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Minnesota Criminal Defense Lawyers

Facing criminal charges? Our team is here to help.

At Brandt Criminal Defense, our team of criminal lawyers take more than three decades of combined legal experience and put it to work to provide zealous legal representation to clients in Minneapolis, MN, St. Paul, MN, and the surrounding areas. Our criminal attorneys provide aggressive representation that safeguards our clients’ rights, builds a bullet-proof defense, all of which helps put their lives back on track. We have over 30 years of experience that we put to work for our clients to thoroughly prepare their case, investigate the facts, and anticipate the prosecution’s case; this allows us to build the strongest possible defense for our clients. All of our defense attorneys are highly respected in the criminal defense field and three of them have been voted SuperLawyers or Rising Stars—an award given to less than 6% of lawyers.

The team of drug lawyers and DWI/DUI attorneys at Brandt Criminal Defense are among the top lawyers in Minnesota and have also earned the following distinctions:

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  • Michael J. Brandt is the president of the Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
  • All four lawyers regularly teach continuing legal education seminars on such varying topics as forfeitures, expungements, and evidence.
  • Our attorneys act as mentors for new attorneys.
  • We are routinely requested by the courts to act as standby counsel on complex, difficult cases.
  • Michael J Brandt is certified by the Minnesota State Bar Association as a Certified Criminal Law Specialist—a distinction given to less than 3% of criminal attorneys.

Recognized attorneys offering unparalleled representation Criminal charges call for serious representation. Whether our drug attorneys and DUI/DWI lawyers are defending our clients against harsh drug charges or DWI offenses, we approach each case with equal parts zeal and compassion. As a well-respected firm, we offer our clients the following:

  • Compassion and integrity – Our drunk driving lawyers have gained the respect of our clients by listening to them, putting together a plan of attack, and carrying out that plan—whether that means litigation or negotiation. We put our clients’ interests first. Period.
  • Our reputation – The attorneys at Brandt Criminal Defense have earned a reputation as leaders in the criminal defense field. We are trusted with referrals from lawyers, judges, probation officers, prosecutors and countless former clients. That reputation has resulted in Mike Brandt being recognized as a SuperLawyer for 13 years running and he has received certification by the Minnesota State Bar Association as a Criminal Law Specialist.
  • Our promise to you – At Brandt Criminal Defense we don’t make outlandish promises to clients to get them to hire us. We give honest advice and what we can promise is that when we take your case, you will receive outstanding representation from beginning to end. That we will promise you.

Contact us today for any further inquiries you may have or to schedule a consultation.

MSBA Certified Criminal Trial Specialist
Mike Brandt – President of MACDL
Mike Brandt – Chosen Expert for New Lawyer Website
Recognized as a Superlawyer for 12 Years
Nicole Kettwick Recognized as a Rising Star
Kelly Keegan Recognized as a Rising Star
Voted in the Top 40 Superlawyers

Eric Bain Achieves Continuance for Dismissal for Client

Eric’s client was charged with Trespass in Ramsey County. Eric’s client needed to keep this off his record in order clear a background check for a job he had been offered and to avoid any immigration problems, especially with a path towards U.S. citizenship. The prosecutor was unwilling to keep this off his record because of a prior felony-level out of state conviction. However, the conviction was for another person with the same name. After convincing the prosecutor of this, Eric helped his client enter a diversion program. As long as Eric’s client completes community service hours, pays his fees, attends a class, and stays out of trouble, then his case will be...Read More

Constitutionality of Minnesota DWI Test Refusal Criminal Statute Argued at U.S. Supreme Court

The United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments today about the constitutionality of criminal DWI test refusal statutes. In Minnesota, when a driver has been arrested on probable cause for driving while impaired, a police officer can require the driver to take a test to determine blood alcohol concentration. The officer tells the driver he or she can consult with an attorney first, but must either consent to the test or be charged with a crime for refusing. If the driver refuses to submit to the test, he or she can be charged with a gross misdemeanor, which carries a maximum criminal penalty of up to 365 days in jail and a $3,000 fine. Currently, in Minnesota, officers are required to obtain warrants before forcing suspected drunk drivers to submit to blood or urine tests under the penalty of law. But officers do not need warrants for breath tests. Arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court today involved a number of issues. A transcript of the hearing can be found here. Some highlights: Justices Kagan and Breyer both seemed to suggest that since breath tests are less intrusive than blood tests, then perhaps warrants are only required for blood and not breath. Most justices seemed confused over the differences between roadside breath tests and breath tests taken at jails and police stations. Chief Justice Roberts drew an analogy between driving while impaired and texting and driving. He asked a line of questions about whether officers could search without a warrant of the phone of a suspected texting driver. Justices Sotomayor, Alito, Breyer, and Kennedy all sharply questioned the alleged impracticalities...Read More

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Brandt Criminal Defense

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Anoka Office: 45.199654, -93.387372
Hopkins Office: 44.924094, -93.411436
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Anoka Office
2150 3rd Ave North
Suite 210
Anoka, MN 55303
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Hopkins Office
25 9th Ave North
PO Box 458
Hopkins, MN 55343

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This information was taken from a KMSP broadcast by Lindsey Bell and posted on the web Aug. 26, 2013.