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State v. D.S., January, 2018

Charges: 3rd Degree DWI

Resolution: Plea to a misdemeanor 4th Degree DWI and placed on unsupervised probation for one year. Despite an elevated reading, the client is not required to complete any jail or jail alternative - such as house arrest or even community service - there was no fine, and he received credit for the chemical dependency assessment and care already completed. Another great result for a deserving client.

State v. D.S., January, 2018

Charges: Felony theft by swindle

Resolution: Stay of imposition for three years. Client stole in excess of $18,000 from an employer through an elaborate scheme he had developed. This was his first criminal case and he lost everything as a result of the charges. After barely losing a motion to dismiss evidence seized pursuant to search warrants, the client positioned himself properly to limit his exposure. The end result is the client will earn a misdemeanor conviction after probation. On probation, he must complete the gambling addiction program he had started, continue going to GA, continue with other mental health care, and is only required to serve three days in jail - far less than the sixty initially sought by the State. All in all, it's a fantastic result for the client.

State v. B.S., January, 2018

Charges: Misdemeanor School Bus Stop Violation

Resolution: Stay of adjudication for only $200 and no same violations over the next year. The State initially wanted a straight plea and conviction. But, after thoughtful negotiations from the team at North Star, we were able to preserve the client's clean criminal record with this outcome.

State v. N.C., January, 2018

Charges: 2nd Degree DWI - Gross Misdemeanor, including vehicle forfeiture

Resolution: No Jail, vehicle returned. This client was convinced he'd sit in jail for 6 months, and had lost his girlfriend's valuable automobile, upon attending his First Appearance without an attorney. After hiring Mr. Adkins, things just started getting better, and better. In a county famous for draconian results, Dan convinced the Court to stagger any sentence of jail, with waivers anticipated where the client keeps the straight and narrow with regard to his conditions and avoids repeat offending. In addition, great hustle from the North Star staff in support of Mr. Adkins resulted in the return of the affected automobile. These results are incredibly rare at other firms, and relatively common for North Star. Hire a firm that will fight ALL aspects of your cases, and work creatively and thoughtfully to get you positive results from your own commitment to better choices.

State v. S.C., January, 2018

Charges: Felony Theft/R.S.P., Felony Narcotics Probation Violation

Resolution: Theft Diversion program. No jail. Client faced a lengthy jail term, and possible felony prison term, after getting caught in a theft and pawn scheme while on felony probation. After an initial denial of diversion (short term of conditional release resulting in dismissal of case with no conviction recorded, and no guilty plea tendered), Mr. Adkins convinced the prosecution to reconsider his client, who has now completed the vast majority of her programming and remains in line to exit both matters with no record of conviction, and directly in line for a full expungement of both matters. North Star routinely snatches victory from the teeth of crushing defeat in this manner, unlike any other firm in the State.

State v. C.M., January, 2018

Charges: Misdemeanor Domestic Assault

Resolution: Dismissed. Client was aggressive in getting therapies in place after a poor choice of conduct, and his supportive spouse assisted Mr. Adkins in getting this matter dismissed outright well in advance of a trial. Like theft or perjury counts, domestic assaults have MASSIVE consequences even beyond jail and a jarring record of arrest/conviction. The collateral consequences here, including permanent loss of gun rights, would have been disastrous for the client, who can now continue his life, and any future job search, without fear of his Second Amendment rights being crushed.

State v. R.G., January, 2018

Charges: Traffic matters, including driving after suspension and no proof of insurance, out of two different counties.

Resolution: One of the traffic cases was dismissed in its entirety, while the other was resolved for a continuance for a dismissal, meaning the client did not offer a plea and will never be convicted of anything. Her record will remain clean, which was critical for a commercial driver.

State v. M.D., January, 2018

Charges: 3 separate cases out of two counties. In one county, the client had two cases: one misdemeanor obstruction of legal process and one misdemeanor public intoxication. In the other county, the client picked up a misdemeanor disorderly conduct and fleeing on foot.

Resolution: Stays of adjudication on the obstruction of legal process and disorderly conduct charges, and then a petty misdemeanor sentence for the public intoxication. Because of this incredible result, the client's future is saved. He is a National Guard member and would have been barred from being deployed later this year and possibly discharged from the service if he was convicted of these offenses. The primary county initially was steadfast in claiming it needed a plea to the obstruction charge because the client already had a stay of adjudication in the other county. Yet, with the right approach by Mr. Gempeler and some proactive measures taken by the client, the State agreed to give the client a second chance and earn the right to keep his future intact. It's a tremendous result and shows just how committed the team at North Star is in looking big picture and fighting for your future.

State v. B.M., December, 2017

Charges: Prostitution - Agreeing to Hire a Person Reasonably Believed to be under 18, but at least 16. Felony

Resolution: Client straight pled to the single count and we successfully argued for a gross misdemeanor sentence. The client engaged in text communications that were damning and led to an attempt to hire an undercover officer posing as a 17 year old for sexual acts. The client listened to Mr. Gempeler's counsel about being proactive in addressing any potential underlying sexual deviancy. He completed a day-long John's School, devoted to education on sex trafficking to offenders. He took a lot from this class and presented himself as the right candidate, deserving of a gross misdemeanor sentence. To go the extra mile, we hired a private consultant to prepare our own pre-sentence investigation to ensure that our client would come across to the judge in the best light possible. This proved critical to Mr. Gempeler's ability to artfully argue for the gross misdemeanor sentence. For a client with zero criminal history and in the process of starting his own business, avoiding a felony prostitution record was necessary. This is a difficult outcome to achieve, but done so because of the thoughtful and creative manner in which Mr. Gempeler navigated the case.

State v. B.P., December, 2017

Charges: Felony fleeing a peace officer and misdemeanor DWI

Resolution: Client straight pled to the two counts and obtained a departure to a gross misdemeanor sentence with no additional jail to serve. The County Attorney would not consider a non-felony outcome on the fleeing charge due to the client speeding in excess of 100 mph and extinguishing his headlights, while drunk. The client heeded our firm's advice in being proactive in obtaining a chemical dependency evaluation, following the recommendations, serving his revocation period, and having no further criminal issues. Utilizing a compelling client and the fact that he ceased the fleeing in short order, Mr. Gempeler was able to make the successful sentencing argument. On top of that, we negotiated a buy-back for the forfeited vehicle. Altogether, the client is thrilled to avoid the felony, not have to serve additional jail, and have his car back. Another client back on track without having this one-time mistake define him.

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