Case Results

State v. M.K., September, 2017

Charges: 3rd Degree DWI - Gross Misdemeanor

Resolution: Plea to 3rd Degree DWI. Client's breath test result was .21. No matter how hard we tried, the City was unwilling to consider a 4th Degree DWI. Still, the team at North Star worked hard to put our client in a position to minimize the consequences that would have come his way without our work. At the end of the day, the client was sentenced to no further jail or community work service, pay a fine, and placed on probation. The State wanted community work service, but Mr. Gempeler successfully argued for credit due to the client's community service and volunteer coaching. The client is very satisfied that the end result is minimal compared to what he expected, due to the hard work of North Star.

State v. T.J., September, 2017

Charges: Disorderly Conduct - Misdemeanor

Resolution: Stay of adjudication. Client has a clean criminal record and it was vital to keep it that way. After counseling the client on how to position herself into being a good candidate for this great result, the team at North Star used its good relationship with the city attorney to finalize this opportunity for the client to earn the right to keep her record clean.

State v. D.L., September, 2017

Charges: 4th Degree DWI - Misdemeanor

Resolution: Failing to Drive with Due Care guilty plea. The client contacted North Star the night of the incident. After some strategic and lengthy discussions, the client blew .079, which means his license was never revoked because it was below the legal threshold. Still, the State charged him with a DWI because, in theory, he was over the legal limit when he was driving. Despite having never appeared in this county before, Mr. Gempeler negotiated an incredible result of failing to drive with due care, which is far better than the typical plea negotiation to a careless driving. The client received an incredibly light sentence and keeps his record clean of any major violation. He could not be happier that he contact North Star the night of the incident and got their counsel through this difficult time in his life.

Confidential Annulment Matter, September, 2017

Charges: Annulment of Marriage

Resolution: In what appears to be the first successful annulment filing in the State in some time, North Star and Mr. Adkins convinced a Dakota County Judge to not only annul (essentially, erase from ever existing) a marriage notwithstanding cases disfavoring this remedy, but to grant her protection from creditors and other valuable relief. Client is ecstatic, with good reason--her name is utterly restored, and she can leave this troubling timeframe completely behind.

Confidential Dissolution Matter, September, 2017

Charges: Divorce involving children

Resolution: Nasty, insult-filled breakup, inclusive of domestic assault charges (resolved by Mr. Gempeler with a stay of adjudication on disorderly conduct, nicely done!), began a year-long tussle to divide a young family. Mr. Adkins achieved exceptional results for a mom putting together a new home, restarting a great career, returning to complete a college degree, etc. Mediation employed effectively, and strategic decisions on property-split are bearing fruit as the opposing party fails to keep his promises.

State v. H.H., September, 2017

Charges: 3rd Degree DWI - Gross Misdemeanor

Resolution: Client pled to a 4th Degree DWI as a misdemeanor. The case involved an accident, which usually leads prosecutors to take an aggressive approach in plea negotiations. The State started out that way. But, through a careful and thoughtful approach, Mr. Gempeler was able to get the State to see that our client deserved and earned a lenient outcome. What started as a plea to a gross misdemeanor, resulted with a plea to a misdemeanor, with no time to serve in jail, probation to the court (which saves the client hundreds of dollars in probation services fees), and a minimal fine of only $100. Truly, this is a remarkable outcome for a deserving client.

State v. A.S., September, 2017

Charges: 3rd Degree DWI - GM

Resolution: Plea to a misdemeanor 4th Degree DWI. Client was facing the statutory minimum sentence of 48 hours in custody and 28 days on house arrest. Instead, the plea agreement called for her to do no additional time in custody or on house arrest. She was placed on one-year probation and only required to complete the Hennepin County 1-day DWI program and pay a fine of $500. This is an incredible result for a deserving client.

B.W. and V.F., August, 2017

Charges: Child Custody/Contempt case - Family law matter

Resolution: Mediation scheduled over opposing party's objection, and contempt citation completely avoided notwithstanding pretty aggressive conduct on the part of our client. Getting North Star involved in your child custody matter early is key, but any time is the right time to get the sort of exhaustive and comprehensive assistance that we provide, particularly when the welfare of your offspring is at issue. Fantastic result, and the subsequent mediation session was only icing on a well-created cake.

Confidential CHIPs Matter, August, 2017

Charges: CHIPs case - allegations involve excessive punishment

Resolution: After ensuring her children were returned immediately after the intervention of Children Protective Services in this matter, where a child was punished arguably in a felony manner by a third party, this mom successfully navigated the State's often maze-like process to confirm custody and proper parenting, in short order and with high praise from the participants. North Star routinely handles these mixed family-court/criminal matters, and our results are unmatched. We combine early and thoughtful intervention with constant contact and a long and inclusive list of preferred therapeutic providers to achieve outstanding results. Visit with us immediately if you are in these straits--the sooner you stop the bleeding, the sooner you get to recover and move on as a family.

State v. C.S., August, 2017

Charges: 2nd Degree DWI - Gross Misdemeanor

Resolution: Client successfully avoided ANY jail time on his second DUI, with a reading well over .20. His status as a wounded veteran impressed the judge, and the State did not object to a virtual petty misdemeanor sentence (with probationary terms to ensure good conduct and no repeat offenses for two years) in this instance, thereby avoiding a substantial mandatory minimum jail sentence and other onerous obligations.

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