Case Results

State v. M.D., January, 2018

Charges: 3 separate cases out of two counties. In one county, the client had two cases: one misdemeanor obstruction of legal process and one misdemeanor public intoxication. In the other county, the client picked up a misdemeanor disorderly conduct and fleeing on foot.

Resolution: Stays of adjudication on the obstruction of legal process and disorderly conduct charges, and then a petty misdemeanor sentence for the public intoxication. Because of this incredible result, the client's future is saved. He is a National Guard member and would have been barred from being deployed later this year and possibly discharged from the service if he was convicted of these offenses. The primary county initially was steadfast in claiming it needed a plea to the obstruction charge because the client already had a stay of adjudication in the other county. Yet, with the right approach by Mr. Gempeler and some proactive measures taken by the client, the State agreed to give the client a second chance and earn the right to keep his future intact. It's a tremendous result and shows just how committed the team at North Star is in looking big picture and fighting for your future.

State v. B.M., December, 2017

Charges: Prostitution - Agreeing to Hire a Person Reasonably Believed to be under 18, but at least 16. Felony

Resolution: Client straight pled to the single count and we successfully argued for a gross misdemeanor sentence. The client engaged in text communications that were damning and led to an attempt to hire an undercover officer posing as a 17 year old for sexual acts. The client listened to Mr. Gempeler's counsel about being proactive in addressing any potential underlying sexual deviancy. He completed a day-long John's School, devoted to education on sex trafficking to offenders. He took a lot from this class and presented himself as the right candidate, deserving of a gross misdemeanor sentence. To go the extra mile, we hired a private consultant to prepare our own pre-sentence investigation to ensure that our client would come across to the judge in the best light possible. This proved critical to Mr. Gempeler's ability to artfully argue for the gross misdemeanor sentence. For a client with zero criminal history and in the process of starting his own business, avoiding a felony prostitution record was necessary. This is a difficult outcome to achieve, but done so because of the thoughtful and creative manner in which Mr. Gempeler navigated the case.

State v. B.P., December, 2017

Charges: Felony fleeing a peace officer and misdemeanor DWI

Resolution: Client straight pled to the two counts and obtained a departure to a gross misdemeanor sentence with no additional jail to serve. The County Attorney would not consider a non-felony outcome on the fleeing charge due to the client speeding in excess of 100 mph and extinguishing his headlights, while drunk. The client heeded our firm's advice in being proactive in obtaining a chemical dependency evaluation, following the recommendations, serving his revocation period, and having no further criminal issues. Utilizing a compelling client and the fact that he ceased the fleeing in short order, Mr. Gempeler was able to make the successful sentencing argument. On top of that, we negotiated a buy-back for the forfeited vehicle. Altogether, the client is thrilled to avoid the felony, not have to serve additional jail, and have his car back. Another client back on track without having this one-time mistake define him.

State v. Confidential, December, 2017

Charges: Felony Domestic Assault - Strangulation

Resolution: Mr. Adkins was able to resolve this complex felony for a continuance for dismissal on misdemeanor grounds, after assisting the complaining witness and his client to create a creative resolution not only to the criminal case, but also the custody battle that had been starting up when the offense conduct occurred. If your matter has family-law considerations, you need to contact North Star RIGHT AWAY, so a coordinated approach can be instituted and your rights protected from the start. Client was overjoyed, and his initial attorney's claim that no defense existed proved utterly inaccurate.

State v. M.M., December, 2017

Charges: Various felony level offenses - drug crimes, theft, false information ...

Resolution: Further proof that North Star has become the ONLY place to take a family member or friend with a raft of open matters, facing a multitude of sentences for a rash of misconduct. This client faced a massive hit in a neighboring state for violations of parole, and had enough open cases in Minnesota to face an almost larger term HERE. Mr. Adkins worked with prosecutors all over the state to reduce her exposure to no additional jail time, and prepared her to return to a program back in her state that will permit her to be home for the holidays this Fall. When you need your lawyers and their team to handle this sort of complication, and this many opposing prosecutors and cops, you'd be foolish not to call North Star. We have perfected this challenging effort.

State v. (Confidential), December, 2017

Charges: Third Degree Controlled Substance Crime - Introducing Drugs into a Prison (Felony)

Resolution: Client faced a mandatory expansion, by nearly a decade, of her existing prison sentence, for introducing drugs to a jail while she was serving a prison term. Negotiations and aggressive investigatory work by the North Star team - particularly Mr. Adkins - resulted in less than three months' extra time to serve. A fantastic outcome for a client working her tail off to rehabilitate herself.

State v. R.S., December, 2017

Charges: Felony theft (out of two counties) and misdemeanor theft from a workplace

Resolution: Client straight-pled one felony case to the judge and was granted a downward departure to a gross misdemeanor sentence. The other felony case out of a different county was dismissed as part of the global resolution. And the client received a stay of imposition, vacate and dismiss, on the misdemeanor case. So, even though he was facing three separate cases (including one more that remains unresolved), the client will have only one gross misdemeanor conviction remain on his record. The sentence is incredibly lenient too - no jail, no house arrest, small fine, and some community service to do. The deserving young man literally changed his life around following these incidents and is sober for over a year by the time sentencing rolled around. That, along with a strong argument for the departure by the North Star team, led to this fantastic result that will allow him to continue to succeed going forward.

State v. K.N., December, 2017

Charges: Gross Misdemeanor - Shoplifting

Resolution: Diversion. Client will be placed on a few months of diversion, wherein she only needs to complete some community service and pay a small fee. The typical request to complete a class regarding shoplifting was waived due to the client's proactive approach in addressing her underlying gambling addiction. The end result is a complete dismissal of the case and a client that is on her way to combating her addiction. This is what matters most to the team at North Star.

State v. J.K., December, 2017

Charges: 4th Degree DWI - Misdemeanor

Resolution: Client pled guilty to a careless driving. At a .11, the client was initially too high to receive a plea offer to a careless driving. After the North Star team advised the client on how to take proactive steps to improve his lot and then understand the big picturing surrounding the impact this case could have on the client, a strategic negotiation was implemented, netting the careless driving plea. On top of that, the client was placed on unsupervised probation (saving him hundreds of dollars and a headache) and not ordered to complete any community service even.

State v. C.S., November, 2017

Charges: First Degree DWI - Felony

Resolution: Bad-facts, fifth-offense in ten years, DUI arrest did not resolve where it was headed, with a prison commitment and gnashing of teeth. Client will complete the Safe Streets First Program, with jail time waivable with good conduct and on a staggered sentence. Devoted participation in aggressive dual-diagnosis treatment saves the day, and the client worked diligently with Mr. Adkins to put his best feet forward, again and again.

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