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The MN Criminal Defense Blog was created to educate people on their basic civil rights and legal defenses in the state of Minnesota. Topics range from DWIs, to prostitution, to drug charges. We encourage you to use this blog as an open forum for discussion on the various subcategories of Criminal Defense in Minnesota. We’re constantly tracking up-to-date stories about everything pertaining to criminal law.

Each article is written in close consultation with the experienced MN criminal defense attorneys of the Appelman Law Firm. This allows us to produce and share honest and factual information with our readers while developing a unique and educational perspective. Let’s meet the attorneys:

025AL2012Avery Appelman is a well-respected criminal defense attorney and is the founding and managing partner of the Appelman Law Firm.  He has been assisting clients in all areas of criminal defense for 16 years and his insights have been sought and shared by various news outlets in Minnesota.



Geoff_InternetReadyGeoffrey Saltzstein is a criminal defense attorney and partner at the Appelman Law Firm. Before joining the Appelman Law Firm, Geoff worked as a law clerk for Judge Phillip Bush in Hennepin County, tackling some of the most serious Minneapolis felony cases.




Mel WelchMelvin Welch is a Minneapolis criminal trial attorney and the newest addition to the Appelman Law Firm team. Before joining the firm, Melvin worked as an Assistant State Public Defender and as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in Hennepin County.



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The attorneys of Appelman Law Firm, LLC provide criminal defense representation for their clients involved in DUI / DWI, Drug, Assault, Sex Crime, Juvenile, Misdemeanor, and Felony cases in the following Minnesota cities and counties: the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Bloomington, Richfield, Brooklyn Park, Maple Grove, Anoka, Coon Rapids, Fridley, Blaine, Roseville, Maplewood, Woodbury, Eagan, Burnsville, Savage, Prior Lake, Chaska, Chanhassen, Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, St. Louis Park, Edina, Hennepin County, Ramsey County, Anoka County, Dakota County, Washington County, Carver County, and Scott County. Attorney Advertising. This web site is designed for general information only.