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To see just how successful our approach is, here are some representative results:
Charges: 4th Degree DWI - Misdemeanor
Plea to an amended count of Careless Driving. Another great outcome for a deserving client. But, what makes this particularly unique are two things - first, the client blew a .113/.120, which is typically too high to negotiate it down to a non-DWI conviction (for non-North Star attorneys that is), and second, the client had a prior DWI within a few years before this case that was also resolved in a manner that did not involve a DWI conviction or alcohol-related loss of license record (thanks to North Star's efforts in that case). Point being, having a prior DWI - even though it didn't result in a conviction - usually makes subsequent ones that much harder to resolve. Thankfully, the North Star team worked with the client, established immediate rapport with a prosecutor they haven't had much experience with due to him being up north in a jurisdiction we simply don't travel to frequently (though, that clearly did not hinder our efforts), and was able to negotiate this incredible outcome for the client. He is thrilled he has North Star in his back pocket should he ever need us again.
Charges: Harassment Restraining Order Violations - misdemeanor - THREE separate cases
Plea to one case, the other two dismissed. No time to be served, minimal fine, and probation conditions that are more than manageable for a client that took to treatment, gained sobriety, and is back on the right track. What could have been a devastating situation with three separate violations, is now simply one conviction due to the fight from her North Star team. She is beyond happy she chose us to counsel her and give her back a future she can prosper in.
Charges: 5th Degree Drug Possession - Felony; 4th Degree DWI - Misdemeanor
Stay of adjudication on both counts. The client had no defenses to these serious charges. But, the North Star team worked with her to get the therapy and programming she needed, and then did a thorough job of humanizing her, explaining the issues she's been dealing with (namely, the trauma she's endured from being a victim of a recent sexual assault). Thankfully, the prosecutor was empathetic to these struggles and agreed to this incredible outcome. With this outcome, our wonderful client will not have a criminal conviction on her record, will stay on track with working through her trauma and programming, and can thankfully advance in her life without fear of a daunting criminal record. Typically, achieving a non-conviction record for both a felony drug and DWI case is damn near impossible - but not for the North Star team. We go above and beyond to fight for our clients that need and deserve these atypical results. We are so proud of our client for all that she's accomplished and thankful to help in her journey.
Charges: 4th Degree DWI - Misdemeanor
Plea to an amended count of Careless Driving. What's more is that the sentence was for less than a year to ensure the client can commission to the U.S. Army after graduating from college as part of the ROTC program. The client blew a .11, just above the normal cutoff range to get a Careless Driving offer. And when we first reached out to the prosecutor about pleading to a non-DWI - because it was essential for the client's ability to continue serving - the prosecutor only offered a DWI plea. The North Star team kept at it, pushed the right leverage points, and finally got the needed outcome for a deserving client and servicemember. THIS is why we do what we do - to make sure mistakes don't define our clients and hold them back in their life pursuits.
Charges: 5th Degree Assault and Disorderly Conduct - Misdemeanors
Dismissal. This case, concerning an assault allegation that could easily have been amended to a Domestic count (with the attendant significant collateral consequences, including gun-right loss), looked close to insoluble at first, but the team at North Star coordinated closely with the client and his wonderful family, convinced the State that the allegations were infirm, and before even the second trip to the courthouse, the State filed a Rule 30.01 notice, permanently dismissing the case. Family is most pleased, with cause.
Charges: 5th Degree Assault - Misdemeanor
Continuance for dismissal. Truly a remarkable outcome considering the allegations involved an adult client bumping into a child athlete after a sporting event. Making matters worse (from a defense perspective), is that surveillance video captured the incident. No defenses existed. The North Star team advised the client on proactive steps he could take, humanized the client and how the pending case was already impacting his career and future, and then sought this fantastic result via plea negotiations. Thankfully, everything came together as well as could possibly imagine and, frankly, better than that even.
Charges: Domestic Assault, Disordery Conduct
Stay of Adjudication. At the first appearance in this matter, less than a month after client's arrest (and complainant's visit to a doctor's care), Mr. Adkins secured a no-jail, no programming, not even a presentence investigation, stayed adjudication--meaning no conviction, no sanction, and expungement eligibility on fast-track terms--for his client. These types of results are exceedingly, increasingly rare, especially in certain counties, which can treat domestic assaults more seriously than many felonies. Mr. Adkins and client are exultant, with good reason.
Charges: Order for Protection Violation - Misdemeanor
Stay of adjudication. Client had absolutely no legal defense. He was permitted to go to the protected party's residence with a police escort. Instead, he showed up without the police, even though he called to arrange for such an escort. Needless to say, no excuses and no defense. Making things more difficult was a "victim" that had it out for the client and wanted him to suffer through this case. Thankfully, after providing proof that the protected party had fabricated allegations that formed the basis of her ex parte order for protection, the North Star team was able to convince the prosecutor to give our client the chance to earn this non-conviction with continued compliance with a no contact order and overall good behavior. Client is thrilled to avoid a devastating domestic abuse type record.
Charges: Reckless Driving, including one count of reckless driving, street racing; Careless Driving - Misdemeanors
Stay of adjudication to the reckless driving count, with the other street racing reckless and careless driving counts dismissed. The client has a minimal fine and cannot have any careless or reckless offenses for one year in order to earn the non-conviction for this serious case. The facts were not good, to put it nicely. They involved an accident where the client's passenger was hurt and an allegation that street racing was occurring. The combination of which is often damn near impossible to overcome. Undeterred, the North Star team pushed and was creative in negotiations, including leveraging the possibility of trial, to achieve this incredible outcome.
Charges: 4th Degree DWI - Misdemeanor charges
Plea to an amended count of Careless Driving. The client blew a .12 and had no legal defenses. Typically, anything above a .10 is too high to get a non-DWI outcome, especially with a prosecutor known to be less forgiving with DWI's. Nonetheless, the North Star team set out to achieve a much-needed result for the client. Focused humanizing the client - by highlighting her challenging divorce at the time, her future career and the impact to it caused by a DWI, and her proactive steps - we were able to convince the prosecutor to make a deviation and obtain this rare outcome. The North Star team fought like hell in negotiations and got this fantastic outcome for a deserving client.