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

State v. B.F.

March, 2021
Charges: Disorderly Conduct - Misdemeanor; Unattended Baggage - Misdemeanor

Continuance for dismissal. Client is a pilot who is alleged to have accidentally left his federally-licensed firearm case at the terminal gate before boarding his flight. While clearly an accident and the case was secured properly with locks, the airport commission takes these matter seriously due to the obvious risk of an unattended weapon in the airport. The North Star team crafted a creative legal argument about the airport ordinance language, thereby putting some pressure on the prosecutor to make this incredibly favorable deal. Now, the client will have the case dismissed entirely a year later after completing minimal terms. This outcome will also put him in a much better position for his career and ability to continue to carry as a pilot.

Types of Charge(s): Misdemeanor

State v. N.J.

December, 2020
Charges: 5th Degree Drug Possession (Felony); 3rd Degree DWI (Gross Misdemeanor); and 4th Degree DWI (Misdemeanor)

Plea to the 4th Degree DWI and no jail sanction. On top of that fantastic outcome, the State agreed to dismiss the original case entirely, agreed to an expungement of it, and then recharged a new case for just the DWI. This outcome was critical to the client because he did not want even the drug charge record to exist - even though it was going to be dismissed as part of the plea deal. Armed with a strong defense, the County Attorney relented after much negotiation to take this unusual path to a plea deal. Now, after the expungement is granted, the client's record will remain clear of any drug record and he'll only be left with a plea to a misdemeanor DWI as a standard first-time DWI. This is truly a fantastic result, but also a very creative one, once again showing how the North Star team fights for its clients and pursues the just and sometimes creative results for our clients.

State v. A.L.

December, 2020
Charges: Bypassing Security Screening Area - Misdemeanor

Continuance for dismissal. Client was here on a student visa and any admission to the facts, let alone a conviction, carried possible immigration consequences. The North Star team took this on a pro bono basis. And the initial offer was for a plea to a petty misdemeanor crime. With savvy negotiations - and no leverage to speak of - the North Star team achieved this necessary result for a young woman with a bright future.

Types of Charge(s): Misdemeanor

State v. M.V.

November, 2020
Charges: 5th Degree Assault - Misdemeanor

Acquitted at a jury trial. Client was alleged to have engaged in a rather violent road rage incident in Carver County. Even with an offer of a stay of adjudication - which would have resulted in a dismissal and eliminate the risk associated with trial - the client was consistent that he wanted his day in court to show that he did not engage in the type of violent assault the State was alleging. The State had three separate, independent witnesses that all alleged they saw our client viciously assault another driver. The driver, himself, said the same thing. Yet, Mr. Gempeler crafted a brilliant trial strategy and theme that carried the day. Armed with photographs that simply did not match the allegations, Mr. Gempeler attacked the case and the witnesses, impeached them all, and showed how their stories were incomplete and continued to change with the passage of time. Most notably, he had the primary witness - an off-duty Sergeant, former detective - throwing her hands up and asking the State's attorney whether she, the officer, could object to Mr. Gempeler's questioning. Needless to say, the cross examination was thorough and devastating to the State's case. As a result, the State's case lacked credibility, believability, and ultimately reasonably doubt existed. The jury returned a not guilty verdict in short order, proving again that we are Not Always Minnesota Nice when fighting for our clients.

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

State v. J.B.

November, 2020
Charges: 5th Degree Assault, Disorderly Conduct - Misdemeanors

Continuance for dismissal. Client was facing serious assault charges stemming from an incident involving his opposition to political protesters in his neighborhood. Admittedly, his response was far from ideal. But, he took proactive steps following it to address his anger and show that he was not a public safety risk. Despite the possibly underlying political statement issues associated with the case, the North Star team achieved this needed result, thereby affording the client to continue searching for new employment without the stain of an assault and/or disorderly conduct conviction on his record. The client is thrilled to have chosen the North Star team to fight on his behalf through this case and challenging time in his life.

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

State v. M.L.

November, 2020
Charges: Disorderly Conduct - Misdemeanor

Continuance for dismissal. Client was adamant that the charges were bogus. Yet, the expected testimony and other evidence most certainly presented a challenge with an upcoming trial. The North Star team was undeterred and scheduled the matter for trial. On the eve of it, the State reached out with an updated offer that was too good to refuse - six-months probation (compared to the standard 1-year), minimal fine, and only no same or similar conduct. Considering we asked for this exact outcome numerous times and turned down a stay of adjudication to take this to trial, it was huge to obtain this, without the trial risk, when the client could have had job consequences with a guilty verdict at trial. So, it was a no-brainer to finally take the deal when offered. Another fantastic result due to the hard work and strategic approach by the North Star team.

Types of Charge(s): Misdemeanor

State v. K.S.

November, 2020
Charges: Indecent Exposure - Misdemeanor

Dismissed. The client was alleged to have engaged in lewd conduct in a public park. But the facts simply did not support the statutory framework of the charge. The North Star team utilized a smart and tactful approach. And the City Attorney, to her credit, made the right decision to dismiss this case due to insufficient evidence to support it. On top of that, the North Star team sought and achieved an expungement via prosecutor agreement to seal the record of this unjust charge, thereby ensuring that even the charge itself will not impact the client's future. We go that extra mile on behalf of our clients.

Types of Charge(s): Misdemeanor, Sex Crimes

State v. M.I.

October, 2020

Plea to careless driving as a misdemeanor. Client blew a .11 on a first-time DWI and had no legal defense. On top of that, the client had a wonderful job promotion opportunity to work for her company in Canada. A DWI would have prevented that from happening. Thankfully, the North Star team was able to secure a plea to an amended count of Careless Driving, which included no admission to facts relating to alcohol-use -- a must in order for the client to be able to enter Canada. Further, the sentence called for no community service, a minimal fine, and unsupervised probation. All in all, another great case result that saves the client and allows her to proceed with her future unscathed by this offense.

Types of Charge(s): DWI Case Results, Misdemeanor

State v. W.G.

October, 2020
Charges: School Bus-Arm Stop Violation - Misdemeanor

Stay of Adjudication. The evidence - mainly the video - was clear in showing that the client continued driving by a school bus after it had extended the stop arm. Yet, with no real defense, the North Star team used their positive relationship with the local prosecutor and was able to successfully talk up the client's driving record, that he learned his lesson, and that he'll earn the dismissal with good driving conduct. The result achieved avoids a criminal record out of this traffic incident - exactly what the Client sought from North Star's counsel.

State v. Confidential

August, 2020
Charges: Domestic Assault - Misdemeanor

Stay of Adjudication to a Disorderly Conduct charge. Mr. Adkins was retained by a long-ago former client, who had utilized a number of other high-profile firms for her criminal interactions in more recent years. In this matter, after beating her partner bloody with a shoe, she was certain she faced weeks in local jail and a set of onerous conditions on probation. After careful negotiations and aggressive orientation toward therapy and treatments, Mr. Adkins secured a stay of adjudication on disorderly conduct, an incredible result--made all the more remarkable for the prosecutor involved, a former police officer known for his inflexible approach. We mean business, at North Star, and our results continually prove this out.

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