DWI/DUI Defense Attorney Derek Hansen


Attorney Derek Hansen has worked on hundreds of DWI/DUI cases. He exclusively defends clients accused of driving while impaired, criminal vehicular operation and criminal vehicular homicide. He has obtained dismissals in a variety of criminal and implied consent DWI cases. He has also participated in DWI trials.

Mr. Hansen participated in a high profile DWI case at the Minnesota Supreme Court and in several Court of Appeals cases. He is a member of the DUI Defense Lawyers Association and is frequently involved in continuing legal education seminars for DWI defense, both as an instructor as well as a student.

Mr. Hansen understands the havoc that a DWI charge causes. He knows what is at stake for you and your family. He puts his knowledge of DWI law into practice to help minimize the consequences of a DWI arrest.

Mr. Hansen keeps up to date on the latest developments in DWI defense and the law and science it entails. He not only works to achieve a positive legal result for clients, he also helps them resolve other life issues, so that they can avoid future legal problems.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • National College for DUI Defense
  • DUI Defense Lawyers Association


  • University of St. Thomas School of Law, Juris Doctor
  • University of Pittsburgh, Bachelor of Arts


  • Criminal Defense Issues Relating to Medical Marijuana
  • Using Technology in the Courtroom
Today, our son has been sober for seven months. His marriage has been saved; his relationship with his family is once again fun and vibrant; and his business is the best it has ever been. — John G


At the end of a criminal trial, the judge reads a set of instructions to the jury to guide them in their deliberations.   These instructions are called “jury instructions” and while many of them are standard, they should be uniquely crafted to fit the particular issues in each criminal case and accurately state the law. Defense […]

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