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Criminal Defense

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Aggressive and Efficient Criminal Defense In West Fargo & Bismarck; Protecting Your Rights In North Dakota

The attorneys at Schwab, Thompson, & Frisk have tremendous experience in and outside the courtroom, fighting for your rights against criminal accusations of all kinds. We are here and ready to serve and protect you when you find yourself in need of quality and effective representation. 

We handle all types of criminal defense and will zealously protect you against unfair accusations and outlandish punishments. We excel in communication and we tailor your defense to your personal story. One size does not fit all.

If you, or someone that you know, is in need of an honest and solid defense in criminal court, we are here for you. If you desire the best negotiators and the strongest allies available in North Dakota, we are here for you.

Protection From Criminal Accusations

Our team has the experience, talent, and resources to support you during and beyond any criminal proceedings, including:


You can be charged with assault if someone accuses you of hurting them on purpose or through negligence. Charges range from domestic abuse, simple assault, aggravated assault, battery, and reckless endangerment, for example, and consequences range from felonies to misdemeanors all depending on your perceived intentions and the aftermath of whatever happened.

Drug Crimes

Possessing, selling, manufacturing, or even trafficking drugs are illegal and charges like these are taken very seriously in West Fargo & Bismarck. Many drug charges accompany other, sometimes more serious, charges that need to be addressed by a practiced attorney. The consequences usually don’t fit the crimes in these cases. 


An accusation of theft means that someone believes that you have taken something from them with no intention of giving the item back. Most theft charges are broken up into categories of larceny and robbery. The only difference between them is that robbery uses physical force in order to steal.  Prosecutors must prove that you never intended of returning the stolen property.  


The difference between murder and manslaughter is intention. A murder is planned or is an outcome of committing another crime. The punishments for murder are much stiffer than the consequences for manslaughter because the courts must prove that you intended to end someone’s life or that you were negligent when committing a crime and someone lost their life. 

Sex Crimes

Lack of consent, child molestation, rape, and the use of violence during an act of sex are all examples of sex crimes. Sex crimes carry much more than legal repercussions. Your professional and personal lives will take a dramatic hit as well. It is essential that you find a lawyer immediately to combat these serious charges.

We can also defend you when it comes to white-collar crimes, kidnapping, juvenile crimes, and probation violations, amongst many others.

Prosecuting And Defending Criminal Accusations

In order for you to be found guilty, a prosecutor must prove that you were the person who committed the crime and that you knew that you that what you were doing was illegal. They must prove each claim that they make beyond any reasonable doubt and you will have the opportunity to defend yourself against each and every accusation.

Our job is to get to know you while discussing your case so that we can defend you as a person, not as a case number. We will investigate all accusations on our own, with our own people, from the perspective of proving you innocent, not in finding you guilty. We can then work with the prosecutors on a plea deal or work with judges to dismiss charges or go to trial. The direction we go is up to you.

Our team at Schwab, Thompson, & Frisk is prepared to fight for you. Our fees are straightforward and our experience is vast. We have law offices in both West Fargo & Bismarck and you can contact us anytime to begin brainstorming on your case.

North Dakota Lawyers Fights For Your Rights

Sometimes the unexpected does happen to you. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident we will be there for you every step of the way. We can help with the questions, the uncertainty, the financial burdens you face and we will fight to see that you are justly compensated for your losses.

Please call to schedule a free case evaluation. We represent individuals and families who have been injured in:

  • Car accidents
  • Truck Accidents
  • Oil field accidents
  • Negligence


    West Fargo Office

    820 34th Avenue East, Suite
    200 West Fargo, ND 58078

    Bismarck Office

    840 43rd Avenue NE, Suite 203 Bismarck, ND 58503