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State v. C.T., April, 2019

Charges: Interference with 911 Call - Gross Misdemeanor; two Domestic Assaults - Misdemeanors

Resolution: Stay of Adjudication to a single misdemeanor domestic assault. The terms of probation are minimal - no use of non-prescribed drugs or alcohol and testing upon demand. That's it. No jail. No community service. No domestic abuse programming. A small fine. For a hard-working father of several girls that were all supportive of him, obtaining this outcome was important for the family to continue its healing process and move forward from this off night.

State v. M.K., April, 2019

Charges: 4th Degree DWI - Misdemeanor

Resolution: Plea to an amended count of failing to drive with due care. This was an absolutely needed outcome for a client that does a lot of business in Canada. At a .12 breath alcohol level, though, getting anything other than a DWI, let alone an outcome better than a Careless Driving, is virtually unheard of. Undeterred by these prospects, Mr. Gempeler got to work to create the best possible plea negotiation strategy, which is all that was left without any legal defense. With the assistance of an incredible and long relationship with the prosecutor - who admittedly trusts this firm, completely - this ridiculously rare outcome was achieved. As a result, the client's business and work in Canada is saved and the single mistake will not have to hurt him going forward. These are the type of results that make us so unique and successful.

State v. N.M., April, 2019

Charges: Misdemeanor Domestic Assault

Resolution: Continuance for dismissal to an amended count of disorderly conduct. The client had no criminal record, but had engaged in rather poor behavior overall (though the assaultive behavior was not severe) due to a multi-day alcohol binge. The client was extremely proactive in addressing his underlying alcohol and mental health issues. With this, the North Star team leveraged their good relationship with the prosecutor and obtained this incredible outcome for a needful client.

State v. S.O., April, 2019

Charges: Misdemeanor Domestic Assault

Resolution: Dismissed. The client was charged with a first-time domestic involving his wife. Their decades long relationship was leading to a divorce, with this incident serving as the rock bottom point. But, the response by the family was remarkable. Proactive steps, including weekly meetings with their pastor and completing an anger management course, allowed the family to heal and rebuild their relationship. And despite living in the country for a long time, the client was just in the process of finishing his application for citizenship. The fear was that anything other than an outright dismissal could negatively impact his application, including the possibility of deportation. Understanding this, Mr. Gempeler and the North Star team developed a strategy that positioned the client for this dismissal --- via negotiations. There was no defense. This outcome was obtained through both the strong and trust relationship with the prosecutor, and an understanding of how to best approach the negotiations to get such an incredible and atypical result.

State v. S.I., April, 2019

Charges: 5th Degree Assault - Misdemeanor

Resolution: Stay of Adjudication to a misdemeanor disorderly conduct. The North Star team was retained a week before the trial. After getting the trial continued - over the State's objection - the firm immediately began utilizing its relationships with the local prosecutor's office and leveraged the self-defense claim (albeit, not a strong one) into such a crucial outcome for the client. Because this will never be a conviction, the client can continue pursuing her social services career and will not have a bad night, after bar-close fight hold her back.

State v. R.T., April, 2019

Charges: 5th Degree Assault - Misdemeanor

Resolution: Stay of Adjudication to a misdemeanor disorderly conduct. The North Star team was retained a week before the trial. After getting the trial continued - over the State's objection - the firm immediately began utilizing its relationships with the local prosecutor's office and leveraged the self-defense claim (albeit, not a strong one) into such a crucial outcome for the client. Because this will never be a conviction, the client can continue pursuing her nursing career and will keep a clean record.

State v. C.R., March, 2019

Charges: 3rd Degree DWI - Gross Misdemeanor

Resolution: Plea to a 4th Degree DWI - Misdemeanor. With no legal defenses available, the client was able to cut his losses, avoid a gross misdemeanor, had no further jail to serve, and the fine was minimal. An exactly identical case was called before it, and the defendant - with a different private counsel - was ordered to complete two full days of community service. Not for our client. We always maximize any plea deal to ensure that our clients get the best possible outcome for any case.

State v. L.D., March, 2019

Charges: Pre-Charge - Possible Felony Drug Charges

Resolution: No Charges Filed. Client was pinched for a serious felony drug case. With the guidance of the North Star team, the client negotiated an agreement with local law enforcement to become an informant. Needing a team of attorneys by his side to enforce the agreement with law enforcement, the North Star team worked closely with the parties to ensure the expectations were reasonable and understandable, and that the objective was achievable. Otherwise, often the terms are due unrealistic, leading to failure and charges being levied, despite an informants best efforts sometimes. Even though the cops may come across like they're acting in good faith, always remember, their first priority is their interests only. This young client was thankful for the North Star team by his side to allow him to avoid the lifelong impact a felony drug case can have.

State v. K.F., March, 2019

Charges: Pre-Charge - Possible Felony Assault and Domestic Assault

Resolution: County Attorney's office DECLINED TO CHARGE the client and even went so far as instructed the investigator to immediately release the client from custody. Within hours of being retained, the North Star team gathered sufficient information from the family to relay to the County Attorney who was in the middle of reviewing the file for charging. With this additional information, the choice was clear - this client needed to be released without charges immediately and returned to her family. The family was overjoyed at this news and emphasized they were right to choose our team over other firms they were considering. Another case where the North Star team's immediate hustle and tenacity leads to another incredible result.

State v. T.O., March, 2019

Charges: 2nd Degree DWI - Gross Misdemeanor

Resolution: Plea to a 3rd Degree DWI. On a third time offense, the statute "mandates" 30 days in custody and an additional 60 on house arrest. With a very aggressive and strategic approach, the North Star team was able to get the prosecutor to agree to a cap of 45 days and let us argue to the Court on how that was to be served (i.e. jail or house arrest). With a strong sentencing letter submitted in advance, along with an impassioned argument at sentencing, the judge allowed the client to serve the balance of his time on house arrest. On top of that, the previously forfeited vehicle was returned to the client as well. A truly incredible and rare outcome that the North Star team achieved. This is why you need a firm like ours - we push, fight, and get outcomes that otherwise seem unobtainable, except to us.

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