Lesch & Duren have over 20 combined years of experience in criminal law, including cases ranging from simple misdemeanors to serious felony level offenses.

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You can expect aggressive representation at every stage of the process. Lesch & Duren will not back down in court and will fully defend your rights.

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Guided by a set of core values that drive our lives as attorneys, Lesch & Duren are dedicated to providing superior client and legal services.

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John Lesch

John has 15 years of experience as a criminal prosecutor, having handled over 10,000 cases involving domestic assaults, DWI, neighborhood drug activity and theft. John has a long record of successful jury trial wins, and a winning record at the Court of Appeals.

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Rebecca L. Duren

Practicing exclusively in the area of criminal defense, Rebecca Duren is a former Public Defender who gained experience trying cases ranging from Juvenile to Felony offenses.

Why Hire An Attorney?

A criminal conviction can have a huge impact on your future. It may affect employment, housing and your right to own, posses or use a firearm.

Just because you have been arrested does not mean that you are guilty. An experienced Criminal Defense Attorney will be able to review all of the evidence and analyze the actions of the police. There are many factors that need to be reviewed from the stop, to the arrest, to the search and finally to the actual charges that are brought by the prosecutor.

The help and advice you get from your family and friends may be good but it is not the same as having a professional advise you. Lesch & Duren specialize in criminal defense. That is all they do. They can help you.

Lesch & Duren understand that being charged with a crime can be a difficult and stressful situation. We are committed to our clients. We will fully evaluate your case and provide you with all of your options.

Services We Offer

If you are facing criminal charges, you need the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney. Lesch & Duren provide criminal defense representation in cases involving, violent crimes, drug crimes, domestic abuse, criminal sexual conduct, driving while intoxicated (DWI) and traffic offenses.

Criminal Sexual Conduct

In Minnesota, the crime of rape is called Criminal Sexual Conduct, and includes the felony crimes of 1st through 4th degree, and the Gross Misdemeanor 5th degree. The severity of the charge depends on whether the allegations involve a weapon, penetration, and, in cases commonly known as "statutory rape," the age difference and relationship between the individuals involved.

Domestic Assault

Domestic arguments can often result in police calls and in someone being arrested and jailed. A domestic assault arrest can result in extended jail/prison time, fines, the possibility of firearm forfeiture and even preclusion of future firearm possession. This makes a domestic assault arrest very serious - especially for military personnel. Domestic-related offenses are aggressively prosecuted by City and County Attorneys in Minnesota.

Driving While Impaired (DWI)

A DWI arrest results in heavy consequences, even before your first court appearance. You must be quick to hire an attorney so as not to forfeit your constitutional rights which expire very soon after your arrest. Consequences may include high bail costs, indefinite loss of license, heavy fines, jail time - or even prison time!

Drug Offenses

A person can be charged with a drug crime by either possessing or selling a controlled substance. Drug offenses are serious charges that can result in significant consequences, including prison time. A conviction for a drug crime is considered a violent crime under state and federal law and will prevent you from owning, possessing, or using a firearm.


For decades, Minnesota law prevented the courts from clearing an old criminal record that barred a person from employment or housing, but in 2015 the Minnesota legislature made it possible for successful petitioners to have their records sealed after clearing certain hurdles before a judge.

Traffic Offenses

Traffic violations may result in a spiraling set of consequences that include license suspension/revocation, vehicle impound, and even jail time. Consequences for those who must drive for their job can be especially punishing. Don't get caught in the wheels of the justice system for a traffic infraction, let Lesch & Duren work a deal that will protect your rights.

Violent Crimes

Violent crimes can be as simple as assault, drug possession, or car theft, or as serious as sexual assault and homicide.

Questions about your case? We can help.

Lesch & Duren attorneys at law recognize that every case is unique. We listen first and then craft a plan that is specific to you and your case. No matter what the charges are, contact Lesch & Duren for a free consultation of your case.

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