Arechigo & Stokka is not one of those Fargo, ND law firms that can be described as a smorgasbord law firm that “specializes” in 20 or 30 different practice areas and we help those dealing with criminal charges in Fargo, ND. 

Whether you are facing felony or misdemeanor criminal charges, having a sharp attorney on your side is your best defense.

Our dedication to criminal defense has allowed us great success in defending clients accused of all sorts of crimes.

We represent individuals charged with assault, DUI, white-collar crimes, homicide, and everything in between.

Our focus has brought us to a plateau of excellence, and the world has noticed. During our decades of experience, we have been showered with awards that reflect the respect we have earned from both clients and peers.

These awards include, among others:

  • The AVVO Clients’ Choice Award, 
  • Super Lawyers,
  • Minnesota Lawyer Attorneys of the Year, and
  • Circle of Excellence.  

Ultimately, however, awards are just symbols. What really gratifies us is the heartfelt testimonies offered by so many of our clients. Our Fargo criminal defense lawyers are ready to fight for you.

Fargo, ND Criminal Lawyers

It is our job to see to it that you receive the fair treatment you deserve. We have secured complete acquittals for numerous clients, and we have negotiated favorable plea bargains for many more.

North Dakota Assault Law

In North Dakota, you can be charged with simple assault, assault, or aggravated assault depending on several factors, including the degree of injury to the victim and the use of a weapon.

Simple Assault

Simple assault occurs when someone harms another person willfully or negligently harms another person with a weapon or object.


An individual can be charged with assault, a class A misdemeanor if they:

  • Willfully cause substantial bodily injury to another person or
  • Negligently cause substantial bodily injury to another person using a firearm, destructive device, or weapon likely to cause death or serious bodily injury. 

Aggravated Assault

Assault escalates to aggravated assault if certain aggravating factors are present.

An individual commits aggravated assault if they:

  • Willfully cause serious bodily injury to another person,
  • Knowingly cause bodily injury or substantial bodily injury to another person with a dangerous weapon,
  • Cause bodily or substantial bodily injury while attempting to inflict serious bodily injury;
  • Fire a firearm or throw a destructive device at another person. 

Aggravated assault is a Class C felony under North Dakota law. 

North Dakota DUI Offenses

Even a first DUI offense can drastically change your life. In addition to jail and fines, a conviction can lead to:

  • Loss of license, 
  • Community service, 
  • DUI school,
  • Ignition interlock, or
  • A combination of these.

DUIs can affect your ability to obtain or maintain specific jobs. They can inhibit your ability to enroll in the military, apply for educational programs, and more. 

Second and subsequent offenses carry even harsher penalties.

Luckily, our DUI attorneys have successfully handled dozens of DUI cases over the last two decades.

White Collar Crimes

Although typically not violent, white-collar crimes can have significant penalties. There is a wide array of white-collar crimes.

Some of the most common offenses include:

  • Fraud,
  • Embezzlement, 
  • Bribery, and
  • Racketeering.

Rather than violence, the typical motivation behind white-collar crimes is financial gain. North Dakota prosecutes white-collar offenses harshly.

Depending on the circumstances, including the monetary value involved, these crimes can carry just as steep offenses as violent crimes. 


In North Dakota, if an individual kills another person, they can face murder or manslaughter charges.

The circumstances surrounding the homicide will determine if the accused will be charged with manslaughter or murder.

While several factors may play a role in the actual charge, the deciding factor typically rests on the perpetrator’s intent.

Was the killing intentional and premeditated, or was it the result of reckless actions and disregard for human life?

Both manslaughter and murder convictions carry some of the harshest penalties. There is no doubt you need experienced and well-equipped counsel on your side. 

Other Crimes

In addition, we have successfully represented clients charged with the following types of crimes, among many others:

Get in Contact with a Fargo, North Dakota Lawyer Today

If the state of North Dakota has accused you of committing a crime, it’s vital that you select a lawyer who has focused their practice on criminal defense.

Don’t settle for one of the Fargo, ND law firms that merely dabble in criminal law while also practicing in three other areas of the law.

Contact us immediately. Your freedom may depend on it.

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We Know How to Help You Fight Back

The Fargo, ND attorneys at Arechigo & Stokka don’t do “cookie-cutter law.” You are an individual, not a case number.

Your situation, like all others, is a unique combination of facts and law to which we must devise a unique solution.

We will do so based on the particular characteristics of your case, as well as your priorities and concerns.

Our criminal defense attorney in Fargo, ND provides a vigorous defense at all stages of a criminal case.

We offer advice during the investigative stage, provide representation through trial, and defend clients on appeal or post-conviction relief.

Don’t gamble with your future, and don’t let anyone take advantage of you.

Contact the Fargo, ND attorneys at Arechigo & Stokka by calling 651-222-6603 or contacting us online to schedule a free initial consultation on your case.