Case Results

State v. N.S.

July, 2021
Charges: 3rd Degree DWI - Refusal (Gross Misdemeanor); 4th Degree DWI - Misdemeanor

Case dismissed. Client was alleged to have refused the official breath test at the station. But, critically, he was not read the breath test advisory, which advises him of his legal rights (most importantly, his right to consult with a lawyer), prior to making a decision to take the breath test. So when he allegedly refused, the police's failure to advise him of his rights, which is required by law, his refusal isn't illegal. And without the refusal charge, the DWI investigation lacked sufficient facts to justify the fourth-degree under the influence charge. The North Star team set out to aggressively litigate these issues. But, short of the motion hearing, the State called in advance to talk over the case and quickly realized that it had to dismiss the case. Another terrific result for the North Star team and proving, once again, that it's strategic and strong approach gets results!

Types of Charge(s): DWI Case Results, Gross Misdemeanor

State v. N.R.

July, 2021
Charges: 4th Degree DWI - Misdemeanor

Plea to an amended count of Careless Driving. While this is a common outcome for a first-time DWI, it is NOT common for cases involving a .14 BrAC, which is what this client blew at the station. Almost always, anything above a .10 or .11 (if the prosecutor is being particularly generous) leads to a plea to a misdemeanor DWI. But, the North Star team is never deterred by this unwritten rules of the practice and always willing to give it our best effort to get the atypical outcome. And, here, with our fight and strategy, we achieved this truly amazing outcome and the client is beyond thrilled, knowing the long odds in getting it.

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

State v. H.H.

July, 2021
Charges: Misdemeanor trespass

Continuance for dismissal. The client is a young professional who was caught breaking into a refinery site with her boyfriend trying to steal expensive machinery parts, tools, etc. Despite this being a more serious trespass case and what they were likely trying to accomplish, the North Star team achieved this incredible result to keep her record clean of this offense. After complying with minimal terms of probation for one year, this entire case will result in a dismissal - without any acknowledgement from the client of wrongdoing.

Types of Charge(s): Misdemeanor

State v. J.A.

July, 2021
Charges: Two domestic assault charges (misdemeanors); two assault charges (misdemeanors); and a misdemeanor disorderly conduct.

Case dismissed. The client had a viable self-defense claim and the allegations were nebulous, as well. We pushed for a trial, knowing the complainant had a history of false allegations and not further pursuing them in the criminal justice system. The North Star team successfully negotiated an almost no-lose proposition with the State. IF the witness reasserts herself, they would still offer a diversionary outcome, which would still mean no conviction. As the trial approached, the North Star team corresponded with the prosecutor about the case and he ultimately realized the right decision was to dismiss the case entirely. Another fantastic result by the North Star team.

State v. C.B.

July, 2021
Charges: Driving After Cancellation, Inimical to Public Safety - Gross Misdemeanor

Case dismissed. The client was stopped by an officer who simply recognized him and believed him to be without a license. Unfortunately, the cop guessed right and confirmed the cancelled license before pulling him over. Armed with no defense and the client being on felony probation, the client set out to take immediate proactive steps to get valid and have the ignition interlock device installed in his vehicle. Recognizing the importance of now being valid and because he already served time after his arrest, the prosecutor was willing to outright dismiss the matter at North Star's request. Another incredible result by the North Star team.

State v. N.C.

June, 2021
Charges: School Bus Stop Arm Violation - Gross Misdemeanor

Dismissed. The client is an older woman and had no prior record. This charge was extremely burdensome to her and she knew she made a mistake. Without any true legal defense to work with, the North Star team set out to humanize their client and presented a strong plea negotiation. Realizing this was a deserving defendant, the prosecutor - to his credit - dismissed the case, believing what we explained about our client and that she would not pose a problem going forward. Another incredible outcome for a more than deserving client.

State v. Y.V.

June, 2021
Charges: Theft by Swindle - Felony

Plea to a gross misdemeanor theft count. The client was caught on camera swapping UPC code stickers to purchase expensive items for much cheaper. Needless to say, we had no actual defense to these charges. Despite this - and a County Attorney who was none too pleased with our clients behavior and belief that his actual wrongdoing far exceeded what they could prove - the North Star team got a plea agreement to a non-felony and no jail to serve. The client could not be happier to avoid the felony outcome and not have to do any time in custody.

In Re: Confidential

June, 2021
Charges: Pre-Charge - 3rd Degree Murder

A young man's best friend, and frequent partner in addiction, turns up dead from an overdose, and our man has been texting him that very day about providing him with synthetic and fentanyl-laced pills--and just that type of narcotic triggered the overdose. After an initial (disastrous!) phone call with the lead homicide detective in Ramsey County, our man calls Mr. Adkins. After North Star's intervention, the investigation into our client is closed, no charges filed, no (second) life destroyed, no prison, no trial.... Never, never ever confront police alone, or without the assistance of talented aggressive PROVEN trial winners, like James or Dan. Just don't--the police are exceptional at obtaining inculpatory statements, and you have no training in this field. Mr. Adkins has successfully extracted folks from possible felony exposure since before graduating law school, back in the Stone Age. There are no tricks, no traps, no verbal judo battles he's not avoided, or removed, or prevailed in for his clients. Simply a staggering result, and deeply appreciated by the client and his loving, relieved family.

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

State v. Confidential

June, 2021
Charges: Third and Fifth Degree Drug Charges - Felonies

Stay of Adjudication. Client visits North Star looking at his third felony, with possible prison connotations, for more than four hundred (!!) prescription pills and a bill with a testable amount of powder cocaine on it, all within his possession. After intense negotiations and motion practice, the State alters its offer to a stay of adjudication on two drug counts at fifth degree; no jail to serve--not an hour, and no real additional consequences past a $50 fine; the matter is not a conviction, and will be dismissed in anticipation of an expungement in as little as a year. This, notwithstanding a full confession.... When you or someone you care about gets trapped in a terrible spot, which lawyer you retain to salvage what can be saved makes all the difference. All the difference....

Types of Charge(s): Drug Crime Case Results, Felonies

State v. M.K.

June, 2021
Charges: First Degree Drug Case - Felonies

North Star takes a call from a young woman, facing (with her mother) a mandatory minimum sentence on first degree drug counts, suitcases full of uncut methamphetamine, and an entrenched and talented prosecutor. Motions had already been filed, and lost... yet Mr. Adkins secured an almost insane outcome. No jail--not one hour; two years of essentially unsupervised probation or less; no real fine, no treatment requirement, no letters of apology... and most importantly, no requirement that she testify against her mother, or anyone else, itself a deadly obligation, always to be avoided where possible. Staggering result, one you won't see in other firms or on other similar cases.

Types of Charge(s): Drug Crime Case Results, Felonies

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