Drug Crimes
Domestic Assault
Damage to Property

Obstruction of Legal Process
Financial Card Transaction Fraud
Medicare Fraud
White Collar Crime
Traffic Offenses
Driving After Suspension or Cancellation

Weapons Offenses
Felon in Possession
Violation of an Order for Protection or No Contact Order
Postconviction Relief

At F. Clayton Tyler, P.A., our attorneys represent individuals in all kinds of criminal cases, in all stages of proceedings, including:

Pre-Charging Representation

There may be things we can do to help you prior to a charging decision by the prosecuting attorney. If you were arrested and the police have offered to let you “work off” the charge by cooperating, you should talk to an attorney. We can help you decide what you want to do, and be your advocate throughout the process, whatever you decide.


If you have been charged, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney. Even if you don’t believe you have a defense, we will conduct a thorough analysis of your case and may find one. And if you really don’t have a very good defense, we will aggressively advocate for you.

Plea Withdrawal

If you have already pled guilty, but are having second thoughts, you need to contact an attorney right away. You may be able to withdraw your plea, but you have the best chance of succeeding if the motion is made before you are sentenced.


Unless you have waived it, you have the right to appeal your conviction and/or sentence. However, you right to appeal comes with strict time limits, ranging from 10 days in state misdemeanor cases to 14 days in federal cases, and 60 days in state felony or gross misdemeanor cases. If you are interested in appealing your case, you need to talk to an attorney right away.

Postconviction Relief

A person who was convicted but is no longer able to pursue direct appeal may be able to obtain postconviction relief by petitioning the district court. A petition for postconviction relief generally must be filed within two years, so if you believe you have grounds for relief, you should talk to an attorney as soon as possible.


Under certain circumstances, such as if your case has been resolved in your favor, you may be entitled to have your records expunged, which means they would be sealed from public view. Under other circumstances, you may be able to get discretionary relief from the court. Depending on your circumstances, expungement may help you when applying for jobs or housing, or anytime a criminal record check may be run.

Our defense attorneys regularly appear in both state and federal courts around the Twin Cities, including Minneapolis, Edina, Minnetonka, and Brooklyn Center (Hennepin County); St. Paul and Maplewood (Ramsey County); Anoka (Anoka County); Stillwater (Washington County); Shakopee (Scott County); Chaska (Carver County); Hastings, West St. Paul, and Apple Valley (Dakota County).

We also defend felony cases, and handle appeals, expungement and petitions for post-conviction relief across the state, and have handled cases in many Minnesota counties, including Sherburne County (Elk River), Wright County (Buffalo), Chisago County (Center City), Isanti County (Cambridge), Rice County (Faribault), Goodhue County (Red Wing), Stearns County (St. Cloud), Blue Earth County (Mankato), Olmsted County (Rochester), and St. Louis County (Duluth).

If you are facing a criminal charge, you need professional, personal representation. Our team of attorneys will offer you Straight Talk and Honest Answers about your case.