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James M Ventura

DUI and DWI Attorney at Wayzata, MN

5.0   12 reviews

Licensed for 39 years

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About James

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James Ventura has been practicing law since 1983. With his 33 years of experience he has been able to help many people accused of serious crimes.

Jim is licensed to practice law in Minnesota District Courts, Minnesota Federal Court, Minnesota Court of Appeals, Minnesota Supreme Court, United States Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, Arizona Federal Court and the United States Supreme Court.

James believes in fighting for the best outcome for his clients, given their individual predicament. He strives to reach this goal each and every day. James has defended people accused of DWI, possession of firearms, drug possession/sale, domestic assault, assault (felony, gross misdemeanor, and misdemeanor), aggravated assault, sexual assault, aggravated robbery, terroristic threats, burglary and many other crimes.

James belongs to many organizations such as the Minnesota Society for Criminal Justice, Douglas K. Amdahl American Inn of Court, Minnesota Association for Justice, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. James has also been awarded a SuperLawyer every year since 1999!

If you find yourself suspected or charged with a crime, James offers a consultation over the phone or in his office at absolutely no charge. James is willing to walk you through the law, court process, and defenses to the charge(s) in which you are facing. Please call James M. Ventura, Attorney at Law for a free consultation today!.

Licensed for 39 years
State MN
Status Authorized to Practice
Acquired 1983
Updated 10/29/2022

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

Contact James

James M. Ventura, Attorney at Law
1000 Twelve Oaks Center Dr
Suite 100
Wayzata, MN, 55391-4704

Reviews

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Posted by ken | July 7, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Legitimate miracle worker!
If you are looking for serious criminal defense, look no further than Jim Ventura. I met Jim after I was arrested and charged with illegal possession of firearms and illegal distribution of explosives. Since I had prior federal convictions for both of those things, I was looking at the prospect of dying in federal prison. By far, the gun charges were the most serious as they would have mandated a prison sentence of 10 years or more. Somehow, Mr. Ventura got the gun charges dropped. This is simply unheard of. And I was not caught with my grandfather's .22 rifle and 50 rounds of ammo. I was found in possession of numerous guns, (again) including an assault rifle (again) and almost 10,000 rounds of ammunition (again). Given these facts, and my criminal history, Harry Houdini could not have made those gun charges disappear but somehow Mr. Ventura did the impossible. Not only did he clear me of significant mandatory prison time for the guns, he got the prosecutor to recommend a greatly reduced sentence on the explosives charges! In the end, I was sent to a cupcake low security federal prison for 18 months, instead of Gladiator School in a US Penitentiary, where almost everyone goes when convicted of explosives violations. In short, Mr. Ventura SAVED MY LIFE and I will be forever grateful to him.
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Posted by anonymous | March 7, 2021
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Recommended
Mr.Ventura was easy to work with, and knowledgeable. He was reassuring at each stage of the process
Posted by Jay | October 6, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent lawyer, highly recommend.
Working with Jim was a good experience. He was positive and very good at explaining the situation and the possible outcomes. He would tell some relatable stories that helps a person feel better, and also reminds you in a good way to make better decisions and the more severe consequences if what happened, were to happen again. I would highly recommend Jim because of his character and attitude and the wealth of knowledge he has. He was able to get me through my case with ease and understanding, taking a lot of stress off my shoulders, and making me feel better about the situation, and reassuring me that we will get through it.
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Posted by anonymous | August 27, 2019
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Total confidence in this lawyer
When you hire Jim, you rest assured you’re on good hands. I had total confidence in him. He was extremely knowledgeable on DWI enforcement and law. He was always willing to answer any questions I had at any hour. I would highly recommend Jim.
Posted by anonymous | June 27, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Third time was a charm!
Unfortunately when it comes to hiring a lawyer there are many out there that don't take your situation seriously, its only a job and a pay check to them IMO. In my situation I had false charges brought against me and never had any prior criminal charges so obviously I had no idea how to find the best lawyer to defend me. 1st one was a referral from a website (not AVVO) and I caught them saying one thing and doing another FIRED! 2nd one finally admitted just dragging things out to go to trial to further their own career FIRED! Then finally I found JIm on the AVVO site, he had the situation fixed after the second meeting with the Prosecuting Attorney. Jim was very calm and concise with his approach and got both charges throw out in a proficient manner. Hopefully I'll never need another criminal defense lawyer again but will be calling Jim for sure if the need ever arises. Do yourself a favor and call Jim first and not waste a lot of time, money, and frustration like I did.
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Posted by Heather B | April 30, 2018
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Great Experience
I recently worked with Jim on a DUI and forfeiture case. Jim was very helpful in walking us through the process and explaining our options. He helped us feel comfortable in a tough situation. Although, there wasn’t a way to get the case dropped, we had the best possible outcome. We were able to get our vehicle back without going to court! I would definitely recommend Jim to anyone I know in the future!
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Posted by anonymous | February 10, 2018
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Professional and Excellent
I appreciate Mr. Ventura representing me. He was knowledgeable and explained each part of the process in my case very well. I would recommend his services to others.
Posted by Edward | October 31, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
DWI
James did an excellent job representing me for a DWI offense. I highly recommend his services.
Posted by anonymous | April 28, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
simply the best
I am a recent client of James Ventura and am very knowledgeable about the practice of law. what do you get with a great lawyer? You get: superior knowledge of the law a deep understanding of how the process actually works high level of communication and explanation a large amount of experience someone with knowledge of the players someone who has earned the respect of the players someone who will leave no stone unturned someone who uses individual case analysis rather than characterization someone who can fight as well as negotiate Oh, and one other thing---success. that what you get when you get James Ventura
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Posted by Leamarie DeLeon | April 27, 2017
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Always there!
Mr. Ventura has represented myself and more than one of my family members over the last 20 years. He has always gotten right back to us. He has protected our rights and we have been completely satisfied in every situation. I can not say enough about Mr. Ventura true concern for the welfare of his clients.
Posted by anonymous | November 17, 2016
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Anonymous Review
Mr. Ventura is an excellent lawyer. A 5 out of 5 star review. I am extremely satisfied with the results of my case. I sincerely appreciate James's concern for me as an individual and his quick wits and ability to see things differently. I will recommend him to anyone and I will choose him in any future legal matters to represent me. He composes himself in the most professional manner possible.
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Posted by Daniel | June 19, 2016
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Competent and confident representation
The representation I received from James M. Ventura was inspiring and competent on every level. He was precise in understanding the charges in a difficult case. Early on, he clearly and confidently communicated his strategy and the weakest links in the prosecution's case. The prosecution was overmatched from the beginning of the litigation thru the dismissal of 100% of the charges.
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Cost

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

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney/Owner
  • James M. Ventura, Attorney at Law
  • 1991 - Present
  • Partner
  • Johnson Wood
  • 1990 - 1991
  • Associate Attorney
  • Johnson Wood
  • 1985 - 1990
  • Associate Attorney
  • Grathwol, Oberhasuer and Randall
  • 1983 - 1985
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Education

  • William Mitchell College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1983
  • University of Minnesota
  • Sociology and Criminal Justice
  • 1978

Associations

  • Minnesota Society for Criminal Justice
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • N/A
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Minnesota Associate for Justice
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Douglas K. Amdahl American Inn of Court
  • Member
  • N/A
  • United States Supreme Court
  • Attorney and Counselor
  • N/A
  • Minnesota Supreme Court
  • Attorney and Counselor
  • N/A
  • United States District Court for the District of Minnesota
  • Attorney and Counselor
  • N/A
  • United States District Court for the District of Arizona
  • Attorney and Counselor
  • N/A
  • United States Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Attorney and Counselor
  • N/A
  • Minnesota District Courts
  • Attorney and Counselor
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2022
  • Super Lawyer
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • AV Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • 2014 Volunteer of the Year
  • Lawyers Professional Responsibility Board
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Super Lawyer
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers
  • 2010
  • Super Lawyer
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers
  • 2009
  • Super Lawyer
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers
  • 2008
  • Super Lawyer
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers
  • 2007
  • Super Lawyer
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers
  • 2006
  • Super Lawyer
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers
  • 2005
  • Super Lawyer
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers
  • 2004
  • Super Lawyer
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers
  • 2003
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Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (1)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"James Ventura is a highly skilled and effective criminal defense attorney. I've known him for a number of years and have observed him in and out of the courtroom. He works hard for his clients to get the best results in their case."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An excellent lawyer who treats clients with patience, care, understanding, and utmost professionalism - an even better person and I wholeheartedly recommend for future services."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with JIm with co-defendants on two separate cases. The first case was a felony kidnapping which was reduced to a disorderly conduct. The second case was a theft case which was dismissed. Jim does excellent work and I would not hesitate to work with him again."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've seen Jim in action when I clerked in district court and I've worked together with Jim on a legal matter. He is an excellent attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have referred numerous clients to Jim for representation in criminal defense matters and they have been uniformly pleased with his representation and the results of the representation."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Jim is an excellent trial lawyer and does great work for his clients. He is tenacious and creative."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I fully endorse Jim as an excellent criminal defense lawyer who is very knowledgeable and fights diligently for his clients."
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Wayzata DUI and DWI Lawyer James M Ventura
James M Ventura
DUI and DWI Attorney
Wayzata, MN
Licensed for 39 years
Free Consultation