Criminal Defense

When you are facing criminal charges in North Dakota, whether it be a misdemeanor, felony or you have questions about juvenile court, it is important to have an attorney who has the time and will put forth the effort necessary to defend you against the State or Federal Government, both of which have nearly unlimited resources to prosecute a case against you. Being convicted of a crime can affect many aspects of your life negatively. It may lead to the loss of your job, family issues, increased financial obligations like insurance rates, and court-ordered programs or evaluations that interrupt your daily routine and create time constraints.

With any type of criminal charge, you need an attorney who knows the law. From protecting and asserting your rights to walking you through the criminal defense legal process, From Fargo, Nathan Severson & Luke Heck provide the peace of mind you seek and concentrate a large part of their practice on criminal defense throughout North Dakota & Minnesota. Many of the cases Nathan & Luke represent clients with include:


If you are arrested and charged with driving under the influence (DUI) in North Dakota, the consequences can be severe. There’s a chance you will lose your driver’s license for a period of time, pay significant fines and can potentially receive jail time depending on your specific DWI charge. Our attorneys work with many different areas of DUI-related situations including all breath test or breathalyzer issues, blood test questions, drunk driving penalties, accidents involving DUI’s, drunk driving charges involving injuries, two or more DUI charges, underage DWI’s and general license suspension questions.

When facing charges that could result in jail time, fines, or license suspension, it is critical to have a lawyer who is well versed in the specifics of North Dakota law surrounding these charges. If you have been charged with DUI, you need a lawyer who will spend time reviewing all of the facts and explaining your options to you so your rights will be protected. Having a DUI conviction can cause loss of your employment, money, driving privileges, your freedom, and potential future increased penalties. It is vital for you to retain a lawyer who can provide you with the best possible defense and protect your rights.

Frequently Asked Questions About North Dakota DUI

Luke also represents individuals who have been charged with driving while impaired (DWI) in Minnesota. In MN, there are severe penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol and other illegal substances. In fact, there are both criminal and civil consequences when you are convicted of driving while impaired. Due to the complex and serious nature of DWI charges, it is important that you get an attorney who is knowledgeable in this practice area in order to protect your freedom, your pocketbook, and your driving privileges.

Drug Charges

If you have been charged with any drug crime in North Dakota, it is urgent that you speak with Nathan or Luke. Whether you have been arrested for cultivating, distributing, manufacturing, possession, involvement with a grow house, a meth or meth lab situation, a marijuana-related charge, or even prescription drug use, the potential consequences you face if convicted are of a serious nature. Nathan and Luke understand North Dakota drug crime law and the penalties associated with it. Luke also represents clients charged with drug offenses in Minnesota, including Moorhead, Detroit Lakes, Fergus Falls, and the greater lakes area.

Alcohol Violations

Both Nathan and Luke offer services to those charged with an array of alcohol violations. It is vital to consult with a lawyer who understands the law and can provide you with the best possible defense for alcohol-related charges.

In North Dakota, no one can be prosecuted in ANY court solely for public intoxication. With that being said, law enforcement officers have the authority to take any apparently intoxicated person to their home, to a local hospital, or to a detoxification center.

Probation Violation

In North Dakota, the sole purpose of probation is to test your behavior and ability to abide by the legal policies and procedures of which you are granted. If you are on probation, you likely have been ordered to follow certain conditions set forth by a North Dakota court. If you violate the terms of your probation, revocation of your probation and possible jail or prison time can occur. If you find yourself needing additional clarification on probation or have recently violated your probation terms, give Nathan or Luke a call today to discuss your defense options.

Assault and Battery

It’s rare that one finds himself in a situation where simple assault, assault, aggravated assault or reckless endangerment are involved, but the act of threatening a person with violence and/or physically harming that person can lead to serious consequences in North Dakota. At Severson, Wogsland, & Liebl, PC, we understand unexpected incidents occur that result in a criminal charge of assault and we are here to help.

Robbery, Burglary & Theft

Generally speaking, robbery is the taking, or attempting to take, something of value from another person, persons or other entity by use of force, threats or intimidation. Another type of theft crime is burglary, which is the unlawful entry into a structure to commit theft. Other common names you may hear from time to time include break-in or breaking and entering. With either situation, a highly skilled criminal defense attorney is advised in order to get proper legal representation with these types of charges in North Dakota. Theft, burglary or robbery are serious crimes. Nathan and Luke offer legal services to those charged with any of these crimes in North Dakota. It is important to consult with a lawyer who understands the law and can provide you with the best possible criminal defense.

White Collar Crimes

Defending North Dakota white collar crime charges can be complex. Nathan handles these legal situations with a sensitive outlook, knowing the impact a white collar criminal conviction can have on one’s record. Criminal charges such as bribery, conspiracy, copyright violations, criminally related civil litigation, Internet crimes, giving false statements, corruption on the political level and trafficking of counterfeit goods are serious North Dakota white collar crime charges where you should consider giving Nathan or Luke a call to discuss legal options.

Disorderly Conduct

Nathan and Luke work with those charged with disorderly conduct. It is vital to consult with a lawyer who understands the law and can provide you with the best possible defense for disorderly conduct charges in North Dakota.

Contact Nathan Or Luke Today

If you have a criminal issue in Minnesota or North Dakota, do not hesitate to call Nathan or Luke with SW&L Attorneys at 701-297-2890.

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