Brandt Criminal Defense Team

Criminal Lawyers in Minneapolis & Saint Paul, MN

Brandt Criminal Defense has two offices, located in the cities of Anoka and Hopkins, Minnesota. With over 30 years of experience, we have represented thousands of clients throughout the Twin Cities. We are an experienced, knowledgeable, and dedicated team of lawyers who provide criminal defense to clients in every type of traffic and criminal matter, from speeding tickets to murder. We have resolved cases for clients by aggressively litigating evidentiary hearings, court trials before judges, and jury trials. We get to know our clients and their unique backgrounds so we recognize our clients’ concerns and can negotiate a favorable resolution that allows clients to put this stressful time in their lives behind them.

The attorneys at Brandt Criminal Defense will help you through not only the legal aspects of your case, but the personal aspects that impact your life as well. We understand that this is an anxiety-filled, stressful time in your life. We are committed to being available to you to respond to questions and issues that arise, no matter how large or small. We will thoroughly explain the law and the court process. We will give you honest advice – because we want to work with our clients as a team, and believe if we work together we can achieve the best result.

While practicing primarily in all types of criminal defense, our lawyers have also successfully defended clients in forfeitures, drivers license revocation hearings, school administrative hearings, restraining order hearings, and those who are under investigation and not formally charged. We frequently handle matters that arise following resolution of a criminal case, such as probation revocations, sentence modification motions, appeals, expungements, pardons, and the restoration of gun rights.

Our attorneys are routinely called upon by other attorneys in the Twin Cities and greater Minnesota in need of advice with handling their criminal cases. Our attorneys frequently teach continuing legal education courses to update other attorneys on the latest changes to the law, legal strategies, and practical advice. Our goal as a law firm is to advocate for our clients while earning the respect of judges, prosecutors, and peers. The reputation of the lawyer that represents you makes a difference. Michael Brandt has been named a “Super Lawyer” by Law and Politics magazine for over the past consecutive ten years – an award based on input from other attorneys and judges. The award is given to only 5% of lawyers throughout the State of Minnesota. Our criminal lawyers are prepared to zealously protect your rights from start to finish. We take a common sense and practical approach to our criminal cases – we know when to litigate and when to negotiate.

Criminal Defense Attorneys



Thank you very much for all of your help and getting this amazing outcome that I didn't even think was possible when I was sitting in jail. You were above and beyond what I expected and I thank you for that very much.

Mike- I wanted to take a minute to make sure you know how grateful we are for your guidance, expertise & professionalism during this agonizing journey we are on. We feel so fortunate to have you representing our son & appreciate the kind & gentle way you interact with him. While we know you have seen much worse, this has been the most difficult thing we have ever faced as parents. You have enabled us to see & believe there is light at the end of this long, dark tunnel. Thank you.

Former Client
One of the best things about having Michael Brandt Defense and his team represent you is he totally understands that one, you made a mistake, and two, realizes you are a good person and thus will treat you like one. He is thorough, knowledgeable, and creates a plan for you to follow to get you through your experience. I was very fortunate to have Michael represent me and highly recommend that he represent you as well.
Former Client
I hired Michael Brandt at Brandt Criminal Defense to defend my daughter in a criminal vehicular case and found them to be outstanding. I interviewed several law firms and right from the get-go we knew they were the firm to use. His knowledge of the laws and his approach to our case could not have been better. He is extremely professional and I would highly recommend him to anyone needing legal help at any level. Children tend to learn about life the hard way and I will use him exclusively for any future problems we encounter. Thank you Mr. Brandt.
Former Client

"Nicole Kettwick—trustworthy and professional. Without question I would recommend Nicole."

I was devastated and in need of a lawyer. Fortunately for me I was introduced to Nicole Kettwick. Her knowledge of law is without question, her dedication and preparation are unmatched and her compassion and desire to "do what's right" is remarkable. Nicole was always available and provided immediate answers and support. She was with me and my family throughout this entire process and made a very stressful time more manageable. In my mind Nicole is without peers and I would recommend her without a single reservation.

Former Client
Mike helped me out with a domestic assault case. He was extremely responsive, answered all my questions, promptly returned my phone calls, and walked me through every step in this pocess. This was one of the most stressful times in my life and Mike made it very bearable. The outcome was better than I had hoped for--Mike convinced the prosecuter to drop the charges. I would highly recommend him for anyone who needs a great criminal lawyer.
Former Client

"Very professional, knowledgeable, and very much ‘in touch with humanity’ lawyer."

Nicole is a very good lawyer who made me feel confident and secure that I had her to represent me on my legal case. She was very professional with her conduct. She interpreted and applied the principle of the law yet also remained very much in touch with the spirit of being human. She made me feel that I did not only have a lawyer who was competent but I also had a friend. I will recommend her to anyone. She is a rare find with this profession.

Former Client

"Mike guided our son through a very difficult new world of legal issues with skill and compassion."

We would highly recommend working with Mike. We were very impressed with Mike's professional approach. Dealing with legal issues was a whole new world for us. He guided our son (and us) through the process with a skilled, compassionate style that put us at ease. He is honest, fair and definitely the right choice to have on your side.

Former Client

Thank you for your professionalism and ability to help me achieve the best possible outcome for my case. You made the process go by quickly, and I am grateful everything is almost done. If ever I am in a scary legal situation again, you'll get a call from me… I can't express to you how happy I am with the outcome of my case.

Former Client

Hello Eric

I truly and greatly appreciate you assisting me with my case. I am glad that I found someone like you to represent me. You are very professional and knowledgeable at what you do. I had no doubt in my mind that you would do all that you could to help me. At times I felt stressed about the whole ordeal but you helped me overcome that feeling by answering any questions that I had and you explained everything in great detail and making sure I understood the situation and any possible outcomes.