Who is the best criminal defense lawyer in Minnesota? I am often asked this question by people facing serious criminal charges. What these people really want to know is, “can you refer me to a criminal attorney who does excellent work, for my circumstances, at a reasonable fee?”
Below are the criminal defense attorneys I recommend for most cases. They are professional, smart, experienced. They have integrity. They do great work. They get results.
Criminal Defense Services
Aggravated Battery & Assault
Minnesota law distinguishes between assault and battery in private lawsuits. Minnesota’s criminal code on the other hand, does not distinguish between assault and battery. Instead criminal assault include both, differentiated by different degrees of assault.
Domestic Violence & Abuse (Criminal)
Domestic Violence is the infliction of harm or the fear of imminence of harm against a family or household member by a family or household member.
DUI / DWI Defense
When facing criminal charges, it is important to have a defense attorney who will fight for your rights. There are many tactics that are useful to defend against these types of charges.
Some laws apply differently to juveniles and there are laws that only apply to them. Each state has different laws that apply to juveniles.
While traffic violations may not be the most serious crime, they should still be taken seriously. Traffic violations can result in significant losses and can quickly add up if not taken care of.
White Collar Crimes
While white collar crimes usually only involve financial damage, they can result in significant harm to a lot of people. The process of holding white collar criminals accountable can be long and difficult.
3rd Degree Murder
In Minnesota, reckless homicide is encompassed by murder in the third degree. Third degree murder is unintentionally causing the death of another by perpetrating an act eminently dangerous to others and evincing a depraved mind, without regard for human life. Murder in the third degree is defined by Minn. Stat. § 609.195.
Burglary is unlawfully breaking into, or remaining in, a building with the intent to commit a crime there.
Drug related criminal laws have become more severe and are very serious. If you find yourself facing charges related to drugs, having an attorney that is experienced in the area can help you significantly.
An expungement can be very helpful if you have something on your criminal record that is holding you back. They are not always possible and can be very difficult.
The internet has also created a number of new types of crimes. As a result, the FBI has also begun cracking down extensively. The term “internet crime” encompasses a host of different crimes that all use the internet as a medium.
Minnesota has laws for sex crimes that differ from other states. Sex crimes are very serious and it is important to understand the difference between crimes as well as the degree.
There are different types of theft differing in what is being stolen, how it is being stolen or who is stealing. The severity of the crime varies depending on a number of factors involved.
Weapons charges arise in a number of forms. Common areas include
- carrying a rifle or shotgun in public
firearm possession while under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- furnishing weapons to minors
- possession on school property
- sentencing enhancements related to other crimes
- unlawful possession by ineligible person
- unlawful use of a firearm
- violation of city gun ordinances
- violation of concealed carry laws
Examples of Criminal Charges
It would be difficult to list all the different types of criminal charges. While they are all found in the law, law enforcement may use different names for the same charge. Below is a list of some common types of charges in Minnesota.
- 1st Degree Murder
- 2nd Degree Murder
- Aggravated Arson
- Aggravated Battery
- Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse
- Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault
- Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm
- Aggravated Financial Identity Theft
- Aggravated Kidnapping
- Aggravated Stalking
- Aggravated Unlawful Restraint
- Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon
- Aggravated Vehicular Hijacking
- All Felony Probation Violations
- All Felony Traffic Violations
- Armed Robbery
- Attempted Murder
- Child Abduction
- Child Pornography
- Criminal Sexual Abuse
- Criminal Sexual Assault
- Defacing Identification Marks of Firearms
- Delivery of Cannabis
- Delivery of a Controlled Substance
- Delivery of a Controlled Substance within 1000 Feet of a School or Church
- Drug Conspiracy
- Drug Trafficking
- Failure to Register as a Sex Offender
- Felony Deceptive Practices
- Felony DUI/DWI Offenses
- Felony Murder
- Felony Theft
- Financial Identity Theft
- Hate Crime
- Home Invasion
- Involuntary Manslaughter
- Possession of Burglary Tools
- Possession of a Controlled Substance (PCS)
- Possession of a Controlled Substance with the Intent to Deliver
- Possession of Cannabis (Over 30 Grams)
- Possession of Cannabis with the Intent to Deliver
- Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle (PSMV)
- Possession of Stolen Property
- Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault of a Child
- Reckless Discharge of a Firearm
- Reckless Homicide
- Residential Burglary
- Sexual Exploitation of a Child
- Unlawful Possession of Firearms and Firearm Ammunition
- Unlawful Purchase of a Firearm
- Unlawful Restraint
- Unlawful Use of Weapons (UUW)
- Unlawful Use of Weapons by Felons or Persons in Custody of the Department of Corrections
- Vehicular Hijacking
If you have been arrested, do not delay in getting advice from an attorney. The days after an arrest are critical to obtaining the evidence against you, avoiding additional problems, and preparing your defense.