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State v. S.M., June, 2018

Charges: Felony 4th Degree Assault (of an Officer) and Gross Misdemeanor Obstruction of Legal Process

Resolution: Stay of adjudication to the assault charge. Offenses involving harming an officer and disobeying their commands are often difficult to resolve in a favorable manner. Almost always, the prosecutor will want a permanent conviction. Yet, Mr. Gempeler was able to get a stay of adjudication, which means the client will not have a conviction following her successful completion of probation. Another terrific result - and this was in a county in which Mr. Gempeler had yet to practice in, proving that our approach works across the State.

In re: OFP Against C.G., June, 2018

Charges: Order for protection sought against C.G.

Resolution: Order dismissed with prejudice. This matter, concerning the same fellow below and one day later, concerned a woman claiming maltreatment by a man with an extensive criminal record, who simply refuses to be judged solely thereby. The Court ruled in his favor, dismissing all demands to restrict his conduct, and is now considering our request that the petitioner pay our client back the funds he paid to US. Hired tigers, folks, and you will never wonder if you are being protected, or if your interests are being advanced.

State v. C.G., June, 2018

Charges: Probation violation on a felony matter

Resolution: Community Work Service only. This client, with enough criminal history points to qualify as a career criminal, neglected to notify probation when engaging in business transactions that necessitated approval from his agent, and was facing a stretch in state prison therefore. Mr. Adkins intervened, convinced the State to reconsider its demands, and the file will close early after some volunteer work by the client.

State v. S.B., June, 2018

Charges: Fourth Degree DWI - Controlled Substance

Resolution: Plea to an amended count of careless driving. The sentence was consistent with a standard first-time DWI offense - meaning, no jail or community service, minimal fine, and complete the DWI one-day program and MADD victim impact panel. Point being, the client didn't have to earn the careless driving with a more serious punishment. And, most importantly, because this was a controlled substance DWI, the client's license was never revoked. Achieving a non-DWI outcome in such an instance is rare because prosecutors care deeply about getting a record to enhance any future DWI's. After following the guidance of Mr. Gempeler, the client took the proactive steps necessary and provided the information about his studies and future career that were leveraged to get this incredible result.

State v. M.J., June, 2018

Charges: Gross misdemeanor domestic assault with a firearm and a misdemeanor domestic assault

Resolution: Stay of adjudication to a misdemeanor domestic assault. For a registered nurse, avoiding a permanent record permitted the client to keep her nursing license and preserve her good record. Such an outcome was hard to come by with a prosecutor that was dead-set on getting a conviction. After lengthy negotiations and setting the case on for trial, the North Star team finally obtained the appropriate outcome for a deserving client. It's this diligence and willingness to fight that led to this fantastic outcome.

State v. K.B., May, 2018

Charges: Felony Controlled Substance

Resolution: Stay of Imposition, no jail. This client, already on probation for a felony narcotics matter, avoided a mandatory minimum prison sentence for a marijuana grow operation in massive scale, and will serve exactly no days in jail for the plea. Tenth District practice is tricky, and requires lawyers with a key understanding of the personalities and the quirks in that region, running from Buffalo out west to Hinckley up north and to Cottage Grove and Afton in the south Metro. Do not hire just anyone in this arena--go with pros, who have practiced artfully here for decades in Mr. Adkins' case, and with incredible early success in Mr. Gempeler.

State v. K.B., May, 2018

Charges: Felony drug crimes

Resolution: Stay of Imposition, no jail. This client, already on probation for a felony narcotics matter, avoided a mandatory minimum prison sentence for a marijuana grow operation in massive scale, and will serve exactly no days in jail for the plea. Tenth District practice is tricky, and requires lawyers with a key understanding of the personalities and the quirks in that region, running from Buffalo out west to Hinckley up north and to Cottage Grove and Afton in the south Metro. Do not hire just anyone in this arena--go with pros, who have practiced artfully here for decades in Dan's case, and with incredible early success in James'.

State v. C.B., May, 2018

Charges: Solicitation of a Minor - Felony

Resolution: Reduced after argument to Gross Misdemeanor. After more than 2 years of negotiation and litigation, this matter was presented to a judge on motion to sentence as a gross misdemeanor, with no jail time to serve and the State opposing our request. We prepared the client for his pre-sentence interview carefully and well, researched all issues in framing our arguments, and exited the courtroom with a young man having avoided a life-altering felony outcome. He keeps his job, his living arrangements, and his HOPE, all moving forward and intact.

State v. Confidential, May, 2018

Charges: Gross Misdemeanor Assault

Resolution: Reduction to Disorderly Conduct, Stay of Adjudication. A victim reports having been choked to the point of asphyxiation by her boyfriend, and having been punched repeatedly by our client, and felony charges against the boyfriend and a nasty gross misdemeanor complaint against our man ensue. Mr. Adkins negotiated carefully and well, and potentially career-ending criminal charges will be removed outright from the record in a short period of time. No jail, no onerous terms of probation, nothing other than payment of minimal costs was required, and the client is over the moon.

OFP Matter – Washington County, May, 2018

Charges: Order For Protection Defense

Resolution: Mr. Adkins succeeded in getting this order dropped, after providing opposing counsel ample evidence to rebut her claims on behalf of her client. This avoids the collateral consequences, including a loss of gun rights, that almost always ensue from these civil/family orders. If you are served with a petition for a harassment order or a family-court order for protection, do not delay in calling Dan or James, and do NOT seek to handle this matter alone. Attorneys are essential to rights-protection generally, but nowhere more clearly than in these contentious matters.

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