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

State v. M.K.

June, 2020
Charges: Obstructing Legal Process - Gross Misdemeanor; Fleeing on Foot, Underage Consumption, Fake ID, and Public Urination - Misdemeanors

Stay of Adjudication to the Fleeing on Foot charge and a petty misdemeanor conviction for the underage consumption charge. The remaining charges were dismissed. With a stay of adjudication, the client is never convicted of the offense, so long as he abides by manageable terms of probation for one-year. And after he does this, he will walk away from this case without a single criminal conviction on his record since the petty misdemeanor conviction is not a crime under Minnesota law. For a college student who was doing well and has a bright future, avoiding a long-lasting criminal conviction record was necessary. Thankfully, he heeded North Star's advice to take proactive steps that convinced the prosecutor that he was a good kid, who just made some poor decisions one night. Another fantastic result for our client.

State v. D.F.

June, 2020
Charges: Security of Access Points Violation (Metropolitan Airports Commission Ordinance) - Misdemeanor

Stay of Adjudication. Client worked at the MSP-Airport for TSA and was assigned to guard a hallway access point that separated the public side from the secure side of the airport. Unfortunately, a person was able to gain access to the secure side when he was looking for something away from the area. As you can imagine, the MAC prosecutor takes these ordinance violations very seriously. The client had no criminal record and was determined to avoid it so he could maintain good opportunities for employment. Thanks for the negotiations by the North Star team, the client preserved his clean record with this incredible outcome.

Types of Charge(s): Misdemeanor

State v. A.B.

May, 2020
Charges: Careless Driving - Misdemeanor

Plea to an amended count of Failing to Drive with Due Care as a petty misdemeanor. The client's driving conduct certainly warranted the charge - erratic driving that led her to striking numerous vehicles when she was unsuccessfully navigating an alley and narrow road. The blood test did not find anything in her system, though the driving conduct certainly pointed to something that should have been discovered. Nonetheless, with no legal defense, the North Star team successfully negotiated this great outcome for a young client who has a bright future. With this outcome, she avoids a careless driving conviction that could lead to the termination of her insurance and increased premiums, and, most importantly, does not result in a criminal conviction. A petty misdemeanor is not considered a crime under Minnesota law. The client, therefore, maintains her perfect record and is back on track for her future.

State v. J.M.

May, 2020
Charges: Underage Consumption - Misdemeanor

Case DISMISSED. For a young man, with an incredibly bright future, a lot was at stake to avoid a criminal record. But, the client made some smart decisions at the time of the incident, including not submitting to a PBT. Such a PBT is a search and can be declined. He smartly did so, leaving little other evidence to support the charge. And after a careful review of the evidence, including a diligent review of the evidence involving the other kids at the scene, the North Star team developed a strong argument that there simply was insufficient evidence for the case. So, some communications with the prosecutor - who we have a great relationship with (which always helps) - led him to realize the same thing and the State dismissed the case - without even a motion to dismiss pending. A perfect and just result for a good young man.

Types of Charge(s): Minor Consumption, Misdemeanor

State v. S.M.

May, 2020
Charges: Order for Protection Violation - Misdemeanor

Case DISMISSED. Client was facing a serious domestic-related charge for pocket-dialing his ex-wife who had obtained an order for protection against him. Complicating things is the fact that the pocket-dialing occurred when the client was at a gun range. Certainly, the prospect of potential intimidation for the protected party was a primary concern of the State. Nonetheless, the North Star team utilized the progress and closing of the family law matter to the client's benefit in negotiating and convincing the prosecutor that dismissing the case was the proper and just result. Needless to say, client is overjoyed to avoid a criminal record from a truly innocent mistake.

State v. L.B.

February, 2020
Charges: Possession of Marijuana in a Motor Vehicle - Misdemeanor

Continuance for a dismissal. The client was caught for speeding with approximately 26 g. of marijuana in her vehicle. Thankfully, she was not under the influence at the time of the arrest. The client obtained a medical marijuana card shortly after the incident, demonstrating that her use was for medical-related reasons. A careful negotiation with the prosecutor moved him down to this incredible result - a complete dismissal of the case, without any conviction or admission to facts, when she successfully completes a year of probation without any same or similar incidents.

Types of Charge(s): Misdemeanor, Moving Violations

State v. B.P.

October, 2019
Charges: Careless Driving - Misdemeanor

Plea to an amended count of a petty misdemeanor speeding violation. The client allegedly drove buzzed with an alcohol concentration just shy of the legal limit. Typically, this is a slam-dunk Careless Driving, misdemeanor conviction. But, with the appropriate arguments and strategy - not to mention a great relationship with the prosecutor - the North Star team was able to obtain a plea to the equivalent of a speeding ticket. On top of that, the team successfully dragged the case out enough to avoid this violating probation terms for a different case.

Types of Charge(s): Misdemeanor

State v. S.N.

September, 2019
Charges: Order for Protection Violation - Misdemeanor

Stay of Adjudication. Avoiding this domestic-related conviction was imperative for this individual to maintain his ability to work in the healthcare field. Despite not having much of a legal defense, Mr. Adkins was able to find a way to this tremendous result. Having terrific relationships with the prosecuting attorney and judge paid off when he was able to convince them that this rare outcome was both appropriate and necessary. The client is now in a position to avoid a conviction and maintain his career.

Types of Charge(s): Misdemeanor

State v. C.S.

July, 2019
Charges: Indecent Exposure - Misdemeanor

Plea to an amended count of Disorderly Conduct. For a case involving public masturbation in a parked vehicle, avoiding an indecent exposure conviction - as well as any time in custody - was a critical result for the client. He is very pleased at this terrific result and knowing that a sex-crime type offense will not be on his record.

Types of Charge(s): Misdemeanor, Sex Crimes

State v. S.E.

June, 2019
Charges: Misdemeanor School Stop-Arm Violation

Stay of adjudication. The state initially demanded a plea to the count as charged with a significant fine. After some negotiating, the state reduced its offer to a petty misdemeanor, which is a non-crime and not a bad outcome. Undeterred, the North Star team knew how to leverage a potential contested hearing into an outcome in which the client will earn a dismissal after the one-year probationary period on the stay of adjudication. And the fine remained the same as the original offer. Point being, the North Star team correctly navigated this case to get the client the best possible outcome to avoid creating a criminal record over a traffic matter.

Types of Charge(s): Misdemeanor

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