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State v. T.B., August, 2018

Charges: 4th Degree DWI - Misdemeanor

Resolution: Plea to an amended count of Failing to Drive with Due Care. This is a rare outcome, but one that the team at North Star have achieved with much more frequency than any attorney in this State. When negotiating DWI's, most work hard to avoid the DWI and settle for a Careless Driving. But, as you've seen on our Case Results pages, we know how to push for something better - like a Failing to Drive with Due Care. This outcome places the young, college student in a far better position as he applies for medical school and might even avoid the insurance premium spike often associated with DWI and Careless Driving convictions. When so much is at stake, it's important to get a team of DWI attorneys that aren't afraid to push for the rare outcome that puts you in the best position possible.

State v. S.A., August, 2018

Charges: 2nd Degree DWI - High test and accident - Gross Misdemeanor

Resolution: No Jail, no EHM, Successful Forfeiture defense--reduction to Third Degree DUI. Due to early and aggressive negotiations, and a client committed to recovery, a .20 test result and a rollover total accident did not result in a ruined life, or a long stint in jail. Indeed, the client avoided any jail or other programming obligations, notwithstanding a mandatory 30-day jail component under the affected statutes. Interposition of a chemical dependency evaluation with teeth, and the interlock device, mean the client not only avoids weeks in custody, but also he'll receive a payment from his insurance provider for the lost truck, likely in the form of a five-figure check. Unmatched success, except this sort of result is routine at this firm. You want to hire us, admit it.

State v. C.E., August, 2018

Charges: First Degree Burglary, Assault - Felonies

Resolution: Dismissal of Entire Complaint outright, reduction to misdemeanors only pending. This matter, concerning a young man with no criminal history inadvertently serving as a pawn in a murderous scheme to rob drug dealers by two other men, took lengthy, complex negotiations to achieve a remarkable result--dismissal of the entire complaint against Mr. Adkins' client, in favor of a misdemeanor trespass count and no jail or other sanctions, with a planned expungement of the entire matter after a brief period of probation. We do incredible things for thoughtful, coachable clients. Be that client.

State v. B.K., August, 2018

Charges: Domestic Assault - Misdemeanor

Resolution: Continuance for Dismissal. For a minimal cost, the client will earn the right to keep her record clean. While the North Star team built up a self-defense claim, it was still able to negotiate the guaranteed outcome that was most critical - a dismissal. On top of that, the City agreed to expunge the record immediately upon satisfaction of the terms of the deal. A truly great outcome.

State v. L.T., August, 2018

Charges: 3rd Degree DWI - Gross Misdemeanors

Resolution: Plea to a 3rd Degree DWI, but the sentencing was well below the statutory minimums. For any second time offenses, the DWI law mandates that the driver serve 30 days in custody, with most of that on house arrest. On top of that, most pleas result in a lengthy probationary term and significant fine. Here, the client was credited for three days served upon his arrest, and placed on two years probation with no additional time to serve (not even on house arrest). The fine was minimal. The North Star team leveraged a stop issue and utilized its strong relationship with the local prosecutor to get this atypical and great result for a deserving client. Goes to show that even when the law may require a penal sentence, the North Star attorneys know how to get the best results for their clients - even in the face of statutory minimums.

State v. R.B., August, 2018

Charges: 4th Degree DWI - Misdemeanor

Resolution: Plea to a 4th Degree. Sentence included no jail, no community service, a minimal fine, and probation to the Court. What makes this outcome remarkable is that the incident involved terrible driving conduct that led to an accident. With absolutely no available defense, the team at North Star still negotiated an outcome that is better than usual, notwithstanding the accident - which is often motivation for a prosecutor to seek more penal sentencing terms.

State v. D.N., August, 2018

Charges: 3rd Degree DWI - Gross Misdemeanor

Resolution: Plea to a 4th Degree DWI - Misdemeanor. What makes this result so incredible is that the incident involved a serious accident and a breath alcohol reading more than twice the legal limit. And on top of getting a misdemeanor, the client received probation to the court, with no further custody time or community service to complete and the minimum fine of $300. In serious accident DWI cases, cities are want to give such a great outcome. But, with a smart strategy and a proactive and remorseful client, the City Attorney knew this was a client deserving of this incredible outcome.

State v. T.H., July, 2018

Charges: 5th Degree Drug Possession - Felony

Resolution: Stay of Adjudication. Client is a young man with an incredibly bright future. The North Star team critically analyzed the facts and defenses of the case, and successfully obtained this important outcome - one that will ensure the client's clean criminal record will remain clean. After a brief probationary period and following through with the conditions of probation, the case will be dismissed.

State v. A.R., July, 2018

Charges: Multiple DWI's - Gross Misdemeanors

Resolution: Home Monitoring only. Mr. Adkins' client caught a nasty, high-test DUI arrest, more than ten years after a run of three other DWI convictions, and not two months later, caught another case, with a neighboring jurisdiction. Most lawyers would tell you that client was facing as much as a year in custody for this run of poor decisions, but with careful planning, intervention of treatment and the interlock program, and fraught negotiations with sometimes incredulous prosecutors, this client avoided another HOUR in jail. Remarkable result, for a remarkable team, and a wonderful (healing!) client.

State v. C.R., July, 2018

Charges: Social Host Citation - Misdemeanor - St. Paul City Ordinance Violation

Resolution: Dismissed by the prosecutor. Even though we received an incredible first offer for our client to complete a diversion program and the case would be dismissed. Ever diligent, Mr. Gempeler carefully reviewed the ordinance in play and the summary of the incident in the citation. In doing so, it was discovered that the State lacked facts to satisfy the definition of a key element to the charge. After raising this issue with the prosecutor, she agreed and dismissed the case. While this citation may not seem like much, to a client without a criminal record and was seeking employment in a highly competitive marketplace, it was critical to earn this outcome.

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