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Mark Edward Arneson

Mark Edward Arneson

Former Prosecutor. 23 years of Experience Dedicated to Criminal/DUI Defense.
  • Criminal Law, DUI & DWI, Domestic Violence ...
  • Minnesota
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Mark Arneson's background as a former prosecutor makes him uniquely qualified to handle criminal defense cases and makes him one of the top criminal defense lawyers in Minnesota. He has had great success in gaining acquittals and dismissals for numerous clients throughout his career. Mr. Arneson practices exclusively in Criminal Defense and DWI/DUI Law. As would be expected, Mr. Arneson's work has earned numerous honors, including being named as a Top 10 Criminal Defense Lawyer, a Top 100 Trial Lawyer and a Rising Star by Minneapolis Super Lawyers. Attorney Arneson firmly believes that every person is entitled to the best representation possible and continually works diligently for each and every client.

William Mitchell College of Law
J.D. (1997) | Law
Honors: Graduated Magna Cum Laude
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Minnesota State College & University - Minnesota State University, Moorhead
B.A. (1994)
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Professional Experience
Arneson & Geffen PLLC
- Current
Arneson & Associates
Associate Attorney
Meshbesher Law Office
Prosecuting Attorney
Rajkowski Hansmeier
Articles & Publications
Urine Testing in DWI Cases
Minnesota State Bar Association
Speaking Engagements
Urine Testing in DWI Cases, Minnesota Criminal Justice Institute, Bloomington, MN
Minnesota State Bar
Rising Star
Minnesota Super Lawyers
Top 100 Trial Attorneys - Minnesota
National Trial Lawyers Association
Top 10 Criminal Defense Attorneys - Minnesota
National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys
Clients Choice Award
Superb Rating
Professional Associations
State Bar of Minnesota  # 0275803
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Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
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8th Circuit
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Minnesota Supreme Court
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8th Circuit
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  • Free Consultation
    All initial consultations are free. Feel free to ask me as many questions as you would like.
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Practice Areas
Criminal Law
Criminal Appeals, Drug Crimes, Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
Domestic Violence
Domestic Violence Criminal Defense, Domestic Violence Restraining Orders
White Collar Crime
  • English: Spoken, Written
Legal Answers
Q. In Minnesota if someone comes breaks into you home can you just shoot them and receive no punishment?
A: Minnesota has a version of the castle doctrine. Under State law a person has no duty to retreat from their own home and is allowed to use deadly force, including shooting an intruder, to prevent a felony from occurring within the home.
Q. In mn if a man is arrested for dv but the victim doesnt show will charges be dropped
A: It really depends. If the alleged victim was served a subpoena to be at court for the trial, some prosecutors will actually ask for a warrant to be issued for the alleged victim.
Q. My friend lied to the police about a domestic assault and is turning herself in for it. What will happen to her?
A: She will be facing a charge of filing a false police report. That charge is a gross misdemeanor in Minnesota. It is punishable by up to a year in jail and a $3000 fine. However, if this is a first offense for her, it would be highly unlikely she would serve any jail time.

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Arneson & Geffen PLLC
333 Washington Ave. North
Suite 405
Minneapolis, MN 55401
Telephone: (612) 465-8581