Our criminal defense lawyers have helped individuals facing criminal charges throughout Minnesota and North Dakota.

Our Minnesota and North Dakota criminal defense lawyers protect the rights of our clients, aggressively challenge the charges, and give the guidance our clients need to get the most positive results.

Minnesota & North Dakota Criminal Defense Lawyers

Representation from our experienced St. Paul criminal defense attorneys will ensure unjust charges receive dismissal and that we help achieve the fairest outcomes in all other cases.

It is a good idea to hire a criminal defense lawyer to help investigate your case. If you truly are innocent, our investigation will show that and the charges will be dismissed.

St. Paul Criminal Defense Attorney; John Arechigo

Why Choose Our St. Paul Defense Lawyers?

  • ✓ Minnesota Lawyer has recognized John as an Attorney of the Year in 2015 and again in 2019
  • ✓ John Arechigo selected for the 2019 Circle of Excellence Award
  • ✓ John Arechigo has successfully convinced both the Minnesota Court of Appeals in 2015 (in State v. Turner) and the Minnesota Supreme Court in 2019 (in In the Matter of A.J.B.)

→ Speak with a St. Paul criminal defense attorney about your case by calling (651) 222-6603 or submit a free and confidential case review form here.

Our Criminal Defense Practice Areas

Our Fargo & St. Paul criminal defense lawyers have helped individuals charged with a number of criminal offenses, including:

Criminal Defense Attorney St PaulWhen charged with a Minnesota criminal offense, it is imperative that you speak to an experienced Minnesota criminal defense attorney as soon as possible so that you can obtain the results that you need in order to have the best possible future.

It is your right to fight the charges so that you can obtain the best possible conclusion.

If charged in North Dakota, our North Dakota criminal defense lawyers will prepare an aggressive defense and help navigate your case.

Informing You of Your Options

It is very important that you are aware of your options. The reason is that your St. Paul criminal defense attorney doesn’t make decisions for you.

Instead, we provide you with your options so that you can make decisions that will positively affect the outcome of your case. You have a choice in what to do.

At Arechigo & Stokka, our experienced North Dakota and Minnesota criminal defense lawyers will carefully explain your options to you, set realistic expectations, protect your rights, and develop and use creative defense strategies so you can obtain the best possible outcome in your case.

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What Should I Look For in a Criminal Defense Attorney in Minnesota?

If you ever find yourself arrested or charged with a crime, you should seek a criminal defense lawyer immediately. Hiring the right lawyer is essential in a criminal case so you can potentially reduce or eliminate your sentence. But how do you know who’s the right lawyer?

Here are some of the qualities you should look for in a criminal defense lawyer.

First, they should practice exclusively in criminal law.

Lawyers usually specialize in a certain area of law. You wouldn’t go to a pediatrician for heart surgery. For the same reasons, you want to make sure the lawyer you pick focuses exclusively on criminal law.

Second, you want to make sure the lawyer has experience with your particular type of case. Most criminal defense lawyers offer a potential client a free consultation to discuss their case. This in-person meeting is a good chance for you to ask questions about the lawyer’s experience and to see if they’re the right fit for you.

Third, they should be familiar with prior court decisions. A good criminal defense lawyer knows how judges tend to treat cases like yours. Knowing how judges and prosecutors approach your particular type of case can assist the lawyer in your defense strategy.

The criminal defense lawyers at Arechigo and Stokka focus their practice exclusively on criminal law and have extensive experience handling all types of cases. Minnesota Lawyer has recognized criminal defense lawyer John Arechigo as Attorney of the Year in 2015 and 2019, with the 2019 honor carrying the exclusive Circle of Excellence recognition.

If you need an awarded criminal defense lawyer who gets results, contact us today for a free consultation.

Example Case Result

Free Speech Argued at Minnesota Supreme Court

Criminal Defense Attorney John Arechigo continued to advocate for dismissal of charges at the Minnesota Supreme Court

THE FACTS: Client was previously convicted in district court of a criminal charge of disseminating a sexual image and was sentenced to prison.

THE DEFENSE: Attorney John Arechigo argued in district court that the law violated the First Amendment because it criminalized free speech. In other words, the law the state had used to convict client was unconstitutional because people have a right to engage in certain kinds of free speech that the government can not prosecute.

The district court denied the defense motions to dismiss the client’s charge, convicted the client, and sentenced the client to 23 months in prison. Defense lawyer John Arechigo took the case to the Minnesota Court of Appeals where he won a reversal of client’s conviction. The Court of Appeals agreed with the defense arguments that the law violated the First Amendment and could not be used to prosecute client. The state of Minnesota then took the case to the Minnesota Supreme Court. The case is pending before the Supreme Court.

THE RESULT: Certain criminal charges can be defended by asserting a violation of free speech. The state cannot criminalize everything we say to one another. The state only has the power to criminalize a small subset of speech, but the state often overreaches and attempts to prosecute a person for something he or she said. We’ve seen this in charges of Threats of Violence (Terroristic Threats), Assault, and Disorderly Conduct. Motions to dismiss on First Amendment grounds can be successful in these types of cases.

Contact a St. Paul Criminal Defense Lawyer or Fargo Criminal Defense Attorney

Being charged with a criminal offense is very confusing and makes for a highly emotional time.

It is important for you to have answers and the guidance that you need.

Our Fargo & St. Paul criminal defense attorneys we will give you answers and provide you with your options so you can make the right decisions in your case. To learn more about your rights and options, call 651-222-6603 or 701-639-6522 to schedule a free consultation.

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