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.

I’ve just been charged in a criminal case. Now what?

In this day and age, there is clearly no such thing as a “minor” criminal offense. Minnesota, like many other states, has ratcheted up criminal consequences over the past years. Putting aside the obvious consequences like probation, fines and fees, jail, and even prison time, some criminal cases such as DUI/DWI, drugs, assaults, and sexual conduct carry collateral consequences that aren’t always obvious on the surface.

You need to talk to someone who understands the complicated law surrounding your criminal charge. Give O’Brien & Wolf a call! The attorneys at O’Brien & Wolf will listen to you, answer your questions, and inform you of your options. Best of all, we offer a free initial consultation. No charge, no commitment—just honest advice from an experienced criminal defense attorney, so you can understand your case and potential consequences. If you decide to retain O’Brien & Wolf to represent you, we can usually get your case opened and get to work within a day—now that’s service.

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

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There are dozens of criminal defense attorneys out there. Why should I hire O’Brien & Wolf to represent me?

Persons charged with a criminal offense need to have confidence that the attorney they choose to represent them has experience, top-notch skill, and a reputation for excellence representing individuals in criminal cases. These qualities are not optional—they are essential for an attorney representing you in your case.

O’Brien & Wolf is Rochester’s oldest and most respected law firm. Our commitment is to provide our clients with the best legal representation at a reasonable cost to them, and we’ve been doing that for over 80 years. Our attorneys are recognized for their skill in the law and its implications for our clients. We take our responsibility seriously to advocate for the best possible result for our clients, and we pride ourselves on our strong history of client satisfaction.

Criminal defense attorney, Jacob Allen, has practiced in the area of criminal defense for decades, having successfully represented hundreds of people charged with all types of criminal offenses. He knows the law, he knows the consequences to you, and he has the experience to know how to best defend your case and get you the best result possible. He is truly a lawyer who makes a difference for his clients in criminal cases.

Your case is a serious one. You owe it to yourself to see what O’Brien & Wolf can do for you.

Simply contact our office and arrange for a free consultation to get started.

What kind of criminal cases does O’Brien & Wolf handle?

A good question with an easy answer: all of them. Experienced criminal defense attorney Jacob Allen has vigorously represented clients in virtually all types of criminal cases including all drug and DUI/DWI cases, assaults, sexual assaults, firearm offenses, theft/fraud/property offenses, probation violations, and more. Attorney Allen is a seasoned trial attorney with a stellar representation for strong advocacy for those he represents no matter what their charge. There is no type of criminal charge too daunting, no situation too difficult, and no case too complicated that he can’t help you through the process and advocate for your interests along the way.

Jacob Allen is also experienced in representing clients in the collateral consequences that come with some types of criminal charges. Cases involving DUI/DWI regularly come with license and license plate revocations, mandatory ignition interlock, chemical dependency evaluations, and even forfeiture of vehicles in certain cases. Some assaults can mean a loss of gun rights for the remainder of a person’s lifetime. Criminal sexual conduct cases require registration as a predatory offender, periods of conditional release, and mandatory sex offender treatment. Jacob Allen and the legal team at O'Brien & Wolf will help you understand your case, all the potential consequences, and listen to you to help best defend your case and preserve your rights.

Additionally, every person deserves a second chance to move on from their criminal past. Attorney Jacob Allen is known for his hard work representing clients who want to take advantage of Minnesota’s expungement and restoration of gun rights laws. Don’t let your past hold you hostage today—there may be a way forward!

Wouldn’t it be easier to just plead guilty and get it over with?

It certainly is easier to just plead guilty! In fact, that’s precisely what the State and prosecutor hope you’ll do. No work for them, but all the consequences and a conviction for you.

There are actually very few cases where it makes sense to plead guilty without first talking to a criminal defense attorney. Even if you think the case is “open and shut” with no defense, oftentimes a criminal defense attorney at O’Brien & Wolf can get you a better outcome. There may be an option for your case that you don’t see!

A criminal defense attorney's goal for each client is a simple one: To get for you the best possible result, using his decades of experience as a fighter for his clients and their legal rights. No matter how dire your case may be, you owe it to yourself to consult with Jacob Allen at O’Brien & Wolf to see the difference that having a strong advocate at your side can make. 

I know I should retain a lawyer, but this is going to cost way too much, right?

You might be surprised! Don’t make the mistake of moving forward on your case without talking to us first. While retaining a good criminal defense attorney to represent you obviously costs money, O’Brien & Wolf’s goal is to provide for our clients the best “bang for your buck” that we can. O’Brien & Wolf’s strong history of client advocacy demonstrates we will do just that.

Individuals charged criminally need to think about the long-term cost of not hiring an attorney. Criminal records are public data in most circumstances, and, in this day and age, it is easy to look up an individual’s past history of criminal charges and convictions. Don’t underestimate how damaging a criminal past can be—especially when it comes to work and the ability to provide for yourself and your loved ones.

Ultimately, each case is different and the cost to defend each case is going to be different. Jacob Allen believes every person charged with a crime deserves a good attorney by his or her side, and will evaluate your case individually. We are committed to working with you to make your legal defense affordable.

Can’t I just use the public defender?

Having worked for years as a public defender before entering private practice a decade ago, Jacob Allen understands that public defenders have a hard job. They are overworked, underpaid, understaffed, and oftentimes go unappreciated.

Due to these conditions, Minnesota has tightened up public defender eligibility in recent years. If you have a job, or have assets that you own, it is unlikely that you will qualify these days for the services of the public defender in the first place. Even if you do qualify, you don’t get to pick your attorney—the public defender assigns you an attorney of his or her choice.

For those who may qualify for the public defender, Jacob Allen encourages people charged criminally to explore the possibility of hiring private counsel. Put simply: your criminal case is important. The consequences of crime are long-lasting and can affect you for years, even decades. You deserve the attorney of your choice to advocate effectively for your interests.

Oftentimes, friends and family are willing to help once they know what you are facing. O’Brien & Wolf is willing to do their part to make representation a possibility.


Contact us immediately for a free evaluation of your case!

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