General Criminal Defense
Aggravated Robbery /
cocaine, analogs, and
others, at state and
DUIs / DWIs
White Collar Crime
Mail and Wire Fraud
Theft / Embezzlement
Appeals / Post
State and Federal Offenses
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Before he graduated from law school, Mr. Hawkins knew he wanted to represent people, be in the courtroom, and try cases. His focus in law school was criminal law and, after a brief stint with a Wisconsin general practice law firm, where he clerked for a criminal defense lawyer, he began clerking at the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office where he was able to try criminal cases under the supervision of the managing lawyer.
After graduating from law school, in 1980, Mr. Hawkins started working at the Law Office of Douglas W. Thomson. For seven years, Mr. Hawkins was mentored by Mr. Thomson. By example, Mr. Thomson taught Mr. Hawkins integrity in the courtroom, professionalism towards the prosecution, frankness and forthrightness with the judiciary, the art of cross examination, and the impact a final argument can have on a jury. Mr. Hawkins quickly learned that a successful defense of a client is only limited by the lawyer’s imagination, his understanding of the client, and his ability to apply the law to the facts of the case.
Mr. Hawkins started practing criminal defense in 1980 and started his own practice in 1987. Since that time, his focus has been limited to the representation of individuals and corporations, or their employees, being investigated or accused of a crime. Mr. Hawkins has represented over 2000 clients and has tried over 200 state and federal jury trials.
Mr. Hawkins sees his role in the criminal justice system as an important one. Mr. Hawkins understands the only barrier to the onslaught of organized government against a citizen accused of a crime is their lawyer. “I try in every case, whether a murder or a DWI, to get my client acquitted of the charges within the bounds of ethics and the law.”