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Marsh Halberg

Marsh Halberg

"Attorney of the Year" (Minnesota Lawyer 2011)

"Top Six Criminal Defense Attorneys" (Mpls/St.Paul Magazine)

"Super Lawyer" (1997-Present)

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Tina Appleby

Tina Appleby

Achieved jury acquittals / case dismissals / successful resolutions in over 2,000 cases

"Top 100 National Trial Lawyer"

"Who's Who in Criminal Law"

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Eric Nelson

Eric Nelson

"Rising Star" from 2004-2013

"Super Lawyer" 2014, 2015 and 2016

Named one of the "TOP 40 UNDER 40" by the National Trial Lawyers' Association

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Doug Hazelton

Doug Hazelton

"Best Lawyers in America" (2008-Present)

"Super Lawyer" (2008-Present)

Author Minnesota DWI Handbook (West Publishing)

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Jeremy Kaschinske

Jeremy Kaschinske

One of a handful of MN defense attorneys certified on DataMaster, DMT (MN's current breath-testing device)

Contributing Author to Minnesota DWI Deskbook

"Super Lawyer Rising Star" 2014, 2015 and 2016

TOP 10 Under 40 for the State of MN

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Debbie Lang

Debbie Lang

2012, 2014, 2015 and 2016 "Super Lawyer Rising Star"

"Top 100 National Trial Lawyers" by the National Trial Lawyers' Association

1 of 50 Minnesota Society for Criminal Justice Members

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Lee Orwig

Lee Orwig

Trial Counsel - State's Largest criminal case (4,400 Defendants)

Criminal Defense Special Recognition Award (2011)

2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 "Super Lawyer Rising Star"

Criminal Law Co-chair (2010-2012)

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Dave Risk

Dave Risk

Eight-Time Award Winner of "SuperLawyer - Rising Star"

J.D. William Mitchell College of Law magna cum laude graduate

2014, 2015 and 2016 "Super Lawyer"

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Andrew Wilson

Andrew Wilson

Magna Cum Laude from Mitchell Hamline School of Law

"Marshall Brennan Fellow"

Former Law Clerk, Third Judicial District

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Christina Zauhar

Christina Zauhar

Member of Minnesota Women Lawyers

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Minnesota Federal Law Attorney

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There is an old saying “don’t make a federal case out of it”. That phrase is defined as taking a small issue and turning it into a serious, complicated matter. There is a certain truth in this saying, as Federal criminal cases are many times treated far more seriously than a similar charge in state court. The federal process is more bureaucratic, more structured and offers less flexibility than case charges at the local level.

Most people do not realize that, if they are charged with a criminal offense, it is possible that it can be charged twice -both by both the State of Minnesota and the Federal Government. Having this “double prosecution” does not constitute double jeopardy.

Federal charges can involve significant or high profile cases involving hundreds, if not millions, of dollars in alleged wrongdoing, banking or mortgage fraud or similar large-scale matters that might involve interstate commerce.

The charging process in Federal court can start with a Grand Jury, which is a group of 16 to 23 citizens that are brought together to determine if there is enough evidence for charges to issue against someone. If the Grand Jury issues the indictment, criminal charges in Minnesota will be handled in one of the federal courthouses, such as: St. Paul, Minneapolis or Duluth.

Sentencing in Federal cases is governed by the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which involve a mathematical calculation of a defendant’s prior criminal record and the points assigned for the severity of the new offense. A score is reached which determines a sentencing range. Until recently, those guidelines were mandatory for a judge to follow, but now judges are allowed some deviation for sentencing.

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