To see just how successful our approach is, here are some representative results:

State v. T.M. / T.M. v. Dept. of Corrections

May, 2020
Charges: Habeas Corpus Petition and Request for Compassionate Release

CLIENT RELEASED, some fifty (50) months early. This client, who was represented by another firm when he entered a plea of guilty to First Degree Drug charges hoping for a sentencing departure to probation, was instead immediately remanded to state prison for a lengthy term. His health, already radically declining on the day he was sentenced, immediately disqualified him from any programming (such as the Challenge Incarceration Program, or 'Boot Camp') that would have ended his prison stay quickly or at any discount. The client hired North Star to be creative in challenging his sentence and to secure his release in any way humanly possible... and we DID JUST THAT, by way of an order recently permitting him to leave prison immediately. Mr. Adkins and his team used the habeas corpus petition process to get the Court's attention, and convinced the Court and the Department of Corrections' legal team that a release would not only be justified, but would save our client's very life. Compassionate release in the middle of this pandemic is logical, it is wise, and it is increasingly difficult to secure, as political implications infect hearings and conversations about true justice in the face of a deadly invisible enemy. If your loved one is serving a prison sentence, anywhere, and you believe their health is threatened (particularly if they suffer from a preexisting deadly condition or are likely to develop severe reactions to the coronavirus), please contact the team at North Star immediately. There are few lawyers on the planet who have successfully litigated these issues, and Dan and James would love to win for you, and yours.

Types of Charge(s): Felonies

L.J.C.D. v. Dakota County Sheriff's Office

April, 2020
Charges: Restoration of Gun Rights and a Carry Permit

CARRY PERMIT DELIVERED, directly in the U.S. Mail! In this matter, a client with as many as four (4) prior felony convictions from another state visited the North Star team, and asked if those cases (which were resolved in a number of unique ways, including a Veteran's Court and Drug Treatment Court in that far away jurisdiction) could be characterized in a way that would permit him to recover his right to self-defense, and a permit to purchase a firearm, and (eventually) a firearms carry permit. Client closely followed Mr. Adkins' directives, seeking clarification directly from the Sheriff's Department on the basis for his initial rejection for a permit to purchase; then Mr. Adkins investigated the matter in the other state with help of investigators and Client's legal team out west, before demand letters to the Sheriff's office resulted in a jackpot. Client did not simply recover the right to purchase and possess a firearm, at his home or place of business... the letter indicating his win included a laminated conceal/carry permit, for which he had previously applied/completed safety training/been summarily denied! Client was amazed, as he had been led to believe he'd have to restart the entire process over, and pass each and every careful step after getting the Sheriff's Department or a reviewing judge to agree regarding the impact of his record of conviction. It did not hurt his cause when Mr. Adkins notified the Sheriff's Department that Client would be entitled to recover all of his reasonable attorney's fees, in the event the County continued to mischaracterize his prior record and a Court ruled that a permit should have been issued. Careful creative negotiations, assertive and thoughtful investigative techniques, and a kickass demand letter have resulted in outright, rare and wonderful justice for this client.

Types of Charge(s): Felonies

State v. Confidential

April, 2020
Charges: Fraudulent Insurance Representations, Theft - Multiple Felony Counts

Reduction of counts to Gross Misdemeanor or below. This case, actually a set of cases, initially exposed our client to not only a felony conviction, but the loss immediately of a lifelong avocation, for which he had expended decades of effort and countless dollars in training and equipment. After extensive negotiations and aggressive reparative efforts by Dan and the North Star team, the client will not only have the chance to seek a gross misdemeanor from his misconduct, but has written agreement from the prosecutor that the cases will be amended to that outcome--erasing the risk that a judge would disagree with Dan's request. Client is giddy--s/he gets to keep working, and keep climbing, in an incredibly competitive environment.

State v. D.B.

March, 2020
Charges: Multiple felony domestic abuse no contact violations

No further jail, probation only. This client, facing an armful of complaints alleging improper contact with ex-partners, was looking at a long stint in prison, for even one contested conviction. Instead, he has a single concurrent term of probation, with exceptionally workable terms, and has been released to complete in-patient treatment and begin an aggressive aftercare program to both secure and protect his sobriety and to forestall any similar missteps with law enforcement in the future. Client has already signed a contract in his chosen field, and looks to be moving remarkably forward from his challenges. North Star lawyers work closely (when possible) with thoughtful prosecutors and creative probation advisers to reach the best possible outcomes, with the least amount of risk and fear of judicial mistakes.

State v. C.T.

February, 2020
Charges: 4th Degree Assault involving an officer - Felony; 5th Degree assault - Misdemeanor

Plea to the 5th Degree Assault as a misdemeanor and the felony assault of an officer is dismissed. Client was charged with the felony for spitting on an officer during an anger outburst directed at officers, which included plentiful foul language and culminated in the spitting episode. Despite an ugly scene caught on body camera, the client was able to plead guilty to a misdemeanor assault that involved him wrestling with his roommate and the ENTIRETY of his misconduct with the officer was dismissed. He has no jail to serve and his probation is simple. The client was proactive throughout the duration of the case. But, even then, avoiding this serious felony and any factual basis involving the cop, is damn near a miracle. The client is ecstatic because it puts him back on track with his career, for which he had just finished schooling prior to sentencing.

Types of Charge(s): Assault Case Results, Felonies

State v. J.B.

October, 2019
Charges: Invasion of Privacy Involving a Minor - Felony

Gross misdemeanor sentence with no jail to serve. On top of getting this incredible outcome, the terms of probation are minimal and simply seek to have the client stay on track with therapy. For an individual without a criminal record and facing the possibility of losing his job, achieving a non-felony outcome was necessary. Armed with no real defense, the North Star still was able to negotiate this outcome.

Types of Charge(s): Felonies, Sex Crimes

State v. C.E.

September, 2019
Charges: Felony 1st Degree Burglary, Assault, and Aid and Abet counts

Case entirely DISMISSED, recharged single count of Misdemeanor Burglary, with a Stay of Adjudication. Client avoids a permanent turpitude felony, or worse, with this negotiated outcome. A raid on a drug seller's house, with multiple injuries and gunpoint-threat allegations, resolves without a conviction for a young and talented man, now facing a future without limitations and without a day spent in custody. Absolutely stellar outcome, which would not have been possible without patience and thoughtfulness provided by Mr. Adkins and the North Star Team.

Types of Charge(s): Assault Case Results, Burglary, Felonies

State v. P.M.

August, 2019
Charges: 2nd Degree Assault with a Dangerous Weapon - Felony

Stay of Imposition - Misdemeanor record after probation. Because of the discharge of a weapon, the client was looking at a mandatory minimum prison commitment of 36 months. Mr. Adkins masterfully maneuvered through the case and found a judge that bought into the client. Over the State's request, the judge departed from the prison commitment and even granted a stay of imposition. Further, the client didn't have to serve more than the two days in jail that he served upon arrest. With the conditions of probation basically only requiring the client to remain law abiding and sober, the client will earn a misdemeanor conviction. A truly remarkable outcome, achieved because of North Star's strategic and persuasive counsel.

Types of Charge(s): Assault Case Results, Felonies

State v. C.E.

August, 2018
Charges: First Degree Burglary, Assault - Felonies

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.

Types of Charge(s): Assault Case Results, Burglary, Felonies

State v. C.G.

June, 2018
Charges: Probation violation on a felony matter

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.

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