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The criminal defense lawyer who fights aggressively for your rights.

Serving Dakota and Scott Counties and all of Minnesota.

Facing Minnesota criminal charges is scary. Police and prosecutors do their best to seek tough penalties. Hire a criminal defense attorney with more than 23 years of courtroom experience who knows exactly how to fight these charges and protect your rights.

From misdemeanor DUI/DWI/Test Refusal to First Degree Murder charges, criminal defense attorney Brent S. Schafer has represented individuals in nearly every county in the State of Minnesota.


Nationally recognized, award winning fighter for your rights.

Mr. Schafer began his legal career working for two Minnesota District Court judges, then as a Minnesota County Attorney where he prosecuted criminal matters and argued appellate issues at the Minnesota Court of Appeals. Brent Schafer has been honored as a Minnesota Attorney of the Year, a Minnesota Super Lawyer and was a finalist for National Trial Lawyer of the Year.

A graduate of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, Mr. Schafer is a recognized authority who has presented at several continuing legal education seminars as well as made appearances on local and national news programs discussing legal matters.

Mr. Schafer achieved national recognition during his fight to release Koua Fong Lee from state prison. Mr. Lee had been convicted of criminal vehicular homicide after his Toyota Camry unexpectedly accelerated, crashing into another vehicle and killing three people in St. Paul. Mr. Schafer reopened Mr. Lee’s case and ultimately convinced a judge to release Mr. Lee from prison and grant him a new trial. The case was soon dismissed by the prosecutor. Mr. Schafer was honored with the first-ever Never Forgotten Award, presented by the Innocence Project of Minnesota for his work on the Lee case.

If you or a loved one has been arrested, you’re probably very concerned about what the future holds. Brent S. Schafer and the Schafer Law Firm provide a high-quality, aggressive defense to your charges, all while communicating closely with you so you know exactly where your case stands at all times. Retain the services of the Schafer Law Firm and get tenacious defense representation and the emotional support you need throughout the process.

Passionately fighting for your criminal defense case.

Mr. Schafer fights tirelessly for clients accused all criminal offenses including the following crimes:

DWI/DUI/Test Refusal—Alcohol Related driving offenses and Test Refusal charges are perhaps the most common and becoming the most serious when comparing the statutory mandatory jail sentences that are imposed. Brent S. Schafer has handles DWI/DUI and Test Refusal cases for over 20 years, including license revocation and vehicle forfeiture issues that often accompany alcohol charges.

Drug crimes — Drug crimes of any degree can affect your future and your reputation. Schafer Law Firm, P.A. competently and passionately defends you if police arrest you for selling, possessing or manufacturing drugs.

Sex crimes — A sex crime conviction can lead to a lengthy prison sentence and registration as a sex offender. Defense attorney Brent S. Schafer has handled complex sex crime, sex assault and sexual misconduct cases. He uses his more than 20 years of experience to help you create a solid defense.

Assault — While fifth degree assault is a misdemeanor offense, first-degree assault is a felony punishable by fines and confinement in a state prison. Our firm can help you build a strong defense if you face charges for any type of assault.

Theft — Depending on the circumstances of your theft case, you could lose your freedom. We thoroughly review the circumstances of your case and then devise an effective defense strategy for you.

Burglary — Burglary crimes may be charged as misdemeanors or felonies. Regardless of whether the state charges you with first-degree or fourth-degree burglary, you need guidance from an experienced lawyer as quickly as possible.

Homicide — The killing of another person is the most serious crime in the criminal justice system. Individuals who have been arrested for homicide must seek immediate and competent legal help.

Criminal vehicular operation — Cars, trucks and motorcycles are considered dangerous weapons if operated or used irresponsibly. If you are charged with criminal vehicular operation, attorney Brent S. Schafer is ready to rush to your side and protect your rights.

Parole and probation violations — If you are out on parole or on probation, you must obey your supervisor. If you are accused of violating a parole or probation order, seek skilled legal aid immediately.

Gun prohibitions — The Schafer Law Firm, P.A. maintains knowledge about recent gun law developments. The firm fights for your rights if you face charges for unlawful firearm possession or another type of gun crime.

Interference with a 911 call — Interfering with a 911 call is not a prank. In fact, the State considers it a misdemeanor offense. If you are accused of this offense, we will help to build your defense.

Kidnapping and false imprisonment — If convicted of kidnapping and false imprisonment, you face a wide range of penalties, including prison time, fines, probation, counseling and possibly the death penalty. For a legal situation this grave, Brent S. Schafer is your best advocate.

The Schafer Law Firm, P.A. charges a flat fee to handle all criminal matters. Fees vary depending on the criminal charge and the goals of the client.

Contact a determined attorney with more than 23 years of experience defending Minnesotans.

If you’ve been arrested on any charges from DUI to homicide, the Schafer Law Firm, P.A. is ready to help. Our firm serves Dakota and Scott Counties as well as the rest of Minnesota. For experienced and capable defense counsel, call 651.209.1919 or contact the firm online to schedule a free consultation.