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State v. D.H., July, 2016

Charges: Gross Misdemeanor Harassment Restraining Order violation

Resolution: Case Dismissed. This client, in a years-long dispute with his neighbors regarding the conduct of our client's family, had faced multiple prosecutions relating to this Harassment Restraining Order, but that order and these charges were all dismissed on motion of the defense. Your lawyer needs to know how to artfully refuse to take 'no' for an answer, and time the motion for dismissal with extraordinary care. North Star does this routinely.

State v. C.A., July, 2016

Charges: Misdemeanor theft.

Resolution: Continuance for Dismissal. The terms of the agreement are minimal - small fine, no entry at place of theft, and no same or similar incidents (a non-issue with a clean record before this incident). With the client facing the possibility of losing her job if there was ever a plea or conviction, this was the necessary result obtained through the appropriate approach by North Star attorneys.

State v. L.C., July, 2016

Charges: Two separate Disorderly Conduct cases.

Resolution: Plead to one disorderly conduct and the other case is dismissed. Client received a stay of imposition on one case and had no jail or jail alternative (such as STS) imposed, despite being charged with two disorderly conducts in a matter of months for drunken misconduct in a residential community. The end game is the client has to comply with non-burdensome probationary conditions and pay the minimum fine. Considering what he was facing, the client was thrilled with this outcome and knowing we limited the possible negative collateral consequences that can stem from two convictions during a short period of time.

State v. S.L., July, 2016

Charges: 4th Degree DWI

Resolution: Careless Driving plea. Client was charged with a DWI at a .13 alcohol concentration level. Usually, the cut-off for a careless driving plea is a .10. Still, Mr. Adkins obtained this fantastic result due to his fantastic working relationship with the prosecutor and a client that was proactive in accepting responsibility for his actions. Together, this led to getting the just result for a deserving client.

State v. (Anonymous), June, 2016

Charges: Possible 1st and 3rd Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct. Both Felonies.

Resolution: Zero charges levied against client due to incredible work by Mr. Adkins in a pre-charge capacity. After more than two months of investigation, negotiation and evidence-characterization, a metro prosecutor declined to file charges that carry near-automatic prison implications, and lifelong registration-as-sex-offender consequences. And the matter is now closed. Client can continue to pursue a bright future, with a new and healthy respect for how close he came to ruination. A banner day for the firm, and a far better day for the client and family. ‪

State v. M.C., June, 2016

Charges: Disorderly Conduct and Trespass. Misdemeanors.

Resolution: Stay of adjudication to trespass charge and the disorderly conduct charge is dismissed. The stay period is for only 9 months and the terms of the agreement are light - small fine, no criminal convictions, and no contact with the complaining witness, which is a non-issue for this client. This outcome further ensures the client will be in a great position to have this record expunged in short order because the burden of proof on an expungement will flip to the State.

State v. M.G., June, 2016

Charges: 1st and 3rd Degree Arson, and Negligent Fires. All felonies.

Resolution: Client pled guilty to negligent fires as a gross misdemeanor. It was of utmost importance to keep a felony off of his record. The facts pointed to his actions causing the fire. Still, through diligent and strategic negotiations, the client is only convicted of a gross misdemeanor offense. The State didn't even agree to this plea deal, but remained silent, meaning the Court had to be convinced this was the right and just result - which was no easy feet considering the victim gave a powerful victim impact statement at sentencing. The client is thrilled with the outcome.

State v. T.T., June, 2016

Charges: Misdemeanor Domestic Assaults - two charges

Resolution: Case dismissed on the first day of trial. The State requested a late continuance, which was successfully opposed by Mr. Gempeler. Preparation was key, for not only being trial ready, but also to be able to make the correct arguments opposing an often granted continuance request. Due to the denial, the State could not proceed at trial and the case was dismissed. Mr. Gempeler also wisely laid a record to assist in defeating a potential re-filing of the charges due to bad faith by the State. This was a critical result for a client facing possible deportation with any conviction stemming from these allegations.

State v. (Confidential), June, 2016

Charges: Misdemeanor DWI

Resolution: Aggressive pre-charge negotiations on this relatively high-test DUI stop resulted in an immediate dismissal of the entire complaint, in favor of a tab charge to Reckless Driving and an outcome consistent with a petty misdemeanor offense after a short term of conditional release, minimal fine, and verification of driver education. Where travel to Canada, or other vital professional implications are at stake, contacting the lawyers at North Star can literally save your skin; it worked in this instance, to be sure.

State v. M.S., June, 2016

Charges: Felony DUI, First Degree Burglary, Felony Domestic Abuse No Contact Order Violation, among many charges

Resolution: Misdemeanor outcomes. Client's long-term relationship dissolved poorly, multiple felony counts resulted, Then two separate DUI matters allegedly occur. An utterly inclusive and long-term commitment to sobriety, and verification of the same, changed the tenor of the case completely, and a presumptive prison sentence was avoided completely. Client is able to maintain employment, keep his home, recover his work truck, and move on with his life, and was overjoyed with his results.

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