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Grostyan Law, PLC
5775 Wayzata Blvd
Suite 700
St Louis Park, MN 55416

DWI Defense, Criminal Defense

5.0
5 Verified Reviews

Phone(612) 341-6575

Grostyan Law, PLC
5775 Wayzata Blvd
Suite 700
St Louis Park, MN 55416

DWI Defense, Criminal Defense

Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, P.A.
10 S 5th St
Suite 525
Minneapolis, MN 55402

The Caplan Law Firm is one of the largest, most experienced criminal defense firms in the Midwest. Founded in 1983, our lawyers have 90 years of combined experience, handling over 20,000 criminal and DWI cases. Serving the Twin Cities and surrounding counties, Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm devotes their energies to advocating on behalf of criminally accused persons. Their team…

5.0
10 Verified Reviews

Phone(612) 444-5020

Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, P.A.
10 S 5th St
Suite 525
Minneapolis, MN 55402

The Caplan Law Firm is one of the largest, most experienced criminal defense firms in the Midwest. Founded in 1983, our lawyers have 90 years of combined experience, handling over 20,000 criminal and DWI cases. Serving the Twin Cities and surrounding counties, Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm devotes their energies to advocating on behalf of criminally accused persons. Their team…

Kans Law Firm, LLC
7825 Washington Ave S
#220
Minneapolis, MN 55431

Douglas Kans is the owner of Kans Law Firm, LLC and has successfully represented thousands of individuals charged with DWI and criminal offenses. He was recently selected as a "Top 100 Trial Lawyer" by the National Trial Lawyers.

4.9
10 Verified Reviews

Phone(952) 835-6314

Kans Law Firm, LLC
7825 Washington Ave S
#220
Minneapolis, MN 55431

Douglas Kans is the owner of Kans Law Firm, LLC and has successfully represented thousands of individuals charged with DWI and criminal offenses. He was recently selected as a "Top 100 Trial Lawyer" by the National Trial Lawyers.

CJB Law
125 South Mill St.
Fergus Falls, MN 56537

CJB Law we have been providing the highest quality level services throughout Minnesota and North Dakota for more than a century. Our attorneys are widely recognized throughout the region and have a long standing history of producing excellent results for our clients. The provision of legal services has changed dramatically over time and our attorneys have adapted to these changes.…

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Phone(218) 998-4088

CJB Law
125 South Mill St.
Fergus Falls, MN 56537

CJB Law we have been providing the highest quality level services throughout Minnesota and North Dakota for more than a century. Our attorneys are widely recognized throughout the region and have a long standing history of producing excellent results for our clients. The provision of legal services has changed dramatically over time and our attorneys have adapted to these changes.…

Ambrose Law - St Paul MN Criminal Defense Attorney
370 Selby Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55102

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Phone(651) 800-4842

Ambrose Law - St Paul MN Criminal Defense Attorney
370 Selby Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55102

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BK Law Group
8700 W 36th St
Suite 208
St Louis Park, MN 55426

BK Law Group was founded by Omeed Berenjian and Kristian Kircher, both graduates of the University of St. Thomas, School of Law. Both attorneys have a passion for helping both employees and businesses understand and fight for their legal rights. While BK Law Group can help an individual with business law issues, their team also works on criminal defense cases… Unclaimed: Claim this business

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Phone(612) 446-0963

BK Law Group
8700 W 36th St
Suite 208
St Louis Park, MN 55426

BK Law Group was founded by Omeed Berenjian and Kristian Kircher, both graduates of the University of St. Thomas, School of Law. Both attorneys have a passion for helping both employees and businesses understand and fight for their legal rights. While BK Law Group can help an individual with business law issues, their team also works on criminal defense cases… Unclaimed: Claim this business

Gallagher Criminal Defense Services
310 4th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Minneapolis Criminal Lawyer Thomas Gallagher, Federal Criminal Defense, Minnesota Homicide, Drug Crimes, Sex Crime cases, all criminal cases - over 21 years experience.

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Phone(612) 333-1500

Gallagher Criminal Defense Services
310 4th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Minneapolis Criminal Lawyer Thomas Gallagher, Federal Criminal Defense, Minnesota Homicide, Drug Crimes, Sex Crime cases, all criminal cases - over 21 years experience.

Leverson Budke
445 Minnesota St 15th Floor, Suite A, St Paul, MN 55101
St Paul Park, MN 55104

St. Paul Criminal Defense & DWI Attorney Leverson Budke is one of the top St. Paul criminal defense and DWI attorney in the state of Minnesota with extensive experience representing clients in the Twin Cities area. Leverson Budke made a name for itself when this up-and-coming law firm won a second amendment gun rights restoration case in the Supreme Court…

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Phone(651) 724-9009

Leverson Budke
445 Minnesota St 15th Floor, Suite A, St Paul, MN 55101
St Paul Park, MN 55104

St. Paul Criminal Defense & DWI Attorney Leverson Budke is one of the top St. Paul criminal defense and DWI attorney in the state of Minnesota with extensive experience representing clients in the Twin Cities area. Leverson Budke made a name for itself when this up-and-coming law firm won a second amendment gun rights restoration case in the Supreme Court…

Martin Azarian Criminal Defense, P.A
12100 Singletree Ln
#187
Eden Prairie, MN 55344

Have you or someone you know been arrested in the Twin Cities metro area? Acting quickly will minimize the impact of your charges. If you would like to receive a free consultation about your case with Martin Azarian, all you need to do is call 24/7. Unclaimed: Claim this business

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Phone(952) 975-0663

Martin Azarian Criminal Defense, P.A
12100 Singletree Ln
#187
Eden Prairie, MN 55344

Have you or someone you know been arrested in the Twin Cities metro area? Acting quickly will minimize the impact of your charges. If you would like to receive a free consultation about your case with Martin Azarian, all you need to do is call 24/7. Unclaimed: Claim this business

Nelson Criminal Defense & Appeals, P.L.L.C.
5500 Wayzata Blvd
Suite 1025
Minneapolis, MN 55416

Criminal charge in Minnesota? Call the law firm of Nelson Criminal Defense & Appeals, P.L.L.C. for a free confidential consultation. Unclaimed: Claim this business

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Phone(651) 212-4212

Nelson Criminal Defense & Appeals, P.L.L.C.
5500 Wayzata Blvd
Suite 1025
Minneapolis, MN 55416

Criminal charge in Minnesota? Call the law firm of Nelson Criminal Defense & Appeals, P.L.L.C. for a free confidential consultation. Unclaimed: Claim this business

Nelson Criminal Defense, P.L.L.C.
842 Raymond Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55114

Nelson Criminal Defense and Appeals delivers the expertise & focus of a criminal defense attorney firm. Julie Nelson will help you as your misdemeanor, criminal & DWI lawyer, with proven confidence.

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Phone(651) 647-9020

Nelson Criminal Defense, P.L.L.C.
842 Raymond Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55114

Nelson Criminal Defense and Appeals delivers the expertise & focus of a criminal defense attorney firm. Julie Nelson will help you as your misdemeanor, criminal & DWI lawyer, with proven confidence.

North Star Criminal Defense
8500 Normandale Lake Boulevard
Suite 960
Bloomington, MN 55437

North Star Criminal Defense is a full-service criminal defense firm that prides itself on not only getting favorable results for its clients, but also on the fact that former clients routinely refer us to friends and family that need our services. Our clients get the respect and attention they deserve. Unclaimed: Claim this business

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Phone(651) 330-9678

North Star Criminal Defense
8500 Normandale Lake Boulevard
Suite 960
Bloomington, MN 55437

North Star Criminal Defense is a full-service criminal defense firm that prides itself on not only getting favorable results for its clients, but also on the fact that former clients routinely refer us to friends and family that need our services. Our clients get the respect and attention they deserve. Unclaimed: Claim this business

Ryan Pacyga Criminal Defense
333 S 7th St
Suite 2850
Minneapolis, MN 55402

Ryan Pacyga Criminal Defense

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Phone(612) 339-5844

Ryan Pacyga Criminal Defense
333 S 7th St
Suite 2850
Minneapolis, MN 55402

Ryan Pacyga Criminal Defense

SEGAL DEFENSE
3800 American Blvd W
Suite 1500
Bloomington, MN 55431

Properly defending your charges requires more than my thorough understanding of the law. I must tailor your defense to address your specific needs in addition to your specific facts. I need to get to know you and your personal situation before I can properly defend you in court.

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Phone(612) 299-1110

SEGAL DEFENSE
3800 American Blvd W
Suite 1500
Bloomington, MN 55431

Properly defending your charges requires more than my thorough understanding of the law. I must tailor your defense to address your specific needs in addition to your specific facts. I need to get to know you and your personal situation before I can properly defend you in court.

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What Does a Criminal Defense Attorney Do?

Criminal defense lawyers work with people who have been accused of a crime. Their role is to ensure the defendant’s rights are upheld and that any eventual trial is fair and lawful. A good criminal defense attorney will research the case against you, investigate and review procedures taken against you, examine witnesses, gather evidence, and attempt to negotiate with prosecutors. You can rely on your criminal defense lawyer to advise you on the potential consequences of your plea and to explain a likely sentence. If no plea deal can be reached, your defense counsel will ultimately represent you in your trial. 

What Types of Crime Can a Criminal Defense Attorney Help With?

Criminal defense attorneys can work with any kind of criminal offense, from misdemeanors to murder.

In practice, however, many of the best criminal defense lawyers specialize in a particular area of crime. If you have been charged with DUI or DWI, for example, you will want to find the best DUI attorney near you.

Other criminal attorneys may specialize in defending those accused of violent crimes, sex crimes, or domestic violence, while still others may specialize in fraud, financial crimes, drugs charges, tax offenses, or immigration issues - whatever the charges against you, a recommended criminal attorney can handle it.

 

How Much Does It Cost to Hire a Criminal Defense Lawyer?

There are two ways of getting a criminal defense attorney. If you can afford it, you can choose and hire your own, in which case you are fully responsible for paying the attorney’s fees. Alternatively, if you cannot afford or do not want to hire your own defense counsel, the court may appoint a criminal defense lawyer for you, if you meet certain conditions, and in this case, the costs will be paid by the government. Normally, if you face a potential jail or prison sentence, you will be eligible for court-appointed representation. If you are not facing incarceration, you may or may not be eligible for free defense counsel, depending on your financial situation and state law. Even if you are not eligible for free counsel, you may be eligible for partially funded representation if you can demonstrate that you cannot afford a private defense attorney. 

If you choose to hire your own defense counsel, the cost will depend heavily on the type and complexity of your criminal case. For a misdemeanor, you may be looking at around $5000 in legal fees. For a felony, it could be upwards of $25,000. Criminal defense attorneys are not allowed to operate on a contingency fee basis, and many will require all or a substantial proportion of the fee to be paid upfront.

 

Tips for Finding a Criminal Defense Attorney

If you have been arrested, you will need to find a criminal defense attorney quickly, to secure your release and prepare for what lies ahead.

Having said that, don’t panic and pick the first criminal law firm you find in an internet search. Not only are you likely to be spending a great deal of money, but your future hinges on getting effective representation that you can trust. This could be one of the most important decisions of your life, so research is essential.

There are tens of thousands of criminal defense attorneys in the United States.

Start with people you know. If you know an attorney of any kind, they may be able to recommend a criminal defense attorney. If anyone you know has ever had to use one, you could also find a recommendation there.

Beyond personal recommendations, the best way to choose a criminal defense attorney is through our directory of screened and verified criminal defense lawyers across the US. Here you can easily narrow down your search to your state and to criminal defense firms that specialize in the relevant crime.

You can also read reviews right here in the directory, to get a feel for which are the most trusted criminal defense attorneys near you. 

 

FAQ On Hiring a Criminal Defense Attorney

1 - Can I represent myself in a criminal case?

You can, but a better question is whether you should.

Around 2% of defendants do choose to represent themselves, and are referred to as pro se defendants, from the Latin for ‘on behalf of themselves’.

In theory, you always have the right to represent yourself. In practice, the more serious the crime you are charged with, the riskier this strategy becomes. Not only do you risk not understanding the law involved, you may also fail to understand the procedural issues. Even if you do have a full grasp of what’s involved, you would probably suffer from a lack of experience, especially at trial, where you most likely do not have the skills to question or cross-examine witnesses or to eloquently provide your own defense.

Ultimately the decision is yours, but you are very strongly advised to use a criminal defense attorney, especially if you are facing potential incarceration. 

 

2 - Can I change my criminal defense attorney if I’m not happy?

If you have hired your own criminal defense lawyer, then yes, you can usually change lawyers if you wish. However, doing so may prove expensive, as your new criminal defense attorney will need to start from scratch.

If your defense counsel is court-appointed, you would need to demonstrate either a serious breakdown in the relationship or incompetence on the part of your lawyer in order for the court to approve your request to change attorneys.

In either case, the court can intervene to prevent a change of attorney in some cases, for example, if they feel the defendant is just playing for time and trying to delay the trial by seeking a new attorney.

 

3 - Do I need a criminal defense attorney if I’m going to plead guilty?

It’s always advisable to seek representation from an experienced defense attorney, even if you wish to plead guilty. The best criminal defense lawyers may be able to help you in several ways - perhaps by getting the charges against you reduced or by getting your sentence reduced. If the case against you is weak or flawed, your criminal defense attorney may even be able to get the charges dismissed completely. The key is to remember that prosecutors do not have your best interests in mind - that’s not their job. The only professional who will protect your interests first and foremost is your criminal defense attorney - so even if you wish to plead guilty, it is still worth relying on a defense counsel to get you through the process as unscathed as possible.

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