Sex crimes are aggressively prosecuted in Minnesota. In additional to extensive prison time, an individual can find themselves on the sex offender registry for a very long time if they are convicted of a sex crime. The Minnesota criminal defense lawyers at Arechigo & Stokka have represented many clients who have been charged with sexual offenses and we have either had the charges reduced or completely dismissed. If you have been accused of a Minnesota sex crime, it is imperative to seek the legal representation that you need in order to secure the best possible result in your case. With the help of an experienced Minnesota criminal defense lawyer, you can receive the best possible representation so that you can secure the best outcome in your case.

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There are many types of sex offenses that a person can be charged with. They include:

  • Rape
  • Sex assault
  • Date rape
  • Possession of child pornography
  • Internet sex crimes
  • Sexual abuse
  • Solicitation of a minor
  • Statutory rape
  • Indecent exposure
  • Other crimes of a sexual nature

Despite the type of crime that you are accused of, you can fight the charges against you and have your rights protected. Even if the Minnesota criminal sexual conduct charges are valid in some way, that does not mean that you should still have to pay the maximum penalties, if convicted. Other times, convictions can be completely avoided because the circumstances in the case allow for the charges to be dropped or for the defendant to be acquitted.


When you have a Minnesota criminal defense attorney working for you, it is very important that your advocate is one that is highly effective with a thorough knowledge of the law.  From the moment you call your St. Paul criminal defense attorney at Arechigo & Stokka, you will have someone by your side giving you the advice that you need.  Our Minnesota criminal defense lawyer will present you with thoroughly explained options so that you can make the proper decisions in your case. Despite how serious the charges, there are defense strategies that can be used.

Example Case Result

Sexual Assault Charges Declined

State Declines to File Criminal Sexual Conduct Charges Against Clients

THE FACTS: Two separate clients were recently under investigation for allegations of sexual assault. Defense lawyer John Arechigo represented both clients and assisted both clients through the investigation. The state declined to file charges against either client after reviewing and considering the information provided after the defense investigation.

E.B.: E.B. was under investigation after leaving a bar with a female and going back to her place. The female alleged that E.B. sexually assaulted her inside her home and banged aggressively on her down after she allegedly kicked him out of her house. Defense attorney John Arechigo gathered E.B.’s side of the story. The facts revealed that the female pursued E.W.B. at the bar and invited him back to her place.

E.B. and the female shared an Uber ride with several individuals. E.B. decided not to engage in sexual activity with the female when they were at her residence. E.B. attempted to leave her house intending to call an Uber ride home, but left his phone inside her house. He politely knocked on the door to ask for his phone. The female called the police to report he was banging on her door. She then proceeded to falsely allege a sexual assault.

M.P.: M.P. was under investigation for a sexual encounter between herself, her boyfriend, and another female. The complaining female alleged that M.P. crossed her boundaries and engaged in nonconsensual touching. M.P. consistently maintained the sexual activity was completely consensual.

THE DEFENSE: The Dakota County Attorney’s Office was in charge of reviewing both investigations for a determination of whether to bring criminal charges against either client.

Defense attorney John Arechigo presented the Dakota County Attorney’s Office with relevant information in both investigations. The information provided during the defense was not discovered during law enforcement’s investigation.

E.B.: Working closely with E.B., we obtained information and the names of individuals who were present on the night of the incident and could offer information contrary to the female’s allegations. E.B. gave a consistent version of the incident. The state determined that the female’s allegations were not credible enough to support the filing of criminal sexual conduct charges, especially in light of the information provided during our defense investigation.

M.P.: Working closely with M.P., defense attorney John Arechigo presented the Dakota County Attorney’s Office with her version of the incident and the names of two potential witnesses. We were able to provide a detailed and thorough account of the sexual encounter, including details on the behavior and statements of the complaining female during the sexual encounter. The state determined that the female’s allegations were not credible enough to support the filing of criminal sexual conduct charges, especially in light of the information provided during our defense investigation.

THE RESULT: Information provided during both defense investigations caused the state to doubt the credibility of the allegations against either E.B. or M.P. and were not confident in its ability to successfully prosecute either client. The state declined to bring criminal sexual conduct charges against either E.B. or M.P.


Criminal sexual conduct encompasses a number of sexual-related criminal offenses. It includes rape, statutory rape, molestation, child pornography, indecent exposure, and a variety of other offenses.

If you or a loved one has been accused of criminal sexual conduct, it is important that you seek the representation of an experienced Minnesota criminal defense attorney as soon as possible so work can begin on your case.

To learn more about your rights and options, call Arechigo & Stokka at 651-222-6603 to schedule a free consultation with our Minnesota criminal defense lawyer.