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

State v. O.M.

December, 2023
Charges: Excessive Speeding - 100+ mph - Juvenile traffic offender

Stay of adjudication for six months and minimal obligations while on probation. The client had an Agriculture license that permitted him to drive before turning 16, but he had a bit of a lead foot. And he was caught going 100+ mph not just on the day of the offense, but, according to the officer, he had done so a few times prior. Mr. Gempeler was still able to negotiate an outcome to keep his juvenile record conviction free - which is always a great outcome, especially for such a young man.

State v. D.M.

December, 2023
Charges: Underage Drinking and Driving - Misdemeanor; Two traffic violations, including failing to move over for an emergency vehicle.

Dismissed. The client was alleged to have not moved over for a cop on a two-lane road (which is completely false) and then is alleged to have yelled something at the cop, prompting him to give chase. Once he was pulled over, the cop immediately arrested the client and then made up an allegation of possible impairment to justify the actions to that point. But the video showed the cop was wildly unjustified in his conduct and failed to get a warrant for the breath test - which is necessary for a mere underage drinking and driving charge. Long story short, the State dismissed the entire case prior to the contested hearing. Doing so shows just how egregious the cop's conduct was and why the fight by Mr. Gempeler and the North Star team was so critical for the client.

State v. C.V.

January, 2023
Charges: Ineligible Person in Possession of a Firearm; Intentionally Pointing a Firearm at Another; Felony Drug Possession - All felony counts

Dismissal. Client was facing multiple serious charges relating to guns and drugs. Bad combo, to say the least. Client was alleged to have been one of multiple juveniles in a car that drove around, pointed a gun at other kids, and had drugs in their possession at the time of their arrest. A client who had no prior record was caught up with the wrong crowd. The North Star team was diligent in its review of the evidence and research. And, we were persistent in pressing the State to get us all of the discovery after initial disclosures were incomplete. Eventually, it led to the discovery that the evidence pointed to our client being innocent. We filed a motion to dismiss the case. And in the weeks leading up to the hearing, the State came to realize - North Star was right. It dismissed the case prior to the hearing, knowing we were right. The family is thrilled that we brought the fight and got the just result.

State v. L.X.

July, 2022
Charges: Careless Driving - Misdemeanor

Stay of adjudication in this juvenile matter involving a serious accident caused by the client. With no defenses because there was home security video showing the accident, the North Star team still achieved this fantastic result - one which the Court recognized was about as good as she could've received under the circumstances. The client was a high school student who was already taking college courses and has a very bright future. So avoiding a criminal conviction was critical and that's exactly what we achieved.

In re: Juvenile Case Matter

May, 2021
Charges: Second Degree Assault - Felony

This juvenile matter involved multiple stabbings, including on the victim's spine--but the result will be a sponged record, no jail or similar confinement, a letter of apology, and a reacquired future. Endless creativity and hustle was required for this troubled client, but the team at North Star possess both traits in surplus.

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

State v. H.B.

January, 2021
Charges: Threats of Violence; Conspiracy to Commit Threats of Violence - Juvenile Felony Case

Continuance for dismissal. The client was alleged to have partaken in a written bomb threat made inside a high school. It goes without saying that this was a major case that the State was committed to pursuing to the full extent that they could. The State even went so far as to hire a handwriting expert to help its case. Nonetheless, the North Star team stepped up and prepared an excellent defense to the case, including retaining an expert of our own to successfully counter the State's expert opinion. Eventually, with thoughtful discussions about the factual issues the State has and a deserving client, Mr. Gempeler finally got the State to come down to this incredible offer - one that does not include an admission to any facts and ultimately leads to a dismissal of the entire case after six short months on probation with minimal conditions. The client and his family could not be happier it chose the North Star team to fight for their son, who can now push forward in his life without a devastating criminal record.

State v. Confidential

September, 2020
Charges: Assault and Arson - Felony

In another of a string of juvenile criminal matters this summer, Messrs. Adkins and Gempeler continue to secure non-conviction outcomes, even where the rights accorded to the accused are all but nonexistent, the State controls nearly every aspect of the proceedings, and the stakes can involve records of permanent impact. Far from simply securing a term of probation or stayed adjudication, North Star seeks to include expungement in the initial agreement, to ensure that no record survives the first year of supervision, worst case. We are your go-to, when your child faces obstacles.

In Re: Confidential - Juvenile Matter

June, 2020
Charges: Arson, Criminal Damage to Property - Felonies

Stay of Adjudication. In his latest foray into juvenile court, Mr. Adkins secured a stay of adjudication notwithstanding multiple thousands of dollars worth of damage from a fire set by his client in a fit of asshattery. Client worked his tail off to get volunteer hours completed before a meaningful hearing, which helped immensely, but Mr. Adkins' negotiations turned the tide from a case that could have had adult record ramifications, down to essentially a brief term of probation and no record of adjudication or conviction. Massive win.

State v. Confidential

September, 2019
Charges: 2nd Degree Criminal Sexual Contact - Juvenile Case

EJJ/No Juvenile Adjudication, NO Adult felony repercussions. This client was facing a possible trial as an adult on life-altering rape counts, which had a relatively massive amount of proof available to the prosecutor. Mr. Adkins worked tirelessly with an (at first) oppositional counterpart from the County Attorney's Office to secure a workable treatment program for the client, and by the advent of his most important birthday, the case was concluded without an adjudication, without any adult consequences or a permanent conviction or even an arrest record, and the client's family is overjoyed. It simply doesn't get much better than THIS....

Types of Charge(s): Juvenile, Sex Crimes

State v. A.V.

July, 2019
Charges: 1st Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct (Felony); 5th Degree Criminal Sexual Contact (Gross Misdemeanor); Two separate juveniled cases with two different victims, incurred over a short period of time in the same county.

The first degree case was amended to a third degree criminal sexual conduct and the client was admitted into the deferred adjudication program. Meanwhile, the client received a stay of adjudication on the fifth degree case, with tracking probations essentially. Literally, this outcome saved this client's life. He now can earn the continued clean record and never be convicted of any offense, despite the serious allegations. The young man took serious and significant strides in his growth and maturation that paid dividends at sentencing. Add in a full account for his wrongdoings and he posed the perfect candidate for this generous and unlikely outcome.

Types of Charge(s): Juvenile, Sex Crimes