Criminal Defense

When you are facing criminal charges in North Dakota, whether it be a misdemeanor, felony or you have questions about the juvenile court or arrest warrants, 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. Being convicted of a crime can also affect key civil rights, such as your right to own/possess a firearm, to vote, to sit on a jury, or to hold public office.

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, our attorneys provide the peace of mind you seek and concentrate their practice on criminal defense throughout North Dakota & Minnesota. Our firm has represented individuals for an array of criminal charges. Many of the cases we 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. At SW&L, we 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. Having a DUI conviction can cause loss of your employment, money, driving privileges, freedom, and potential future increased penalties. It is vital for you to retain a lawyer who can provide you with the best possible defense, protect your rights, and assist you through the process. If you have been convicted of a DUI and it has been longer than 7 years since your conviction, you may be eligible to have your DUI sealed from your record.

Our law firm 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 us. Whether you have been arrested for cultivating, distributing, manufacturing, possession, involvement with a grow house, a meth or meth lab, a marijuana-related charge, or even prescription drug use, the potential consequences you face if convicted are serious. We understand North Dakota and Minnesota drug crime law and the penalties associated with them.

Alcohol Violations

We 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 our lawyers a call in Fargo today to discuss your defense options.

Assault & 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. 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. In either situation, a highly skilled criminal defense attorney is advised in order to get the proper legal representation for these types of charges in North Dakota. Theft, burglary, or robbery are serious crimes. At SW&L Attorneys, we 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 defense for your situation.

White Collar Crimes

Defending North Dakota white-collar crime charges can be complex. We handle 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 that you should consider giving us a call to discuss legal options.

Disorderly Conduct

Our attorneys 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 SW&L Attorneys Today

If you have a criminal issue in Minnesota or North Dakota, do not hesitate to call our criminal defense attorney at 701-297-2890.

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