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Minnesota Criminal Defense

Minnesota Criminal Defense

Defending Your Rights in Northern Minnesota

Through our work across Northern Minnesota and the state, we’ve developed a reputation in these communities for success in criminal defense.

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Minnesota Criminal Defense


Assault is “an act done with intent to cause fear in another of immediate bodily harm or death,” or “the intentional infliction of or attempt to inflict bodily harm upon another.” If you have been charged with assault/battery, it is imperative to have knowledgeable and skilled defense attorneys who understand the intricacies of assault laws for Minnesota criminal defense. We advocate for our client’s rights and are adept at negotiating with prosecutors to reduce charges or seek alternative sentencing options.

Simple vs. Aggravated Assault Charges and Potential Penalties

Building a Strong Minnesota Criminal Defense Strategy for Assault Charges

Criminal Sex Conduct

A sex crime is any criminal offense involving sexual behavior or conduct and may include sex trafficking and forced labor, child pornography, sexual assault, sexual abuse, exploitation of children and persons with disabilities, and other forms of non-consensual sexual contact. The severity of charges varies depending on the jurisdiction, and sentences vary from probation to time in prison. As the nature of these cases is sensitive, we handle the cases with compassion, ensuring understanding and support for our clients throughout the legal process.

Understanding the Different Degrees of Sexual Assault Charges

Protecting Your Rights During Investigations and Legal Proceedings Through Minnesota Criminal Defense

Domestic Abuse

Domestic abuse is defined as “physical harm, assault, or bodily injury; infliction of fear of imminent physical harm, assault, or bodily injury; or terroristic threats, criminal sexual conduct, sexual extortion, or interference with an emergency call against a household or family member by a family or household member.” Our team works with anyone who has been accused of domestic abuse of any form with compassion, understanding this is a fraught period in their life and a complex legal process. We have successfully dismissed cases, reduced charges, and protected our clients’ rights and futures.

Legal Options for Minnesota Criminal Defense of Domestic Violence

Defending Yourself Against False Accusations of Domestic Abuse

Drug Charges / Controlled Substances

Minnesota maintains its stringent laws and regulations against the use, possession, purchase, sale, or manufacture of controlled substances. A controlled substance, according to Minnesota law, is a “drug, substance, or immediate precursor in Schedules I through V of section 152.02.,” and “the term shall not include distilled spirits, wine, malt beverages, intoxicating liquors or tobacco.” We have an extensive understanding of the state’s drug laws and how to maneuver them for your benefit.

Possession, Distribution, and Manufacturing Drug Offenses Explained

Protecting Your Rights and Fighting for Reduced Charges in Drug Cases


Minnesota’s DWI laws have become more strict in recent years due to injury and fatality accidents. Breathalyzers and blood tests are more regulated and lower BAC limits have been instituted. Enforcement tools like ignition interlock systems have been enhanced and are considered the norm for DWI/DUI convictions. DUI/DWI laws are some of the most intricate and convoluted, as evidenced by the need for an entire chapter – Chapter 169A – in the state’s penal code. We can help you fight license revocation, plate impoundment, motor vehicle forfeiture, and even criminal charges. Contact a Minnesota criminal defense attorney for more information.

Field Sobriety Tests, Breathalyzers, and Blood Tests Explained

Challenging Evidence and Protecting Your Driver’s License in DUI Cases

Hunting & Fishing Violations

Minnesota is a haven for outdoor activities, including hunting, trapping, and fishing, for Minnesotans and travelers alike. There are numerous fish and game regulations established through the state’s Department of Natural Resources, as well as many federal regulations, that one must be aware of. Violating them may result in a substantial fine, revocation of your firearms or other property, or voiding of your hunting or fishing license. We have a proven track record of defending against hunting and fishing violations, including importing protected species, poaching, or hunting game animals out of season.

Navigating the Complexities of Hunting and Fishing Laws in Minnesota

Defending Against Hunting and Fishing License Revocation Through Minnesota Criminal Defense


Misdemeanors can include repeat violations and assaults, fifth-degree assault cases, third and second-degree DWI and DUI offenses, shoplifting and other petty theft crimes, and more. Sterle Law has extensive experience with misdemeanor cases in Minnesota, with a high success rate of defending our clients from misdemeanor charges so they avoid potential life consequences.

The Impact of Misdemeanor Charges on Your Life and Future

Effective Defense Strategies for Common Misdemeanor Charges