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Criminal Law Information and Resources

Information and Resources

Going to Court in Minnesota

Learn what courts do and the difference between civil and criminal courts, what attorneys do, and what to expect and how to prepare when going to court in Minnesota.


State of Minnesota Board of Public Defense 

Information on how to obtain a public defender in Minnesota.


Criminal history record

Information on criminal history records from the MN Department of Public Safety.


Pro Se Prisoner Resources

The resources on this page apply to civil cases that are filed by federal and state prisoners and motions filed in federal criminal cases under 28 U.S.C. § 2255. The resources include guidebooks, information sheets, and forms.


Criminal Defense Services

Low-income defendants in Ramsey County who are not eligible for a Public Defender can see if they qualify for legal help by talking with an attorney from CDSI at their arraignment (first hearing) at the Ramsey County Courthouse.


Neighborhood Justice Center

A community law office dedicated to providing criminal defense services for low income persons of the the Twin Cities and East Metro area.


Legal Rights Center

Lawyers who defend adults and juveniles in criminal cases heard in any Hennepin County courtroom.


List of Community Resources for Ex-Offenders

Compiled by the Council on Crime and Justice.


Washington County Criminal Defense Panel Program

People charged with a misdemeanor, gross misdemeanor or felony in Washington County may get some brief legal help from a private attorney in this program free of charge. Call (651) 748-9373 for details.


Washington County Legal Advice Clinic: Criminal Law

Free 30-minute consult with a volunteer attorney for people who are low income and live in or have a court case in Washington County. Get legal advice on and help with matters such as traffic tickets, drivers license questions, misdemeanors, gross misdemeanors, felonies, probation violations, and expungements. This advice clinic is every Wednesday from 10:00am - noon in the law library, on the first floor of the Washington County Courthouse. To  schedule an appointment, download the intake form and complete it. You may fax it to 651-430-6331, mail it to Washington County Law Library, 14949 62nd Street North, P.O. Box 6, Stillwater, MN 55082, or scan and email the form to lawlibrary@co.washington.mn.us. Staff will call you to schedule an appointment once the form is received. Call (651) 430-6330 for more details.


Misdemeanor Defense Project (Hennepin County Bar Assoc.)

Misdemeanor Defense Project provides volunteer attorneys each day at the four Hennepin County courthouses to give brief advice without charge to persons facing misdemeanor criminal charges. Call 612-752-6666 for more information.