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Michael James Brandt

Criminal defense Attorney at Anoka, MN

4.8   17 reviews
  • Licensed for 29 years
    State MN
    Acquired 1994
    Authorized to Practice No misconduct found

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About Michael

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense

    31 years, 4,000 cases

  2. DUI and DWI

    31 years, 500 cases

  3. Domestic violence

    31 years, 300 cases

  4. Speeding and traffic ticket

    31 years, 1,000 cases

  5. White collar crime

    31 years, 200 cases


Brandt Criminal Defense
2150 Third Avenue North
Suite 210
Anoka, MN, 55303


4.8 / 5.0
  17 customer reviews
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Posted by anonymous | April 23, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Great Results
In July of 2022 I was wrongly accused. Mike and his team were awesome in explaining the process and, most importantly, executed a strategy that proved the police overembellished their position. Further, his team put together their findings and documents showing that the prosecutor's case would fail, resulting in the County Attorney dismissing the case, all without ever having to step foot in a courtroom. Their knowledge, professionalism, and foresight is unmatched.
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Posted by Charles | January 16, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
A fair and understanding professional.
We researched the market and concluded that Mike Brandt is considered a top 3 attorney in this area. Mike Brandt is not only highly skilled as a specialist in this field, but also has the respect of the judicial community. This was evidenced by how he was treated in the courtroom. Mike’s skill and integrity were clear in all our dealings with the court system. Our case was satisfied better than expected. We highly recommend Mike Brandt both as an attorney and as a fair and understanding professional.
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Posted by Daniel | July 13, 2023
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| Consulted Attorney
Great experience
Many thanks to you Mark and your firm for direction, advice, and expertise. Friendly, to the point, with resolution in sight. I cannot be more thankful to you for your care; you went far above my expectations and I am so grateful to you for your help. Thank you so much!
Posted by anonymous | January 19, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend
Mike did a tremendous job. I got myself into a situation that I never thought would happen to me in a million years. He took the time out of his Saturday to explain everything to me. Good people can go through tough times and I was lucky enough to have him on my side to get the result I wanted. Would highly recommend working with Mike. He can explain anything to you like you're 5!
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Posted by anonymous | December 1, 2022
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Highly recomend
I unexpectedly found myself in a position of an unjust criminal accusation. Mike Brandt’s firm was recommended by a couple of sources, so I contacted them. I was given professional, wise, and compassionate direction throughout the process. All my questions and concerns were welcome and addressed in a very timely manner, even to addressing the emotional toll this was taking on me. Mike, and his assistant Jenna, were very professional, approachable and accommodating. A few days before the trial, the charges were dismissed. I highly recommend working with Mike Brandt.
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Posted by Michael | April 11, 2022
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Happy Client
I appreciate the time spent listening to my issue. Mike listened closely and asked detailed questions that were fair and to the point. He called back within less than 24 hours to tell me he would represent me and how we should move forward with my case. After my case was dismissed, Mike said it was a pleasure working with me, that he hoped he never had to see me again but would be there for me if needed in the future. Mike is a very professional and classy attorney who I highly recommend.
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Posted by Cindy | May 9, 2021
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Best Defensive Attorney in Anoka County
Mike Brandt and his staff are the BEST. Kind and caring in a difficult time. Very easy to talk with, prompt responses to questions and or concerns. Easy accessible via phone, email, office. Very reasonable cost to represent me. HIGHLY RECOMMEND
Posted by Melissa | February 26, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Melissa costillo
My lawyer was is an excellent lawyer and his assistant is wonderful to he met every need with my case
Posted by Brooke | November 24, 2013
An Angel of a Lawyer
Michael Brandt is an outstanding lawyer. I felt very blessed to have had him represent me through my whole legal ordeal. At a young age with no past experience dealing with the legal system, I had no idea what to expect but the worst. Michael made me feel like there was hope and provided me with the strength to forge forward. I was looking for a lawyer who cared and that's exactly what Michael did. He cared about my case and it was shown. I appreciated the amount of information he gave me walking me through each step and keeping me up to date as everything played out. He mad it clear communication was number one priority. I felt very comfortable being able to call even with what I may call "stupid questions" but he let me know no question was dumb, that's what he was there for; direct, inform and answer. He went above an beyond what I expected from a lawyer. A compassionate and caring soul equipped with determination, justice and knowledge. What better characteristics could you ask for in a lawyer? I absolutely recommened Michael Brandt for anyone's lawyer or anyone who may have made a mistake and need that second chance. Michael allowed me to obtain that and I am forever greatful and appreciate him and his work beyond mountains. Without Michael I don't feel I would have been able to get through everything on a emotional level as well as a legal level. He made a big difference in my life impacting it for the better. To me Michael Brandt was my gaurdian angel, more valuable than gold. I truly felt he was an angel sent down in one of the roughest times of my life. Again, just an amazing lawyer. God bless his soul! -Brooke B.
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Posted by Rob | November 21, 2013
Brandt Defense Goes Over The Top
Michael Brandt And The whole Brandt Defense Team Went over the top in handaling my early release from probation case They were able to get the case pushed through very quickly Mike speaks with confidance and makes you feel like he does care about you I would not only recommend them i would hire them if needed again Thanks again Rob N
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Posted by Brian | October 30, 2013
awesome attorneys
I hired Michael Brandt at Brandt Criminal Defense to defended my daughter in a criminal vehicular case and found them to be outstanding. I interviewed several law firms and right from the get go we knew they were the firm to use. His knowledge of the laws and his approach to our case could not have been better. He is extremely professional and I would highly recommend him to anyone needing legal help at any level. Children tend to learn about life the hard way and I will use him exclusively for any future problems we encounter. Thank you Mr. Brandt. BH
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Posted by Jeff | August 16, 2013
Mike guided our son through a very difficult new world of legal issues with skill and compassion
We would highly recommend working with Mike. We were very impressed with Mike's professional approach. Dealing with legal issues was a whole new world for us. He guided our son (and us) through the process with a skilled, compassionate style that put us at ease. He is honest, fair and definitely the right choice to have on your side
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Posted by anonymous | June 15, 2013
I am very lucky to have worked with Mike.
Mike did an outstanding job and communicated every step of the process very clearly. I am very fortunate and glad to have worked with Mike and would highly recommend him.
Posted by Brian | June 14, 2013
A real Pro
Michael and his team were very professional, courteous, and armed with all the right answers for what we needed. He guided us through the process in a way I expect from a pro and ultimately got the results we wanted. Thanks.
Posted by Patrick | October 29, 2012
Absolutely outstanding- could not have asked for more
I was arrested while working in MN(I live out of state). The criminal charges that were assessed by the county would have destroyed my life and career. After looking at lawyers in the area, I settled on Mike Brandt. From the beginning, Mike was responsive and sympathetic to the gravity of my situation. After my initial consultation, there was no pressure from him for me to retain his services immediately. I chose Mike because of his expertise in handling criminal cases, knowledge/familiarity with local courts and personnel, and finally the impression he made upon the first time we met. Mike responded to each and every question I ever asked in full detail. He continually asked what the impact of various outcomes would have on my life and career. Mike was not only concerned with the legal ramifications of my case, but empathized and offered moral support the entire time my case was proceeding through the legal process. His staff was completely responsive and professional. As I didn't live in MN, Mike and his staff were exceedingly accommodating by communicating most of the time via email(and phone whenever I called). Every step of the way(it was a long process), Mike would explain everything that he was doing, what it meant to me, and any possible alternatives. Even in the face of what looked like negotiations breaking down with the county, Mike kept pressing a very key point in my case that swung the prosecutor in the end. Ultimately, Mike was successful in my felony charge being dismissed and I only received a petty misdemeanor. My life and career were saved. Without a doubt I made the right choice to hire Mike. I couldn't ask for more. If you are upfront with him, he will give you well informed, straight up advice and answers. I would recommend him to anyone in MN needing a lawyer. Hopefully I won't need legal representation again, but if I did, I would be calling Brandt Criminal Defense and retaining Mike. Thanks again Mike!
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Posted by Thomas | October 3, 2012
I have used Michael for a number of matters and I have yet to meet an attorney as honest and ethical and skilled as he. He always returns all of my phone calls / emails, keeps me informed every step of the way and always sticks to the game plans we discuss when we first meet. He never made promises he could not keep and was extremely fair with his fees. Michael impressed me with his knowledge of the laws and his courtroom presence and demeanor. Michael is down to earth and treated me with respect and was never arrogant nor condescending to me or anybody he dealt with in court (prosecutor / judge, etc.). I would recommend Micheal to anybody in need of an attorney. He certainly changed my view that attorneys are sleazy cheats. He is an asset to his profession. The individual whose comments are also posted is certainly entitled to his opinion, but he portrays Michael in a way that is entirely contrary to my experience. Thank you Mike for all of your help. I should also mention that his entire staff was always helpful and friendly when I would call! Please keep up the great work!
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Posted by anonymous | March 25, 2012
He's got my money, I guess that's what counts
My crime was commited under the influence of prescription medications, though I did not realize it at the time -- It was only when I became suicidal and stopped taking them did the fog lift. So there I was, charged with Terroristic Threats, a felony. I wanted to clear my name and go to trial, but Mr. Brandt said it would be too expensive and urged me to plead guilty to 5th Degree Assault, saying it was only one level above Disorderly Conduct, basically a 'nothing' charge. I felt guilty, so I did as he suggested. A minor charge? Not true! 5th Degree Assault is considered a 'crime of violence' by all employers, and my professional reputation is ruined. Not even Taco Bell will hire me with that on my record. I've lost my house, any chance of future employment, any chance of retirement. Maybe he's completely ignorant of the impact a criminal record can have on someone's life, but wouldn't you expect that kind of knowledge from a criminal defense attorney?
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AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Brandt Criminal Defense
  • 2005 - Present
  • Partner
  • Jasper and Brandt, PLLC
  • 2003 - 2005
  • Associate
  • Allan H. Caplan & Associates
  • 1999 - 2003
  • Assistant Public Defender
  • 10th Judicial District Public Defenders
  • 1994 - 1999
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  • William Mitchell College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1994
  • University of Minnesota
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1987


  • Minnesota Society for Criminal Justice
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Anoka County Bar Association
  • Treasurer
  • 2003 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Treasurer
  • 1999 - Present
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2011
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2010
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2009
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2008
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2007
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2006
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2005
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2004
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2003
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  • Minnesota CLE
  • DWI Deskbook- Evidence Chapter
  • 2013

Speaking Engagements

  • Expert on Criminal Law
  • “Expert” for criminal law questions
  • 2012
  • 47th Annual Criminal Justice Institute
  • Dirty Dozen - ETG Testing
  • 2012
  • DWI Seminar
  • DWI Defense
  • 2008
  • 43rd Annual Criminal Justice Institute
  • Shultz Issues with the Intoxilyzer 5000
  • 2008
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Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mike Brandt 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 Mike a long time, and I would gladly refer to him with confidence that he would do an outstanding job."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 01
Relationship: Other
"Mike is a great senior criminal defense lawyer. He was very helpful in assisting me with a probation question I had for one of my clients."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 30
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Mike is one of the most engaging, approachable and talented criminal defense attorney's I've had the privilege to work for. He's very likable and is able to explain difficult concepts in plain language. I've learned many lessons from Mike over the years. Mike is hands down, my go-to call whenever a friend or client is in need of defense work. I highly recommend Mike."
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Anoka Criminal defense Lawyer Michael James Brandt
Michael James Brandt
Criminal defense Attorney
Anoka, MN
Licensed for 29 years