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Paul B Ahern

DUI and DWI Attorney

5.0   3 reviews
  • Licensed for 41 years
    State MN
    Acquired 1983
    Authorized to Practice No misconduct found

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Practice areas
  1. DUI and DWI

    41 years

  2. Criminal defense
    Domestic Assault, Criminal Sexual Conduct, Drug Offenses, Fraud and Other Property Offenses - State and Federal Courts

    41 years

Paul B. Ahern is a crimnal defense lawyer based in Minnetonka, who practices thoughout the State of Minnesota.  His practice is exclusively in the area of criminal and DWI defense and has been since 1992.  Prior to that time he served as a County prosecutor in Benton County and City Prosecutor for Shorewood and Tonka Bay in the Lake Minnetonka area.   Paul Ahern has spoken at the Minnesota Criminal Justice Institute, and other seminars on the subject of criminal defense.  He has served as the Chairman of the annual DWI Defense Seminar for the Minnesota Society for Criminal Justice for seven years (passing the job to someone else after the 2017 Seminar).   He has been trained on the Datamaster Breath Machine and on Field Sobriety Testing.  He does the time consuming "dirty work" other lawyers often do not do: interviewing you personally (not having a legal assistant do it), watching the police videos and listening to audio recordings, reviewing forensic evidence and quality control evidence from the lab, legal research, writing briefs, evidentiary hearings and trials . . .  Put his experience to work for you.


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Posted by anonymous | March 17, 2019
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| Consulted Attorney
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This was my first time asking a question here and I got a really great answer regarding immigration issue. thanks a lot for helping
Posted by anonymous | January 11, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Dui case
Great attorney answered all my calls handled my case to the end with no extra fees Did a Great job Thank you Paul
Posted by anonymous | July 12, 2009
Paul did a very thorough job
Paul handled my case very thoroughly and quickly. I truly believe that he followed every step possible, even when I thought there might not be any hope of success. During the process I had a chance to speak with others facing the same offense. I know now that Paul was more successful than many others regarding his negotiation results. That was very helpful to the bottom line and, along with other positives, made the investment in Paul's services very worthwhile. I found Paul to be very knowledgeable and prepared.
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AVVO RATING 8.9 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Criminal Defense Attorney
  • Paul B. Ahern, P.A.
  • 1996 - Present
  • Partner
  • Froberg and Ahern
  • 1988 - 1996
  • Associate
  • Froberg and Penberthy
  • 1985 - 1988
  • Assistant County Attorney
  • Benton County Prosecuting Attorney
  • 1984 - 1985
  • Law Clerk
  • Minnesota Fifth Judicial District
  • 1983 - 1984
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  • Rathburn McMurray Three Day Seminar
  • Certified Datamaster DMT Operator/Evidentiary Science
  • 2011
  • Industrial Training and Design
  • Certified Intoxilyzer Operator/Evidentiary Science
  • 2007
  • Antioch School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1983
  • Colorado College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1977
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Sample of Legal Cases

  • Stefan Mark v. Commissioner of Public Safety
  • Breath Test Suppressed - DL Revocation Rescinded


  • Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Minnesota Society for Criminal Justice
  • Member
  • 1992 - Present
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Criminal Law Section
  • Member
  • 1985 - 2015
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • 5.0 out of 5.0
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • AV Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Martindale-Hubble AV Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
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  • Lawyers Weekly
  • Growing Practice Area for Drunk Driving Lawyers (Ahern quoted here and at other times in Lawyers Weekly)
  • 1999

Speaking Engagements

  • Annual DWI Seminar
  • Chairman
  • 2017
  • MSCJ Annual DWI Seminar
  • Chairman of the Largest DWI Defense Seminar in Minnesota
  • 2015
  • MSCJ Annual DWI Seminar
  • Chairman of the Largest DWI Defense Seminar in Minnesota
  • 2014
  • Criminal Justice Institute
  • Unusual Local Procedures and Rules
  • 2013
  • 2013 MSCJ DWI Seminar
  • Chairman of Largest DWI Seminar in Minnesota
  • 2013
  • 2012 MSCJ DWI Defense Seminar
  • Chairman of Largest DWI Defense Seminar in Minnesota
  • 2012
  • 2011 MSCJ Defense Seminar
  • Chairman of Largest DWI Defense Seminar in MN
  • 2011
  • Minnesota Society for Criminal Justice Annual DWI Seminar
  • DWI Defense
  • 2008
  • Minnesota Bar Association - Criminal Justice Institute
  • Special, Unusual Local Rules of Criminal Procedure throughout State
  • 2007
  • Lorman DWI Defense Seminar
  • DWI Defense - On this occasion and in previous seminar year
  • 2005
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Attorney endorsements

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Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Paul for than twenty years. Paul works beyond and above for his clients. He has deep knowledge of the justice system. He is extremely competent and pleasant to work with. Paul is a dedicated lawyer who cares for his clients. I would recommend him to family and friends."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Smart attorney."
Criminal defense