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State v. C.E., August, 2019

Charges: Felony Burglary charges

Resolution: Stay of Imposition to a Gross Misdemeanor burglary charge, with no jail to serve. A savvy and diligent defense put the client in a position to both avoid a felony conviction and earn a misdemeanor record after completing probation. For a young man that was simply caught up with the wrong crowd, Mr. Adkins worked tirelessly to advocate for this client and get the County Attorney on board with his bright future and why this outcome was just. The client could not be happier he got North Star to fight for him.

State v. L.L., August, 2019

Charges: 5th Degree Controlled Substance Violation - Gross Misdemeanor; Misdemeanor trespass; and misdemeanor drug paraphernalia

Resolution: Plead to the misdemeanor trespass charge and the remaining drug charges were dismissed. The State initially sought a plea to the drug charges with significant custody time. After leveraging potential legal defenses and bringing a motion to dismiss the case, the Defendant jumped at the opportunity to take a plea to a non-drug charge and have no jail to serve. Through this outcome, she eliminated all risk of possibly losing and ending up with a plea to a drug charge, which would have negatively impacted her career.

State v. P.M., August, 2019

Charges: 2nd Degree Assault with a Dangerous Weapon - Felony

Resolution: Stay of Imposition - Misdemeanor record after probation. Because of the discharge of a weapon, the client was looking at a mandatory minimum prison commitment of 36 months. Mr. Adkins masterfully maneuvered through the case and found a judge that bought into the client. Over the State's request, the judge departed from the prison commitment and even granted a stay of imposition. Further, the client didn't have to serve more than the two days in jail that he served upon arrest. With the conditions of probation basically only requiring the client to remain law abiding and sober, the client will earn a misdemeanor conviction. A truly remarkable outcome, achieved because of North Star's strategic and persuasive counsel.

State v. J.Y., August, 2019

Charges: 4th Degree DWI - Misdemeanor

Resolution: Plea to a careless driving misdemeanor offense. The client was a first-time offender with a high .11 reading (i.e. the average between his two tests were above .12). Plus, the client was underage. Despite this, the North Star team knew it could achieve a non-DWI with the right approach. The St. Paul city attorney balked at first, noting that they usually don't offer Careless Driving's to such a high reading. But, after further negotiations, the City agreed to make this incredible offer. For a young man that is working hard at building a bright career, getting a non-DWI outcome was absolutely necessary. He is pleased he had the North Star team to get it done for him.

State v. T.P., July, 2019

Charges: Furnishing Alcohol to a Minor - Gross Misdemeanor

Resolution: Continuance for Dismissal. The allegations were rather serious, to say the least, in that the underage party proceeded to have a mental breakdown while intoxicated into the very early morning hours. The client had some child protection services issues that resulted. But, due to her cooperation and compliance with the same, she regained custody and is back to being the mother the children need. As a result of that, the City rewarded her renewed focus on her own health and commitment through this incredible outcome.

State v. A.B., July, 2019

Charges: 3rd Degree DWI - Gross Misdemeanor

Resolution: Stay of Imposition. Client blew a .19 and got into an accident. She admitted to being drunk when stopped by police. By all accounts, the client had no legal defenses. Yet, with a strong plan of attack, the North Star team achieved this rare outcome on her behalf - OVER the State's objection. In a local city that is known for being tough on clients with high readings, Mr. Gempeler made a compelling argument at sentencing to give the client the chance to earn a misdemeanor disposition after probation. She is very ecstatic that she will be in the best position possible moving forward after the North Star team stepped in.

State v. J.M., July, 2019

Charges: Theft by Swindle - Gross Misdemeanor

Resolution: Stay of Adjudication. Client was caught switching UPC stickers at Target over the course of several visits. Yet, even though the city rarely grants this type of resolution, the proactive approach by North Star and the savvy negotiating led to this incredible result, allowing the client to keep her record clean.

State v. C.S., July, 2019

Charges: Indecent Exposure - Misdemeanor

Resolution: Plea to an amended count of Disorderly Conduct. For a case involving public masturbation in a parked vehicle, avoiding an indecent exposure conviction - as well as any time in custody - was a critical result for the client. He is very pleased at this terrific result and knowing that a sex-crime type offense will not be on his record.

State v. Confidential, July, 2019

Charges: Second Degree Assault and Threats of Violence - Felonies

Resolution: COMPLETE VINDICATION! Client facing his first felony, in midlife, with a career and encroaching retirement utterly threatened, just received notice that the entire matter is dismissed due to the aggressive and thoughtful advocacy Mr. Adkins provided. The County Attorney knew the right decision was to dismiss the case. The client is overjoyed with the counsel and fight he received from Mr. Adkins and for this new lease on life.

State v. J.J., July, 2019

Charges: 3rd Degree Assault - Felony

Resolution: Stay of Imposition, with a minimal term in custody. The facts of this case were not pretty in the sense that the client hospitalized his roommate over an innocuous argument. The client rebounded perfectly following the incident by seeking mental health treatment and refocusing his life around supportive family and friends. Due to this, he earned the opportunity to have a misdemeanor conviction following his probationary term. For a young man with a bright future, his regrettable decisions on a single night will not have to define him for life.

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