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Minneapolis Criminal and DWI Defense Attorney

Keyser Law, P.A. is a criminal and DWI/DUI defense law firm with offices in Minneapolis and Stillwater. Hiring an experienced criminal and DWI/DUI defense attorney with a proven record of success is a must. Contact our Minneapolis criminal defense law firm to discuss the best options for your case. We provide a free consultation by phone or in person. We give honest advice about your chances of success. All of our criminal defense representation is based on a single, flat rate fee, with no hidden costs and we don’t charge extra to take your case to trial. Why hire us to defend you?

-  Over 18 years of combined legal experience on your side
-  Super Lawyers Rising Star (Attorney Christopher Keyser)
-  Top 100 Trial Lawyers (Attorney Christopher Keyser)
-  State and federal government work experience
-  State Criminal Court clerk experience (Attorney Katie DeGrio Channing)
-  Federal Immigration Court clerk experience (Attorney Christopher Keyser)
-  U.S. Military Officer (JAG) experience (Attorney Christopher Keyser)
-  Reduced fees for veterans and servicemembers
-  Flexible meeting times and locations throughout the metro area
-  Two convenient office locations in Minneapolis and Stillwater
-  Caring and non-judgmental representation
-  A proven record of winning results

Criminal Defense Advocacy

We represent people accused of committing state or federal criminal offenses, including the following cases:

Arson, Assault and Battery, Breath/Blood/Urine Tests, Burglary, Child Pornography, Criminal Investigation Representation, Criminal Sexual Conduct, Criminal Vehicular Operation, Criminal Vehicular Homicide, Disorderly Conduct, Domestic Assault, Drug Crimes, DWI/DUI Defense, Driving Under the Influence, Driving While Intoxicated, Expungement, Criminal Record SealingFederal Crimes, Felony Domestic Assaults, Felony Strangulation, Forgery, Fraud, Hit and Run, Ignition Interlock, Jail and Detox Release, Juvenile Crimes, Kidnapping, Obstruction of Justice, Murder and Homicide, Manslaughter, Marijuana Defense, Driver’s License Revocation, Pre-Charge Representation, Probation Violation, Probation Revocation, Property Damage, Robbery, Aggravated Robbery, Prostitution, Solitcitation, Sexual Assault, Sex Crimes, Terroristic Threats, Theft Crimes, Vehicle and Property Forfeiture, Arrest Warrants, White Collar Crime, and Violent Crimes.

Criminal Defense Strategies

Our approach to fighting Minnesota criminal charges is simple but effective. We don’t bring gimmicks or tricks to court – only hard work, persistence, and aggressive advocacy. In every criminal defense case, we follow the same rules and principles:

Client Consultation. We want to meet you and hear how we can help. Every criminal defense case is important, whether a misdemeanor or serious felony. We listen to your story and then educate you on both the good and bad aspects of your case under Minnesota law. We’re up front and tell it to you straight.

Review the Evidence. Before any decisions can be made in your case, you need to see the evidence against you – and so do we. Any evidence we obtain from the prosecution is given to you, and any defense motions or letters drafted in your case are copied to you. We provide full transparency so you are fully informed every step of the way.

Create a Criminal Defense Strategy. Should you negotiate a plea deal or go to trial? Jury trial or bench trial? This depends on the evidence against you, any criminal history you may have, and the specific facts of the case. The best defense plan may include using private investigators, obtaining expert witnesses, or consulting with other professionals to make the best decisions. Either way, we’ll explore all options.

Execute the Criminal Defense Strategy. We work with our clients as a team. Together we will decide the best direction for your case and work to achieve the goals we create. If the evidence against you is strong, working with the prosecutor to obtain a reduced charge, avoid jail or prison, and minimize probation conditions may be the best plan. If the evidence against you is weak, aggressively pushing the case to trial may be the best option. Either way we have the respected relationships with prosecutors, the experience, and the reputation to win.

Criminal Defense Victories

We consistently get criminal defense and DWI/DUI charges dismissed or reduced, avoid jail and prison sentences, and keep our clients’ criminal records clean – from speeding tickets to homicide charges and everything in between. Successful criminal defense lawyers are not afraid to push cases to trial but also know when to negotiate cases for the best possible outcome. Here are a few of our recent Minnesota criminal defense and DWI/DUI victories:

Not Guilty of Assault and Criminal Damage to Property in Hennepin County. Our client was charged with assaulting a security guard, breaking the guard's phone, and being drunk and disorderly in Minneapolis. The prosecution wanted our client to plead guilty at every court hearing but we refused. After a two-day trial and 30 minutes of deliberation, a jury found our client not guilty of all charges.

Not Guilty of Domestic Assault Charges in Hennepin County. Our client was charged with two counts of domestic assault and one count of disorderly conduct. At trial we successfully cross-examined the police officers to show they were biased and did not complete a fair investigation in the case. The jury deliberated for less than one hour.

Not Guilty of Assault and Disorderly Conduct in Hennepin County. Our client was charged with two counts of assault and one count of disorderly conduct for allegedly assaulting a female in Minneapolis. The alleged victim and the State's independent eyewitness were shown to be unreliable after criminal defense attorney Christopher Keyser’s cross-examination revealed inconsistencies. The jury acquitted our client of all charges after less than one hour of deliberation.

For more of our Minnesota criminal defense case results, please visit our results page.

Client Testimonials

Minneapolis criminal defense lawyer Christopher Keyser has a solid reputation as an advocate who refuses to back down. Below are samples of real client testimonials from actual Minnesota criminal defense cases:

“Chris showed a great deal of experience, knowledge, and preparation which ultimately lead to 3 not guilty verdicts. I would HIGHLY recommend Chris to anyone that is looking for an experienced attorney that has your best interest in mind. He's not looking to make a quick buck, he will do whatever he can to help clear you of your charges.”

“Chris was professional and we got the best possible outcome in this case. I doubt that I could have gotten the same without him in my corner. I would recommend his services if you should find yourself in need of a good lawyer.”

“Outstanding attorney. He kept me well informed and in the ‘loop’ throughout my entire case. He is an amazing attorney and person in general. He knows how to explain the legal procedures and processes in a way anyone could understand. He is the first person I would go to if I ever needed an attorney again. Don't hesitate to hire him, you will be satisfied, I guarantee it.”

“I have never worked with a lawyer before, but Christopher highly exceeded my expectations. Chris was professional, smart and made me feel at ease. I was so nervous for what was going to happen to me and he remained calm and confident throughout the whole process. We ended up getting my charges dismissed and I don't think I could have done it without him. If I ever have a legal situation again I'll definitely hire him again.”

To read more client reviews for criminal defense attorney Christopher Keyser, visit his AVVO page.

Honors and Awards

Minneapolis criminal defense lawyer Christopher Keyser is an aggressive and creative advocate. Mr. Keyser was selected to the Minnesota Super Lawyers Rising Star list as published by Minnesota Law & Politics. Super Lawyers and Rising Star candidates are evaluated on approximately a dozen indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement to ultimately produce a list of the state's most outstanding and accomplished attorneys. While up to 5% of attorneys in the state are selected to the Super Lawyers list, not more than 2.5% are selected as Rising Stars.

Visit Minneapolis Criminal Defense Attorney Christopher Keyser's Super Lawyers profile here

Minnesota Criminal Defense and DWI/DUI attorney Christopher Keyser was also added to The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers list. The Top 100 Trial Lawyers is an invitation-only organization comprised of the top trial lawyers in each state. Members meet stringent qualifications and selection is based on a multi-phase process including a combination of peer nominations and third-party research. The members chosen for this prestigious organization exemplify superior qualifications of leadership, influence, public profile, reputation, and stature. 

Mr. Keyser also has a “Superb” attorney rating, a “5 out of 5” star client rating, and has earned the “Client’s Choice” award on AVVO every year since 2010.

Minnesota Criminal Defense Locations and Service Areas

Keyser Law, P.A. is a criminal and DWI/DUI defense law firm located in Minneapolis and Stillwater, Minnesota. We serve clients throughout the Minneapolis, St. Paul, Twin Cities area including the following counties and cities:

Hennepin County Criminal Defense: Minneapolis, Bloomington, Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Champlin, Chanhassen, Crystal, Eden Prairie, Edina, Golden Valley, Hopkins, Maple Grove, Minnetonka, New Hope, Plymouth, Richfield, Robbinsdale, St. Louis Park, Wayzata and others. Ramsey County Criminal Defense: St. Paul, Arden Hills, Little Canada, Mounds View, New Brighton, North St. Paul, Roseville, Shoreview, Vadnais Heights, White Bear Lake and others. Dakota County Criminal Defense: Hastings, Burnsville, Eagan, Lakeville, Rosemount, West St. Paul and others. Anoka County Criminal Defense: Andover, Blaine, Centerville, Circle Pines, Columbia Heights, Coon Rapids, Fridley, Ham Lake, Lino Lakes and others. Washington County Criminal Defense: Bayport, Cottage Grove, Forest Lake, Hugo, Lake Elmo, Mahtomedi, Newport, Oak Park Heights, Newport, Oakdale, Scandia, Stillwater, Woodbury and others. Carver County Criminal Defense, Chisago County Criminal Defense, Isanti County Criminal Defense, Olmsted County Criminal Defense, Rice County Criminal Defense, Scott County Criminal Defense, Stearns County Criminal Defense, Wright County Criminal Defense, and Greater Minnesota Criminal Defense upon request.