Minnesota State Bar Association Certified Specialist

The Minnesota State Bar Association currently sponsors certification programs in four areas of law:  Civil Trial, Real Property, Labor & Employment Law, and Criminal Law.

Criminal Law

MSBA’s Criminal Law Section is the most recent addition to the list of approved certification agencies of the Minnesota State Bar Association, having certified its first specialists (now numbering 35) in 2010. The Criminal Law specialty area is defined as the practice of law dealing with the defense or prosecution of crimes in state and federal trial courts.

Read Hennepin County Judge Kevin Burke’s article on the value of hiring a specialist in the Criminal Law Specialist Tab http://mnbenchbar/2012/03/attorney-specialization/

Sudha Rajan graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2009 with a certificate in health law and bioethics. After graduation, she practiced law as a litigation associate at a corporate law firm located in Minneapolis. She is currently an IT consultant and licensed to practice law in Minnesota.

Drug cases

If you are accused of a drug crime, you are facing very serious consequences, even for possession of small amounts of marijuana.  A drug-related conviction can preclude you from many types of jobs and professional licenses.  You may be ineligible for student aid, housing, and many federal programs.

No private lawyer in Minnesota has defended more drug crimes than John L. Lucas. John L. Lucas was instrumental in the development of the first drug court in Minnesota.  He has won not guilty verdicts, evidence suppression, and dismissals of drug charges at every level. John L. Lucas has also negotiated many favorable outcomes for his clients charged with drug offenses.  He has defended over one thousand drug cases in Federal Court and in most counties in Minnesota and Colorado. 

No matter the need, litigation or treatment, John L. Lucas has the skills and experience you need.

Felonies and Misdemeanors

Felonies are crimes that carry the potential of imprisonment for over one year in the Minnesota Department of Corrections.  Gross Misdemeanors carry a maximum sentence of one year in the local jail.  Misdemeanors carry a maximum sentence of 90 days in the local jail.  Petty offenses carry a maximum $300.00 fine and no jail time.  Every misdemeanor and above are classified as “crimes” and carry consequences beyond any sentence in criminal court.

On the front page of this website, you can see 30 classifications of crimes of which John L Lucas has won not guilty verdicts and/or dismissals at trial.  If you are charged with any type of crime in Minnesota, John L. Lucas has a strategy to obtain a favorable result for you.

Domestic Assault

Unfortunately, this is a very common crime charged in Minnesota courts.  Regardless of the dispute, the safest route for the police is to take someone to jail.  This insures no further problems, at least for that night.  But a charge of Domestic Assault or related crimes (such as Interference with a 911 call, Violation of a Harassment Restraining Order, Violation of a Domestic Assault No Contact Order, Stalking) carry very serious consequences.  Convictions for these types of crimes, though most are only misdemeanors, can result in loss of employment, housing, child custody and visitation, gun rights, deportation for non-citizens, and more.  Subsequent Domestic Assault charges can be enhanced to Gross Misdemeanor and even felony level offenses. 

No one condones domestic violence.  But in most cases, the information reported to the police is far less complete than what really happened.  It is the job of the skilled defense lawyer to flesh out the details and portray the client in the most accurate light.  John L Lucas represents men and women charged with these serious offenses every day.  His track record is stellar.  

If you are accused of Domestic Assault related crimes, even if you are in custody, call John L Lucas at 612-DEFEND-U right away.

Sex Crimes

Sex crimes are a complicated result of our modern world.  Our laws in Minnesota treat any type of Sexual Assault, Indecent Conduct, or Pornography allegation with extreme seriousness.  Most of these types of charges are felonies that carry prison sentences or lengthy probation terms.  Extensive sex offender treatment is required of most persons convicted of such crimes.  Registration as a Predatory Sex Offender has  been expanded to include most persons convicted of any level of these crimes, including misdemeanors pled down from felonies.  If a person is sent to prison for a sex offense, that is not the end of the story.  In each of these types of cases, the prisoner does not simply serve a brief time on parole.  Each felony sex offense prison sentence carries a lengthy period of “supervised release” in which sex offender treatment is almost always mandated and any violation of the rules of “supervised release” results in a return to prison to serve out the remainder of this period.  It is usually several additional years in prison.

If you are charged with one of these types of serious crimes you need a very experienced lawyer to help you navigate through this maze of potential consequences.  The stakes are enormous.  John L. Lucas has defended over 100 of such charges.  The complexities of such cases result in negotiated results in the majority of cases.  You need a talented lawyer to negotiate the very best result possible.  John L. Lucas has won every sex assault related case he has ever taken to trial.  Your case is unlikely to end up in a trial.  But it is critical that all parties know that your lawyer is willing and capable to take your case to trial if need be.
Do not even think of cutting corners on a case such as this.  The rest of your life depends on it.

Theft/Fraud/White Collar

Shoplifting to check fraud to identity theft to complex fraud and embezzlement – John L. Lucas has seen it all.  John has recent trial not guilty verdicts in fraud and embezzlement cases.  He has vigorously litigated such cases in State and Federal courts.  But the “run of the mill” shoplifting case has long lasting consequences as well.  Every theft or fraud related charge is treated with the utmost seriousness.  You will need a lawyer experienced in all of the nuances of these complex theft, fraud, and embezzlement statutes.
John L Lucas brings the breadth of 25 years of experience in defending theft related cases.

Violent Crimes

If you are being accused of such a serious crime, you need the right lawyer NOW!  These types of allegations can carry extreme consequences.  Every decision is crucial.  These types of charges can truly affect the rest of your life.

Please do not hesitate to contact John L Lucas through telephone or email immediately. Remember your first consultation is always free.  One false move can land many in prison.  John L Lucas has handled virtually every type of Violent Crime.  His clients have received top notch representation and swear by his work.  You need the confidence that an experienced Criminal Law Specialist brings to this type of case.

Driving While Impaired/Criminal Vehicular Operation

These truly are complicated cases with long reaching results – jail, prison, license revocation, ignition interlock, chemical dependency treatment, vehicle forfeiture, loss of job or work-related license, even travel to Canada.  Time is also of the essence.  If you do not hire a lawyer quickly, you may be losing important rights.

More criminal defense lawyers advertise in this area than any other.  Most DWI type cases require extensive knowledge of many legal issues specific to this area of law.  You need a lawyer very knowledgeable in every one of the current issues in this rapidly changing area of law.  In the last 25 years, the DWI laws have changed more than 20 times.

John L Lucas is always up to date on the legal issues in the area of DWI law.  If your case involves such a legal issue, John L. Lucas will litigate it thoroughly.  John has taught several classes to other criminal defense attorneys on various areas of DWI law. But the difference comes when the pretrial issues are not successful.  Then a DWI case may need to go to trial.  This is the area in which the trial experience of John L Lucas separates him from most of the rest.  Your case may not go to trial.  But if it does, you will need a lawyer with John’s expertise. He has tried and won every type of DWI and DWI related case.  That includes dismissals of DWI-Refusal, Boating While Impaired, and even Criminal Vehicular Operation resulting in Death.