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.

Sam Edmunds
Criminal Defense Attorney

Sam Edmunds
Criminal Defense Attorney
Sieben Edmunds PLLC
2640 Eagan Woods Drive, #220
Eagan, MN 55121
[email protected]

Ryan Pacyga 
Criminal Defense Attorney

Ryan Pacyga
Criminal Defense Attorney
Ryan Pacyga Criminal Defense
333 South Seventh Street, Suite 2850
Minneapolis, MN 55402
[email protected]

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.

Juvenile Offenses

Some laws apply differently to juveniles and there are laws that only apply to them. Each state has different laws that apply to juveniles.

Traffic Violations

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 Offenses

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.

Internet Crimes

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.

Sex Offenses

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

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
  • Arson
  • Attempted Murder
  • Burglary
  • 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
  • Escape
  • Failure to Register as a Sex Offender
  • Felony Deceptive Practices
  • Felony DUI/DWI Offenses
  • Felony Murder
  • Felony Theft
  • Financial Identity Theft
  • Forgery
  • Hate Crime
  • Home Invasion
  • Involuntary Manslaughter
  • Kidnapping
  • Perjury
  • 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
  • Robbery
  • Sexual Exploitation of a Child
  • Stalking
  • 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.