Being arrested for a criminal offense can be scary. Being charged with a criminal offense is worse, and a conviction will follow you for the rest of your life. Depending on the severity of the crime, you may be facing substantial fines and jail time. If you or someone you know has been arrested on a criminal charge, it’s very important that you know your rights. The best way to protect yourself is to have a skilled criminal defense lawyer on your side. A good lawyer can explain in detail exactly what you’re facing, and help you decide what steps you should take next. Flakne Law can provide clients in and around Minneapolis, MN, with a skilled and dedicated criminal defense attorney.

Our Mission to You

The attorneys at Flakne Law have more than 90 years of combined experience practicing in the area of criminal defense. We will stand in your corner and fight for you, and aren’t afraid of going to court. We handle a wide range of crimes, including DUI and DWI, assault, domestic violence, federal crimes, felonies and drug crimes.

Crimes We Handle


Federal Crimes

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Drug Crimes

Don’t let the possibility of a criminal charge ruin your future. Educating yourself about your situation and the possible punishments you may be facing will give you the best chance in court. We can’t promise a reduced sentence or that we will keep you out of jail. What we can promise is that we will give 100 percent of our effort to your case, and do our absolute best to get you the best results possible. See the practice areas below to learn more about the criminal charges we cover.

Drug Crimes

Penalties for possession of a controlled substance (illegal drugs) can be very severe, especially if it can be proven that there was an intent to sell. Although considered a felony offense in many cases, the courts are not as harsh for first-time offenders compared to other felony offenses. Use this section to learn everything you need to know about drug-related issues and what steps you can take to protect yourself.


Minnesota law dictates you are intoxicated and subject to arrest if your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit is 0.08 percent or greater. You may also be arrested for driving with a BAC of less than 0.08 percent under certain circumstances, such as if you are underage or are driving a commercial vehicle. Punishments for a convicted DUI or DWI can result in both criminal and administrative penalties.

What we can promise is that we will give 100 percent of our effort to your case, and do our absolute best to get you the best results possible.

If you’ve been charged with a DUI or DWI, regardless of the circumstances you were arrested under you have to fight back. The first step is to educate yourself about the laws and what possible punishments you may be facing. Second, you need a lawyer. Preferably one who is well-versed in Minnesota driving laws, to give you that extra advantage. Check this page for details about DUI and DWI to better learn what you may be facing.

Federal Crimes

Federal crimes are serious business.There are many steps involved in dealing with someone suspected or accused of a federal crime, and conviction can result in heavy fines, years of jail time and what may seem like endless stress for you and your family.

If you’ve been charged with a federal crime, your first thought is probably “now what?” What do you do following your arrest? What will be your next steps legally? At Flakne Law, we have been helping individuals defend their case for more than 20 years. We are experienced in dealing with the federal courts, and we can sit down with you and help you figure out exactly what you need to do next. Click the header here to learn more about federal crimes and how we can help.


Felonies are the most serious levels of crime, and are punishable by at least one year in prison. Severity of punishments depend on the type of crime committed, and whether or not the accused has been convicted in the past. Many crimes fall under the felony umbrella, including certain drug crimes.

If you’ve been arrested on felony-level charges, you need a lawyer. The government isn’t especially forgiving, so you need a criminal defense attorney who will learn everything about your situation and stick with you when things get tough. Don’t face a felony charge alone – let an experienced lawyer walk you though the process and help you educate yourself so you have the best chances going into legal battle.

Contact a Skilled Criminal Defense Attorney

Facing a drug, DUI/DWI, federal or felony charge in Minnesota? Lawyers in our firm have been offering criminal defense services to Minnesota residents since 1924. Brian Flakne has 35 years of experience actively defending his accused clients in a court of law, and we will dedicate ourselves to your case. Contact us today or call us at (952) 888-9304 and let us help you put up a solid defense.

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"Brian Flakne handled my civil litigation in Hennepin County. Brian's courtroom skills are outstanding. I appreciated the time he took to explain all the relevant aspects of the law so that I would not be surprised by the arguments opposing counsel used at trial. By the time we started trial, I was confident that we had a terrific game plan and that we would win. He found a way for me to stand up to a bully and prevail."

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