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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.

State v. J.T., July, 2018

Charges: 2nd Degree Burglary - Felony

Resolution: Plea to an amended count of gross misdemeanor theft. The client was facing mandatory prison time based on the charge and the State was initially seeking a plea to the count as charged with significant jail time to be served. For an older client without any criminal history, avoiding a felony and any jail was imperative. The client ultimately earned a non-felony, no jail, and probation to the court after taking proactive steps and through Mr. Gempeler's proper guidance and negotiations.

State v. R.S., July, 2018

Charges: 3rd Degree Felony Assault and Gross Misdemeanor Theft

Resolution: Stay of Adjudication to the assault and a stay of imposition to the theft. Despite causing a broken hand to the victim and a rather significant history of misconduct occurring during the same time period, the Defendant avoided the felony, had no restitution imposed, and got a minimal jail sentence for a three-year probationary period. The State wanted sixty days in jail and a five year probation term, plus restitution. The judge advised counsel before the hearing he was still deciding restitution and contemplating a thirty day jail term. Based on Mr. Gempeler's argument and the Defendant's own statement, the judge moved on his positions significantly when issuing the ultimate sentence. The Defendant deserved this incredible result because he is the poster child for rehabilitating yourself and becoming a true asset to the public prior to the case wrapping up. He has a bright future, despite his multiple transgressions, because of his proactive approach to rehabilitation and by retaining North Star - a firm uniquely talented in handling multiple matters and putting people back on the right track when all is said and done.

State v. E.V., July, 2018

Charges: Misdemeanor Disorderly Conduct

Resolution: Diversion resulting in a dismissal. Over the next six months, the client must complete some community service and pay a nominal fee. Upon his completion of that, the case will be dismissed. The client was facing the possibility of stalking charges. Yet, the careful and persistent negotiations by the North Star team led to a result that allows the client to keep his record clear.

State v. M.M., June, 2018

Charges: Gross Misdemeanor Theft, Shoplifting

Resolution: Diversion. If the client can complete 24 hours of community service, attend a PERT class, and remain law abiding for the next six months, the case will be dismissed. There is no admission to facts, plea, or any conviction associated with the case. Considering evidence showed the client shoplifted $1,600+ from Target over the course of several weeks, obtaining a complete dismissal is rare and needful for a young woman with a bright future.

State v. C.K., June, 2018

Charges: Felony Drug Crimes - Repeat Offender (Out of Wisconsin)

Resolution: No additional custodial time. This matter concerned a gentleman charged in both Minnesota and Wisconsin for methamphetamine distribution, with qualifying prior convictions and large weights being moved. Mr. Adkins labored mightily to reduce his exposure in Minnesota, successfully, so that the client could apply for (successfully!) the Boot Camp program and planned release by January 1, 2019. However, a judge in neighboring St. Croix County considered a consecutive sentence, or otherwise delaying the client for as much as 18 months before starting that boot programming. Shirlene Perrin and Dan Adkins convinced that judge to settle for the time client had already spent in his local jail, and his entry into the Minnesota programming is back on track. North Star has made itself the most successful multiple-jurisdiction criminal defense firm in the Upper Midwest, with care and foresight and hard, hard work.

State v. M.P., June, 2018

Charges: Felony Assault - Wisconsin case

Resolution: Stay of Adjudication, Misdemeanor. North Star's Dan Adkins teamed up with the incomparable Shirlene Perrin Law Firm to achieve the unthinkable. Client, who mistook one man for the fellow who had harassed and propositioned his girlfriend on an evening out, knocked that wrong man out cold, causing serious injuries and requiring ongoing care concerns. After lengthy negotiations, and maximum creativity on Shirlene's and Dan's part, the case concludes with an unaccepted guilty plea, a brief period on light conditions, and dismissal of the reduced misdemeanor count. Client will NEVER have a conviction on his record, if he complies with the terms he's accepted. Life-altering stuff, this.

State v. J.M., June, 2018

Charges: Gross Misdemeanor Child Endangerment

Resolution: Reduction to Disorderly Conduct, Fine only/Petty Misdemeanor. This nearly three year old matter came to Dan after two other lawyers had intervened, neither of whom could resolve the case and had simply set it for jury trial, unfortunately without any real defense. Dan negotiated with a team of prosecutors, and convinced them (armed with proof that his client had completed his recommended assessments and therapeutic programming) there'd be no repeat offenses. Demands for jail time and a jarring record of conviction (think lying/cheating/stealing/MASSIVE record-check impact) were dropped, and the case wrapped with minimal impact. Client is rapturous.

Order For Protection Matter – Hennepin County, June, 2018

Charges: OFP allegations in the nature of stalking and sexual predation

Resolution: O.F.P. DENIED, Court considering sanctions on Petitioner. How many lawyers actually contest OFP requests, or DANCO matters, or a Harassment Restraining Order, with any level of success? THESE FELLOWS DO. A litigant with a growing record of abuse of the court system sought to complicate the life of Mr. Adkins' client with an OFP--which would mean no more gun rights, no retention of a high-paying job, etc.--on the basis of outrageous but impactful allegations of misconduct. Mr. Adkins ensured the trier of fact knew the Petitioner's history of falsehoods and manipulation, and after two pointless trips to the courthouse, the judge is now considering the exceptional remedy of actually sanctioning the petitioner financially for her tomfoolery. Justice ACHIEVED.

State v. Confidential, June, 2018

Charges: Felony Drug Possession, Gun Present (Olmsted County)

Resolution: Stay of Adjudication. This prosecution, concerning a relatively massive amount of marijuana, marijuana oil, butters, gummies, etc. being transported from the great state of Colorado to points east (past Minnesota, as it happens), presented solid issues for a challenge to the stop of the defendant's vehicle, and a possible challenge to the expansion of the stop to search the trunk thereof. However, three passengers' having resolved their felony counts with guilty pleas meant the issues were not optimal, given the bench and its proclivities, so Mr. Adkins sought a resolution that would not entail an accepted guilty plea, would involve exactly no jail time or other sanctions other than a promise to behave, and would permit the defendant to return to his home state without onerous probationary conditions. He was successful, notwithstanding a semi-automatic firearm was also found in the trunk, and attributed to the owner and driver of the affected vehicle--our client. Remarkable result for a remarkable client, one with more to lose than most. Ask us about this matter, particularly if your matter concerns a foreign national or a person with multi-state criminal exposure.

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