Effective, Experienced and Ethical Criminal Defense

If you have been charged with a crime, it is important to hire an experienced lawyer who has a record of success at trial. I am criminal defense attorney Justin Schiks. I defend people accused of felony and misdemeanor crimes in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area and throughout Minnesota.

I have a reputation for achieving positive results for clients facing a broad range of criminal charges, including:

  • Disorderly conduct: A broad charge that includes anything that could cause anger, alarm or resentment
  • Drug crimes: Including possession, sales, distribution, trafficking and manufacture of controlled substances
  • DWI, DUI, drunk driving: Including first DWI, multiple DWIs, felony DWI, and driver’s license revocation
  • Expungement: Since January 2015, more criminal records can be sealed.
  • Juvenile crimes: From underage drinking and driving to shoplifting to assault
  • Order for protection: Call as soon as possible to request a hearing to challenge the order or contact me to defend alleged violations.
  • Sex crimes: Including sexual assault, statutory rape and computer-based sex crimes
  • Theft crimes: Including robbery, burglary, shoplifting
  • Traffic offenses: Including careless driving, reckless driving, driving on a revoked license
  • Violent crimes: Including assault, domestic assault and manslaughter/murder

A Strategic Approach to Your Defense

I will design a unique plan of action tailored specifically to your circumstances, needs and goals. For every case, however, I work simultaneously to:

  1. Prepare for trial: I prepare every case as if it will go to trial. Effective in front of a judge and jury, I was named to the 2014 National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers list. My reputation as a skilled trial lawyer is a benefit to clients whether or not their cases go to trial.
  2. Be ready for resolution: Sometimes a fair and reasonable resolution outside of court is in my client’s best interest. I make certain that we are prepared to exercise this option as appropriate. Preparing for settlement may mean obtaining a mental health evaluation for a client in advance of the court’s request or compiling statements from those who can testify to his or her positive qualities.

To learn how I can assist you or a member of your family, please call 651.504.2564 or contact me by email.

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“I hired Justin halfway through my case and from day one he's been a great lawyer to work with. Over the last several months, he's worked hard to get me the best deal possible. I'm grateful for his knowledge, patience and understanding. I would highly recommend him.”