Criminal Law

Lawyers Who Make A Difference

Criminal charges are serious, complicated matters. People who find themselves charged with a criminal offense are often frightened, confused, and feeling stressed. The attorneys at O’Brien & Wolf are experienced in these matters, and we will put our knowledge and skills to work immediately to help you at ease. We have represented hundreds of individuals in all types of criminal cases, ranging from petty misdemeanors and misdemeanors to gross misdemeanors, felonies, and serious felonies. The nature of criminal cases is such that no attorney can guarantee results, but we work hard to achieve solutions which are just and reasonable for our clients. Our goal is to provide conscientious, competent and diligent services in criminal cases, and our history of client satisfaction proves we do just that.

DUI & Criminal Vehicular Operation/Homicide

Do not make the mistake of thinking that traffic and DUI/DWI offenses are not important, serious charges! Minnesota, like many other states, has ratcheted up consequences for DUI/DWI and certain traffic offenses over the past years.

Common penalties in DUI/DWI cases now include:

  • Lengthy periods of time on probation
  • Substantial jail time
  • High fines and court costs
  • Mandatory chemical dependency evaluations and treatment
  • Suspension, Revocation, or Cancellation of your driver’s license, combined with hundreds to thousands of dollars in fees to get your license returned to you and lengthy, mandatory periods of time before you may do so.
  • Mandatory Ignition Interlock–even for first time DUI/DWI offenders
  • Revocation of license plates
  • Forfeiture of the motor vehicle you were driving
  • There is even the possibility of prison time for some individuals

In this day and age, there is clearly no such thing as a “minor” DUI/DWI or traffic offense. The attorneys at O’Brien & Wolf understand the complicated law surrounding traffic and DUI/DWI matters—we work hard to obtain the best possible results for our clients. We will answer your questions, examine the evidence and circumstances closely, explain your options, and provide overall excellent representation to you.

Please contact O’Brien & Wolf to arrange for a free, personal initial consultation to discuss your case.

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The punishment for a conviction of a violent crime like assault can be harsh. A conviction can mean fines, restitution to the victim, probation, parole, counseling, jail or even prison time, and a permanent entry on your record. You could lose your right to own a firearm, lose your job, or your driver's license. Many assault charges are extremely serious and can change lives.

If you are being investigated or have been arrested and charged with an assault crime, seek the services of a criminal defense attorney with extensive experience, like O’Brien & Wolf Partner, Jacob Allen. Jacob has extensive experience and knows how best to defend you and resolve your case without going to jail. Jacob has excellent relationships with law enforcement and law officials throughout the state.

If you are facing an assault charge, schedule your free consultation today. We are available 24/7 to serve you.

Sexual Assault

Sexual assault is a highly serious offense with strong consequences.

If you or someone you know is charged with sexual assault or any other sex crime, contact O’Brien and Wolf Partner, Jacob Allen, and the Criminal Defense team at O’Brien & Wolf. Jacob is an experienced criminal attorney who can discuss your case and offer immediate guidance.

The Criminal Defense team at O’Brien and Wolf has successfully defended those facing:

Aggravated Sexual Assault, Failure to register as a Sex Offender, Public Lewdness, Sexual Assault, Statutory Rape, Possession of Child Pornography, Internet Sex Crimes, Indecent Exposure, Sexual Assault of a Child, Indecency with a Child, and Prostitution and Solicitation of Sex.

Contact us immediately for a free 24/7 evaluation.


Drug Offenses

If you’ve been arrested for a drug crime in Minnesota, you need an attorney immediately. Drug crimes often have some of the most complex criminal procedures in criminal law. Important decisions need to occur quickly. Without proper and immediate legal counsel, you could put yourself in unnecessary danger.

The key to a successful drug crime defense in Minnesota is early involvement. And although many cases are resolved without going to trial, we approach your situation as if it will. If you’ve been arrested on possible drug charges, don’t wait. Contact us immediately for a free 24/7 evaluation.

Firearms Offenses

Are you being investigated for, or have you been arrested on, weapons charges in Minnesota? Firearm laws are complex, which is why you need a skilled Minnesota defense and gun rights attorney to help you understand your rights. The potential consequences are gravely serious. Conviction can be devastating and change the rest of your life. Weapons offenses are not to be taken lightly. They can involve large fines or possibly prison sentences.

Accused of having an illegal weapon or possessing a weapon at the time of another crime? Let us help guide you through this complex and ever changing area of the law. We have the experience to see you through. Contact us immediately for a free 24/7 evaluation.

Property and Diversion Cases

Diversion of trust property can be considered a criminal act because a trust agreement forms a contract between the trustee and the beneficiary. The trustee has an obligation to act in the best interests of both the trust and its beneficiary.

Expungement and Restoration of Gun Rights Petitions



Did you know that minor offenses and some non-violent felonies are eligible for expungement? Offenses such as shoplifting, traffic violations, marijuana possession, or assault.

Is a past conviction is affecting your life, or are you concerned that it will affect your employment or your reputation? Then contact O’Brien & Wolf. After a certain period of time, it is possible to have old convictions and arrest records sealed. Through expungement, you can then legally state on a job or college application, for example, that you have never been arrested or convicted for that offense.


Gun Rights Petitions:

If you have been convicted of a felony or certain misdemeanors then both federal and state law prohibit you from purchasing, possessing, or transporting firearms.However, in many cases it is possible for Minnesota residents to have their gun rights restored.

Some convicted persons can petition the circuit court of the jurisdiction in which he or she resides for a restoration of their right to possess firearms.

You may be eligible if your disability is based upon a state conviction. If that’s the case then you may be eligible to petition the court for a restoration of your gun rights.

Mistakes occur, but if you have turned your life around, then it’s time. Time to recover all of your rights. Contact us immediately for a free evaluation.


If you interested in arranging a consultation, please contact our office.

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