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K.M. v. C.S., February, 2018

Charges: Harassment Restraining Order - Sought against client

Resolution: Opposing party obtained an ex party harassment restraining order against our client - meaning, the Order was imposed without a hearing initially. Client challenged it and the Order was dismissed prior to the hearing after further investigation and developments led to the opposing party doing what was necessary - dismiss the HRO without the hearing. Client was incredibly stressed with this challenging situation and grateful for the patience and guidance of North Star in not only fighting for her, but in getting the right result.

State v. B.S., February, 2018

Charges: School Bus Arm Violation - Misdemeanor

Resolution: Stay of Adjudication. Minimal fine and terms of one-year probation are essentially non-existent. After the year probation, this matter will be dismissed without a conviction on the client's clean record - a critical outcome for her and her future.

State v. K.L., February, 2018

Charges: Driving After Suspension - Misdemeanor

Resolution: Client pled guilty to an amended count of public nuisance. The reason for the curious outcome is that this plea - and the client had no viable option but to enter a plea - will not lead to another traffic violation ending up on his driving record. For a client with a bad driving record, this outcome does not result in further suspension of his driving privileges and does not add another violation that could have gotten him further suspended because of the sheer number of violations over a short time period. This kind of attention to detail allows for creative outcomes to put the client in the best position possible after the case is done.

State v. D.S., January, 2018

Charges: 3rd Degree DWI

Resolution: Plea to a misdemeanor 4th Degree DWI and placed on unsupervised probation for one year. Despite an elevated reading, the client is not required to complete any jail or jail alternative - such as house arrest or even community service - there was no fine, and he received credit for the chemical dependency assessment and care already completed. Another great result for a deserving client.

State v. D.S., January, 2018

Charges: Felony theft by swindle

Resolution: Stay of imposition for three years. Client stole in excess of $18,000 from an employer through an elaborate scheme he had developed. This was his first criminal case and he lost everything as a result of the charges. After barely losing a motion to dismiss evidence seized pursuant to search warrants, the client positioned himself properly to limit his exposure. The end result is the client will earn a misdemeanor conviction after probation. On probation, he must complete the gambling addiction program he had started, continue going to GA, continue with other mental health care, and is only required to serve three days in jail - far less than the sixty initially sought by the State. All in all, it's a fantastic result for the client.

State v. B.S., January, 2018

Charges: Misdemeanor School Bus Stop Violation

Resolution: Stay of adjudication for only $200 and no same violations over the next year. The State initially wanted a straight plea and conviction. But, after thoughtful negotiations from the team at North Star, we were able to preserve the client's clean criminal record with this outcome.

State v. N.C., January, 2018

Charges: 2nd Degree DWI - Gross Misdemeanor, including vehicle forfeiture

Resolution: No Jail, vehicle returned. This client was convinced he'd sit in jail for 6 months, and had lost his girlfriend's valuable automobile, upon attending his First Appearance without an attorney. After hiring Mr. Adkins, things just started getting better, and better. In a county famous for draconian results, Dan convinced the Court to stagger any sentence of jail, with waivers anticipated where the client keeps the straight and narrow with regard to his conditions and avoids repeat offending. In addition, great hustle from the North Star staff in support of Mr. Adkins resulted in the return of the affected automobile. These results are incredibly rare at other firms, and relatively common for North Star. Hire a firm that will fight ALL aspects of your cases, and work creatively and thoughtfully to get you positive results from your own commitment to better choices.

State v. S.C., January, 2018

Charges: Felony Theft/R.S.P., Felony Narcotics Probation Violation

Resolution: Theft Diversion program. No jail. Client faced a lengthy jail term, and possible felony prison term, after getting caught in a theft and pawn scheme while on felony probation. After an initial denial of diversion (short term of conditional release resulting in dismissal of case with no conviction recorded, and no guilty plea tendered), Mr. Adkins convinced the prosecution to reconsider his client, who has now completed the vast majority of her programming and remains in line to exit both matters with no record of conviction, and directly in line for a full expungement of both matters. North Star routinely snatches victory from the teeth of crushing defeat in this manner, unlike any other firm in the State.

State v. C.M., January, 2018

Charges: Misdemeanor Domestic Assault

Resolution: Dismissed. Client was aggressive in getting therapies in place after a poor choice of conduct, and his supportive spouse assisted Mr. Adkins in getting this matter dismissed outright well in advance of a trial. Like theft or perjury counts, domestic assaults have MASSIVE consequences even beyond jail and a jarring record of arrest/conviction. The collateral consequences here, including permanent loss of gun rights, would have been disastrous for the client, who can now continue his life, and any future job search, without fear of his Second Amendment rights being crushed.

State v. R.G., January, 2018

Charges: Traffic matters, including driving after suspension and no proof of insurance, out of two different counties.

Resolution: One of the traffic cases was dismissed in its entirety, while the other was resolved for a continuance for a dismissal, meaning the client did not offer a plea and will never be convicted of anything. Her record will remain clean, which was critical for a commercial driver.

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