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Christian Ryan Peterson

Criminal defense Attorney at Anoka, MN

4.7   27 reviews

also known as Christian Peterson Law Office


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About Christian

Learn Christian’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    35%
    Drug Cases, Assault, Domestic Assault, Orders for Protection, Theft, Harassment, Burglary, Juvenile Cases, Sex Crimes, Internet Crimes, Murder, Robbery

    19 years

  2. Divorce and separation
    35%
    Divorce, Dissolution, Custody Disputes, Orders for Protection, Harassment, Parenting Time, Child Support, Spousal Maintenance, Division of Assets, Alimony

    17 years

  3. DUI and DWI
    25%
    DWI, DUI, B-Card, Driver's License, B-Card, Whiskey Plates, Vehicle Forfeiture, Implied Consent

    19 years

  4. Family
    5%
    Divorce, Custody Disputes, Orders for Protection, Harassment, Parenting Time, Child Protection, Adoption, Termination of Rights

    17 years

Former prosecutor fighting for you.

Mr. Peterson was born and raised in Plymouth, Minnesota. He attended college at the University of Minnesota and law school at the University of St. Thomas School of Law in Minneapolis.

Since his admission to the Bar in 2006, Mr. Peterson has litigated hundreds of cases in a wide variety of criminal offenses ranging from murder and serious assault to DWI/DUI and traffic violations. He also has handled a wide variety of matters from divorce and child protection to general civil litigation. His experience includes successfully representing clients through negotiation, jury trial and at the Court of Appeals.

Mr. Peterson has established a solid reputation as a highly skilled attorney. He has received the highest rating of 10.0 from the lawyer rating website , and has been recognized by the National Trial Lawyers as one of the Top 100 trial lawyers in Minnesota. He has also been awarded the Top 40 Under Age 40 Award by the American Society of Legal Advocates and the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys.

Prior to opening his own practice, Mr. Peterson spent several years as a prosecutor promoting public safety and improving his community. Mr. Peterson is a frequent lecturer at the University of St. Thomas School of Law on various topics. He also routinely serves a judge in moot court and mock trial competitions.

Mr. Peterson resides in Maple Grove, Minnesota with his wife and daughter. He is active in the area of health and fitness, writing for as well as prominent fitness blogs. He has been featured in local media as a result of his promotion of a healthy lifestyle in his community.

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Licensed for 16 years
State MN
Status Authorized to Practice
Acquired 2006
Updated 10/28/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Christian

Christian Peterson Law Office
2140 4th Ave
Anoka, MN, 55303
Christian Peterson Law Office
7365 Kirkwood Ct
Suite 200
Maple Grove, MN, 55369
Christian Peterson Law Office
404 1st Ave E
Shakopee, MN, 55379
Christian Peterson Law Office
101 W. Broadway St.
Suite 100
Osseo, MN, 55369
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Reviews

4.7 / 5.0
  27 customer reviews
Posted by anonymous | June 7, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Would Use Again
Christian did a really nice job helping me through my divorce process. He was a great listener and helped me reach a fair deal. Unlike horror stories I have heard from friend's about their lawyers in the divorce process, Christian was very cost conscious and did his best to resolve my case without charging me "an arm and a leg".
Posted by Beth | May 21, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
110% ABOVE & BEYOND THE BEST!!
I consulted Christian on a brief time-schedule, with a legal matter I needed representation for. I felt so much better after just talking with Christian for a phone consultation, that I knew I had to go with him! Upon hiring Christian, he assured me I was going to be in good hands. He was undoubtedly right. Christian went above and beyond for me throughout my entire case, ensuring I’d have the best possible outcome. To say I’m grateful or pleased with Christian’s intelligence of the Law and his unstopping drive for his clients, would be a complete understatement! I will be recommending him to anyone I know with any law- and real estate needs! (-:
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Posted by Dylon | April 24, 2020
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Amazing job!
I texted Christian for a consult and he returned my call within a hour, I told him about my case and he gave me options on where he thought he could go with my case and I agreed. As soon as I signed my contract and gave payment Christian worked on my case right away and got it resolved without having to go to court and also go exactly the results I wanted. He’s very good at communicating and is amazingly nice and is very good at his job. I’m very thankful for the help Christian has provided me with!
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Posted by christina | March 4, 2020
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Highly Recommended
Christian really helped my family through an unknown legal process. He was very helpful in answering questions to ensure we understood the process and really took the anxiety out of the legal process. I would definitely use his services again in the future and highly recommend him. He was extremely helpful and responsive.
Posted by Jen | February 12, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
The Best of the Best!
Christian helped me through a very difficult time with patience and perseverance. I have a daughter who works in the justice system as well, and he was always patient with answering her questions. He guided me in the right direction all while listening to my concerns and often talking me off a ledge. I would highly recommend Christian for any legal issues that you are having! He is knowledgeable, kind, and very funny! He put me at ease right away when I met him. He was also very responsive via text, phone, or email. I gave him 5 stars out of 5 because he's great!
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Posted by Tim | September 22, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
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Really cares about his client
Christian was there for me when ever I had a question, even the smallest concerns. Quick to respond
Posted by Paul | September 17, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
worth every Dollar
Everything Christian said he could and would do he did I had a very sticky case and he prevailed
Posted by anonymous | September 6, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
DWI Defense
He made himself available whenever I had questions and needed to talk about my case. All of my charges were either dropped or greatly reduced. I am very happy with the outcome. I would definitely hire him again!
Posted by anonymous | February 17, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Miracle Worker
I hired Christian upon finding myself in need of a criminal defense attorney. Now, with my case resolved, I can honestly say that you would be hard-pressed to find better legal representation. I was facing two assault charges while already on probation, so it goes without saying that I was in quite the bind. From start-to-finish, Christian demonstrated nothing but the highest levels of professionalism, legal knowledge, and overall competence. Equally, you could not ask for a more personable and congenial lawyer by your side, especially in such a difficult time. We had several court appearances spanning across several months, throughout the duration of which Christian always took the time to address any questions/concerns I may have. When everything was said and done, Christian pulled-off what I call an absolute miracle: he got my assault charges dismissed, ensured I serve no jail-time, and made sure that this entire ordeal would not violate my probation. Ultimately, he saved my future, as serving jail-time and/or time on house arrest would have gotten me fired from my job and/or expelled from my university. If I could give more than "5-Stars" I surely would, because it would be the understatement of the decade to say that he is the one of the top defense attorneys out here.
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Posted by Barry | October 26, 2018
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Highly recommended
Christian worked hard for me , I was very satisfied with the settlement reached in court, he is very knowledgeable on Minnesota laws, very nice to have on my side for legal representation. From the beginning to the end he was there to guide me through my case and explain in detail all the things I needed to know
Posted by anonymous | October 11, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent lawyer
Christian helped our family by representing our daughter in a traffic violation. He helped her receive a stay if adjudication. He was very communicative, honest, and well prepared. He was professional, kind and well informed. I would highly recommend Christian as a lawyer. We could not have gotten through this without him.
Posted by Larry | April 5, 2017
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Criminal Defense Attorney
Christian Peterson not only has a calm demeanor when working with you he is very knowledgeable in his field. Due to his many years of experience in Anoka County he has become quite familiar with Judges & Prosecuting attorneys. This allows him to represent you in the best way possible. His fee is quite reasonable!!
Posted by anonymous | March 22, 2017
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Christian Pederson
We hired Christian for a criminal case. He was very knowledgeable and gave very good advice. We did very well in our case thanks to Christian, and I would highly recommend him as a defense attorney.
Posted by Marcel Hughes | January 5, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommended
I know that I made an excellent choice hiring Christian to help with expunging my criminal record. Other lawyers wanted 2 to 3 times the amount he was charging for the same work, making professional help unaffordable to me. Christian made the entire process very easy for me. He completed all the difficult work involved in the process, and I just arrived for the court dates when he told me to. Christian's dedication to his profession can be seen clearly in his work. His communication skills are excellent. He was straight-forward with me the entire time, letting me know what was happening next. I know there are many lawyers to choose from, but I would urge anyone to at least take the time to receive a consultation from Christian. He is insightful, and I found him to be honest in his opinions regarding my case.
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Posted by Patricia | October 19, 2016
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A good choice
In a family crises that involves criminal justice, it's important to have a trusted legal guide through the unfamiliar territory. Christian became that for my family. He was knowledgable & experienced; kind & compassionate. We recommend Christian even though he wears crazy socks.
Posted by Amy | July 30, 2016
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A real estate expert
Mr. Peterson recently helped me with a complex real estate investment transaction. It was clear from the beginning that he has a deep understanding of the entire process. He clearly explained everything from start to finish and was always available to answer my questions. He was an amazing negotiator and closed the deal well under my highest and best price. He took all the stress out of the process and made it easy and enjoyable. If you're looking for a real estate attorney I can't recommend him enough. I plan to use him for all of my legal needs.
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Posted by B. | March 31, 2016
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Hire a lawyer and make it Christian.
First, if you are in court for any reason you need to hire a lawyer. Like it or not, they know the system and are your only chance for your best outcome. The previous two sentences are easily the best advice you will get today. The court system, for any infraction at all, is a maze that does not reward the unprepared. I am here to recommend Christian R. Peterson specifically. I interviewed five lawyers before I hired him. He is smart, honest, professional, hardworking, personable, and has experience prosecuting and defending. He knows the law and the court system and will explain it to you along with your options and then work to achieve the best outcome for you. In my entire life, I have had the need for just one lawyer and I am happy I hired Christian for guidance. I will now use him for future work in business, real estate, and estate planning as well. Hope this helps someone.
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Posted by Joe | March 16, 2015
One of the first successful expungements of 2015!!
I had a misdemeanor assault conviction from 1998 that I needed expunged for work. When Christian filed the expungement in April 2014, the new law hadn't yet been passed. After the law passed Christian advised me that I would benefit by postponing the hearing and refilling the motion for a January 2015 hearing. This advise paid off with a successful unopposed granting of my expungement. Christian was patient with all my questions and worries. He was extremely knowledgeable about the process and professional. I would definitely recommend Christian for anyone's legal needs.
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Posted by mnlakes56 | February 17, 2015
GOOD JOB
Christian got me out of bogus charge of disorderly conduct. Thanks Christian Rich
Posted by Erik | February 4, 2015
Meticulous criminal law attorney
I called Christian after being arrested for a DWI. I was facing criminal and civil penalties and had many questions. Christian was patient, thorough, and helped guide me through this process. His dedication, assertiveness and attention to detail helped in reaching a favorable outcome. I absolutely recommend Christian's legal services.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Christian Peterson Law Office
  • 2012 - Present
  • Prosecuting Attorney
  • Scott County Attorney's Office
  • 2009 - 2012
  • Associate
  • Randall & Goodrich
  • 2007 - 2009
  • Prosecuting Attorney
  • Kanabec County Attorney
  • 2006 - 2007
  • Law Clerk
  • Dakota County Attorney's Office
  • 2005 - 2006
  • Law Clerk
  • Ramsey County Public Defender's Office
  • 2004 - 2005
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Education

  • University of St. Thomas School of Law - Minneapolis
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2006
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2003

Legal Cases

  • State v D.W.
  • Felony assault charges dismissed
  • State v. B.W.
  • Felony criminal vehicular operation charges amended to gross misdemeanor
  • In re the Custody of J.A.
  • Client received full custody of child
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Associations

  • Scott County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Anoka County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Anoka County City Prosecutors Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Kanabec County Law Library Committee
  • Board Member
  • 2006 - 2007
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Top 100 Criminal Defense Trial Lawyer
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Top 10 Under 40
  • National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Top 100 DWI Attorneys in Minnesota
  • The National Advocacy for DUI Defense
  • 2015
  • 10 Best Attorneys in Minnesota
  • American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys
  • 2014
  • Top 40 Lawyers Under 40
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2014
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Top 10 Attorneys Under Age 40
  • National Academy of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2014
  • Featured Attorney - Criminal Defense
  • Avvo
  • 2013
  • Top Contributor
  • Avvo
  • 2013
  • Top Comtributor Award
  • Avvo
  • 2012
  • Meritorious Service Award
  • City of Nowthen
  • 2009
  • Dean's List
  • University of St. Thomas
  • 2005
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Publications

  • Scott County Law Enforcement Bulletin
  • Minnesota Laws Update 2012
  • 2012
  • University of St Thomas
  • Equal Protection and the Defense of Marriage Act
  • 2005

Speaking Engagements

  • Criminal Justice Institute
  • Attorney Self Care
  • 2019
  • MSBA Everything But the Trial CLE
  • Defense Tactics in Contested Hearings
  • 2016
  • Criminal Law Association Q&A
  • Defense Attorney 101
  • 2016
  • Criminal Law Society Annual Q&A Panel
  • Working in Criminal Justice
  • 2014
  • Criminal Lawyers Panel
  • Criminal Law Q&A
  • 2012
  • Scott County Law Enforcement Summit
  • Minnesota Law Update 2012
  • 2012
  • Criminal Lawyers Panel
  • Criminal Law Q&A
  • 2011
  • Alcohol and College Life
  • Alcohol and the Law
  • 2009
  • Kanabec County Law Enforcement Series
  • Civil Forfeiture Basics
  • 2007
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Attorney endorsements

Received (26)
Given (27)
Endorse Christian
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I fully endorse Christian Peterson. I have know Christian for several years and know him to be a very skilled and knowledgeable attorney who has an excellent grasp on the law and works hard to serve his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"If you're looking for a tough criminal defense lawyer who knows exactly what to do when you need it most - call Christian. Reasonable rates, easy to get a hold of, and experienced. I can offer no better praise than I refer my own clients to him when they need a criminal defense lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Christian for many years. He has a great reputation in the legal and real estate community. He is committed to his clients and obtaining the best results. His skill set serves all of his clients well."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I fully endorse Christian; we have worked together on numerous cases and I have found Christian to be very knowledgeable, honest, and personable."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Christian Peterson is well respected by judges, attorneys, court staff and professional colleagues. He has earned an excellent reputation as a smart, well-prepared and effective attorney. I have known Christian a long time, and I would gladly refer to him with confidence that he would do an outstanding job."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Peterson is an excellent attorney with an outstanding reputation for providing thoughtful and clever representation. I am happy to endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 09
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Christian was a tough but fair prosecutor. He's now putting his prosecution experience to work for the benefit of his criminal defense clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I consider Mr. Peterson a mentor. His legal savvy and effective representation are second to none. Mr. Peterson is always the first person I call when I need advise or a consult. I gladly endorse Mr. Peterson without hesitation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A highly skilled and respected lawyer in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. An outstanding and well respected attorney in the legal community. I would recommend him wholeheartedly to anyone needing legal representation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Christian is an experienced attorney that vigorously defends his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Christian is a zealous advocate for his clients. His attention to detail, ability to think outside the box, and creative trial strategies make him an asset to anyone defending themselves in our criminal justice system."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 15
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. An uncanny ability to relate with client needs while advocating for the best result possible."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 05
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have seen him as a prosecutor and a defense attorney. He is a man of his word. He will do everything he can to help you if you are his client. He is well respected and well known by judges and attorneys across the State of Minnesota. He has the breadth and scope of experience to get a good result for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Peterson's answers here on Avvo indicate he is a very knowledgeable and experienced criminal defense attorney. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Peterson is a knowledgeable attorney who is generous with his time. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Thoughtful, experienced responses to the forum."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch criminal defense attorney."
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Anoka Criminal defense Lawyer Christian Ryan Peterson
Christian Ryan Peterson
Criminal defense Attorney
Anoka, MN
Licensed for 16 years
Free Consultation