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Justin M. Schiks

Aggressive, Personalized Defense
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About Criminal Defense Attorney Justin Schiks

Perhaps the greatest education I received came from my parents, who taught me about service, hope and respect. Inspired by their example, I use my skills to help people who are at low points in their lives — those who are arrested for DWI, accused of a crime or injured through the negligence of another.

Justin M. Schiks is an award-winning criminal defense attorney with a proven track record of dismissals, acquittals, and positive resolutions for his clients. Justin is a native Minnesotan from the Twin Cities area. As a graduate of Forest Lake High School, he went on to complete his undergraduate work at the University of Minnesota-Morris. During his college years, Justin began learning about the law as an intern for the Stevens County Attorney’s office. Following graduation from the University of Minnesota, Justin attended William Mitchell College of Law in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

While in law school, he spent several years with the Washington County Public Defender’s office, where he appeared with clients on thousands of bail hearings and First Appearances. While earning his law degree Justin developed a strong grasp of the law, conducted extensive legal research, and presented arguments to mediators, arbitrators, trial, and appellate court judges. In addition, Justin worked with the Edina city attorney, prosecuting misdemeanors, and gross misdemeanors. His experience prosecuting has been invaluable to him as a criminal defense lawyer in anticipating arguments and strategies used by the State.

For more than a decade, Justin’s focus and passion have been on DWI defense and criminal defense, helping good people through what oftentimes is one of their most difficult times in life. For many years, Justin has also volunteered his time assisting those unfamiliar with the legal process, as an attorney on the Washington County Criminal Defense Panel and the Washington County Criminal Defense Clinic. Justin has had the honor of being selected for The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers. The members of this prestigious invitation-only organization are selected as the top trial lawyers in their states who exemplify superior qualities of leadership, influence, public profile, reputation, and stature. Justin holds a 10 out of 10 rating on, an attorney rating website, and has been a recipient of the “Client’s Choice Award” every year since 2014, which is given to attorneys who achieve superb client ratings and reviews.

Justin continues to be held in high regard by fellow defense attorneys, prosecutors, and judges. He has successfully represented thousands of clients in felony, gross misdemeanor, and misdemeanor cases, achieving dismissals, acquittals, and resolutions resulting in no conviction. Justin Schiks offers consultations and legal counsel to discuss strategy and outcomes. The consequences of a charge can be life-altering. You need an attorney you can trust who will advocate for you every step of the way. Contact Justin Schiks today to protect your freedom and rights.

Professional Experience

For over a decade, Justin has dedicated himself to criminal and DWI defense. He has advocated for individuals through every step of a case, from pre-charge representation through pretrial hearings and trials. Justin has also accomplished countless successful sentencing departures, arguing, and gaining immense leniency for his clients. His passion for helping good people in difficult situations has given him success and the ability to continue to grow his private practice. Justin has also been given the opportunity to educate other attorneys on the criminal defense process and the ethics involved in criminal defense representation through continuing education and speaking engagements. Justin founded JS Defense, P.A. to provide a zealous defense to individuals of all ages and backgrounds. Justin provides a unique representation tailored to an individual’s case with the latest technology and resources. Justin is a member of the National College for DUI Defense and continues to stay educated on the latest defenses and case law to provide the most knowledgeable representation possible to his clients.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Ramsey County Bar Association
  • Washington County Bar Association
  • The National Trial Lawyers Association
  • National College for DUI Defense
  • Washington County Criminal Defense Panel
  • Better Business Bureau Accreditation
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Why Trust Justin schiks?

  • Over 12 Years of Experience Practicing Criminal Defense
  • More Than 2,500 DUI Cases Handled
  • Award Winning Representation
  • 10 out of 10 Superb Rating
  • Member of the National College for DUI Defense
  • All I can say is that Justin Schiks saved me from what was a train wreck waiting to happen. I had a different criminal attorney that gave me very bad legal advice and did a plea that I never should have done. I thought my fate was sealed, but Justin said nothing is ever in set stone. He was able to get my plea reduced; resulting in dramatically reduced my sentence.

    - Anonymus

  • I found myself in need of a criminal attorney as I was talking to Justin I was immediately put at ease and I knew I was in great hands. He is by far the most professional and personable lawyer I have ever worked with. He kept me up to date on everything that was happening in my case and helped keep my mind at ease and kept me relaxed and not stressed. If I ever find myself in need of a lawyer again. H...

    - Dean

  • Justin made a huge impact on my life, and gave me the second chance I needed to be successful in staying sober and living a “normal” life. I would highly recommend him to anyone who is facing criminal charges, because he’s not just in it for the money. He truly wants to make a difference in people’s lives.

    - Jenna

  • Professional, Trustworthy, Knowledgeable dependable! Where do i start with the qualities of Justin Schiks, he is in a word Professional and i would refer Justin to everyone i know.

    - Malcolm

  • 5 star service. Hands down the most professional, sincere, caring, and personally involved lawyer I have had on behalf of my life. I have had Justin represent me over the past few years covering things from traffic violations to a felony and have been pleased with the result every time. Not only that, I have recommended him to friends and family and they have nothing but nice things to say as well.

    - Samuel

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Aggressive, Personalized defense

At JS Defense: Minnesota Criminal Defense Lawyer, you are not just one of the many. We pride ourselves on our availability for our clients. Our firm is regionally and nationally recognized in the legal community as delivering an aggressive defense for each and every client, no matter how serious the case. If it matters to you, it matters to us!

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