Case Results

State v. T.E.

August, 2020
Charges: 5th Degree Assault - Misdemeanor

Continuance for Dismissal. Client had no defense. She allegedly assaulted a fellow wedding-goer for no reason, except for a possible mental health breakdown. The client took immediate proactive steps following the incident, specifically directed at figuring out what caused the incident. After completing the same and demonstrating that this truly was a one-night, random incident that will not happen again, the client earned this fantastic result, which preserved her clean record. She is thrilled that she got the North Star team to properly advocate for her - and use our great relationships with the prosecutors, who knew they could trust us and, therefore, our client.

Types of Charge(s): Assault Case Results, Misdemeanor

State v. M.O.

August, 2020
Charges: Careless Driving - Misdemeanor

Plea to charge as a petty misdemeanor. The client engaged in driving conduct that undoubtedly fit the bill for a Careless Driving charge - even if some attenuating circumstances existed. Compounding the driving conduct was the fact that the client had a commercial drivers license. By law, prosecutors are unable to negotiate off a traffic violation when dealing with a commercial driver. Still, the North Star team successfully negotiated the plea deal to a petty misdemeanor offense, which is a non-crime in Minnesota. Avoiding a true criminal record was crucial to the client. In doing so, he avoided any employment consequence and the North Star team assured him that the record would not lead to a loss of his commercial driving privileges. Given everything, this was a great result for a deserving client.

State v. C.A.

August, 2020
Charges: 3rd Degree DWI - Gross Misdemeanors

Stay of imposition. The client blew a .21. Though it was a first-time offense, that is an awfully high reading that prosecutors rarely move off of. With an initial offer to straight plea, the North Star team worked with the client in crafting a negotiating strategy to earn a better outcome. With no legal defense, the client decided to not drive for a year while revoked and stayed stone-cold sober. Eventually, the prosecutor agreed to a stay of imposition, which means the client will only have a misdemeanor record once he successfully completes the minimum 2-years probation. On top of that, there is no jail to serve and we even avoided the DWI assessment penalty that this county likes to impose when a reading is above .16. All in all, the client is very happy to have a misdemeanor record and no jail to serve - a great result given the facts of the case.

Types of Charge(s): DWI Case Results

State v. Confidential

July, 2020
Charges: Pre-Charge on Drug Crimes - Felonies

This matter, concerning a relatively massive haul of multiple drugs and at least four firearms, could have cost the client more than five years' prison time, and had the matter gone federal.... Instead, Mr. Adkins was able to convince the County Attorney's Office to dismiss all charges before the matter was actually publicly filed, and before a single court appearance. Truthfully, these sorts of results are not common... but they happen here, at North Star, more than you'll find at any other Minnesota firm.

State v. Confidential

July, 2020
Charges: Arson and Reckless Fire - Felony Charges

This case, concerning the accidental complete destruction of the Lolo restaurant (and the pavilion at Bde Maka Ska) initially received massive local media attention and threatened to derail a promising young man's future. Mr. Adkins labored mightily to move the case off obvious calendars, avoiding cameras and intrusive media demands, and put the case into a form of stasis until the attention reduced. North Star will never seek to gain attention from the troubles their clients face, simply never; our job is to reduce pain, not profit from it. Incredible creativity on Mr. Adkins' part, and an accountable and hustling client, meant this case resolved with no restitution to be paid, notwithstanding more than $1,000,000.00 in damage; client won't spend a single hour in custody, and Mr. Adkins created a form of restorative justice for his client that will involve the client contributing directly to the rebuilding of a treasured community landmark. In nearly three full decades of practice, Mr. Adkins is as proud of this result as any. Please come join North Star, and create your own story of rebirth, and recovery.

Types of Charge(s): Arson & Negligent Fires, Felonies

State v. L.Y.

July, 2020
Charges: Domestic Assault, Disorderly Conduct - Misdemeanors

Continuance for Dismissal. This matter, concerning a new mom and her partner navigating allegations of battery and threats, could have been catastrophic. Instead, after careful and creative negotiations, the matter has been continued for dismissal. After the payment of mild prosecution costs... and no other sanction, our wonderful client can continue with an amazing life; she won't face 1. crushing impacts on her employability, or 2. impossibility of an apartment lease or a home mortgage, or 3. the permanent loss of her right to possess or carry a firearm, in a case that was looking like a necessary (and complicated, in light of ample photographic and other evidence of the assault) jury trial. Indeed, Mr. Adkins obtained this agreement from perhaps the most conservative prosecutor in the county, perhaps in the state, due to kickass negotiating talent.

State v. D.U.

July, 2020
Charges: Early Discharge from Probation Sought - Aggravated Drug Crimes (Mower County)

Early discharge from probation. In this matter, North Star received a call from a desperate client, seeking to cut off the back half of a massive term of probation, totaling twenty-five years. Mr. Adkins took him on, and filed a ream of documents supporting early termination, though such results are incredibly and increasingly rare to obtain. Not only did the Court grant the early termination, it did so without a formal hearing. Quite frankly, this outcome was greater and more comprehensive than the lawyers at North Star had dared to seek. While we certainly cannot guarantee outcomes, we have prevailed often enough in these pursuits that it cannot make sense not to reach out, if you face a long probation term, or encounter other collateral consequences to your interaction with the court system that serve as obstacles. We can help, but only if we know who you are, and what you face. Call now.

State v. T.I.

July, 2020
Charges: 4th Degree DWI - Misdemeanor

Plea to an amended count of Careless Driving. The sentence called for neither jail nor community service. She paid a minimal fine and didn't even have to complete a DWI course, which is typical for a DWI-type case, due to a positive chemical dependency assessment that only recommended a MADD panel. The North Star team did not have any viable legal defenses and the reading was a high .10. Nonetheless, the plea negotiations led to this terrific result for a young woman that needed to avoid a DWI conviction.

Types of Charge(s): DWI Case Results

State v. N.H.

July, 2020
Charges: Disorderly Conduct with a Domestic Assault Enhancer (Wisconsin Case)

Client received a deferred judgement of conviction - the equivalent of a stay of adjudication in Minnesota - to the disorderly conduct charge solely, as the domestic assault enhancer was dropped. For a young man that intends to pursue further schooling, maintaining a clean record was imperative. Yet, with a motivated complaining witness and no true defense for pre-trial litigation, the North Star team was able to negotiate this fantastic result, which not only gives the client a second chance, but minimizes his risk in the process too. The client was very pleased to have the North Star team by his side - even in Wisconsin.

Types of Charge(s): Domestic Assault Case Results

State v. B.S.

July, 2020
Charges: Probation Violation on Mail Theft and Drug Crimes - Felonies

Early Discharge from Probation. This probation violation was supported by reams of documentation of failures on the part of Mr. Adkins' new client, but a term of restorative work (and commitment to sobriety) by the client and artful arguments via Zoom technology meant the client is not only not headed to prison or jail, but will be released from probation early with a stern lecture.... If your family member (or you) faces allegations of failure on probation, please don't hesitate to contact North Star immediately. You'll be stunned how much aggressive representation can change the outcomes.

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