Criminal Defense

Criminal defense law entails everything from a ticket for DWI up to an indictment for murder. There are a number of stages to any criminal defense investigation and prosecution. The earlier you obtain a criminal attorney, the better your criminal defense will be and the more your rights will be protected. If you are being questioned by the police, the statement that you give may become the strongest evidence against you.

Even if you’ve done nothing wrong, your statements could provide the basis for your arrest. Contact Allen Eskens, an experienced criminal defense attorney, as soon as you suspect that you are being investigated for a crime. If you have been charged with a crime, it is important that you start your criminal defense investigation immediately. For example, if there is a surveillance camera near the incident that might contain helpful footage, it must be preserved before the footage is either taped over or destroyed.

Many times clients will wait to contact a criminal attorney in the hopes that the trouble will go away by itself. In that time of waiting, critical evidence can be lost. As a former prosecutor who now practices exclusively as a criminal defense attorney, Allen Eskens has more than 20 years of experience as a criminal defense lawyer in Mankato and southern Minnesota. He’s earned a reputation for working hard to give all of his clients the best result possible, whether they have been charged with murder, burglary, assault, drug charges, criminal sexual conduct charges or DWI.

If you have been arrested or charged with a crime; if you have been stopped for DWI; or if you believe you are under investigation, you will need an experienced criminal defense attorney.

Contact Allen Eskens for a free initial consultation at (507)345-5500. If you are arrested for a crime like DWI and need a criminal defense lawyer after hours, contact Allen Eskens at (507)931-2020.


If a police officer stops you on the street, or in your car (DWI) he may try to get you to say something that can later be used against you in court. As a criminal attorney, I can tell you that even statements of intended denial may seriously hurt you in court (i.e., if you deny the burglary but admit you were in the neighborhood, or if you deny being drunk but admit “only a few beers”). You have the right to remain silent and it is usually advisable to do so, either than giving basic pedigree information like your name, address, date of birth, etc. If this happens, call me, Allen Eskens, right away at (507)345-5500.


If the police are calling your home asking to speak to you, you may be a suspect in a criminal investigation. You need a criminal defense attorney before you answer any questions or give any information beyond the basics of your name, date of birth, etc. Quite often, the detective will seek to question you on the telephone about the incident, and then ask you to come voluntarily to the station to “straighten things out.” If you go to the station, you will probably be asked to talk further about the case. You might be asked to give “your side of the story.” A good criminal lawyer will tell you that while this might seem like a golden opportunity to get out of trouble, it is often a trap. It is sad to discover later that the only basis the police had for arresting a person was the statement he or she gave to them. Often this statement (which the prosecutor will call a “confession”) is the most damaging piece of evidence at trial. The best thing you can do if the police come to your home or call for you on the telephone is to answer no questions and call me, Allen Eskens, an experienced criminal lawyer at (507)345-5500.


By the time you are charged with a crime and receive the summons and complaint, the police have made up their minds that they have enough evidence to convict you. Anything you do at this point will not change their minds. You need a lawyer on your side to investigate and prepare your side of the story. Whether you’ve been accused of DUI or DWI, burglary, or any form of criminal misconduct,you need an aggressive and though attorney like Allen Eskens: an attorney based in Mankato, MN with more than 19 years of experience in criminal defense, an attorney who is a former prosecutor, a criminal defense lawyer who does nothing but criminal defense cases. You need an expert attorney who understands the nuances and complexities of the case. A lawyer who dabbles in defense part time doesn’t have the experience necessary to navigate a criminal defense case to the level you need. Call me, Allen Eskens a skillful and tough criminal defense attorney, at (507)345-5500.


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