plan to stay that way.

State v. T.B., August, 2018

Charges: 4th Degree DWI - Misdemeanor

Resolution: Plea to an amended count of Failing to Drive with Due Care. This is a rare outcome, but one that the team at North Star have achieved with much more frequency than any attorney in this State. When negotiating DWI's, most work hard to avoid the DWI and settle for a Careless Driving. But, as you've seen on our Case Results pages, we know how to push for something better - like a Failing to Drive with Due Care. This outcome places the young, college student in a far better position as he applies for medical school and might even avoid the insurance premium spike often associated with DWI and Careless Driving convictions. When so much is at stake, it's important to get a team of DWI attorneys that aren't afraid to push for the rare outcome that puts you in the best position possible.

State v. S.A., August, 2018

Charges: 2nd Degree DWI - High test and accident - Gross Misdemeanor

Resolution: No Jail, no EHM, Successful Forfeiture defense--reduction to Third Degree DUI. Due to early and aggressive negotiations, and a client committed to recovery, a .20 test result and a rollover total accident did not result in a ruined life, or a long stint in jail. Indeed, the client avoided any jail or other programming obligations, notwithstanding a mandatory 30-day jail component under the affected statutes. Interposition of a chemical dependency evaluation with teeth, and the interlock device, mean the client not only avoids weeks in custody, but also he'll receive a payment from his insurance provider for the lost truck, likely in the form of a five-figure check. Unmatched success, except this sort of result is routine at this firm. You want to hire us, admit it.

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