Minnesota Juvenile Defense Attorneys

No matter what situation has brought you to our doors, we know this isn’t the life you wanted for your child. Now comes the difficult decision of choosing the right attorney who will represent your child’s best interests. 

If you choose to hire us, here’s what we can promise you: We will never ask you to take the easy way out or settle for less than your child deserves. We’re the attorneys who fight for complete acquittal of charges — not plea deals. Because we believe every child deserves a future that isn’t defined by the mistakes of their past.

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Meet the attorneys

Jeff Sheridan and Randall Kins

Yes, we have the experience and expertise you need in an attorney — but more importantly, we have a unique approach:

We don’t plead clients guilty at the first opportunity.

We always focus on your child's best interests.

We stop at nothing to give your child the best fight possible.

We’re parents ourselves. That’s how we know you’d do anything to protect your child — so would we.

That’s why you have to choose the attorney who will fight for your child the same way you would: with everything they've got.

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your advocate and guide

Why hire a juvenile defense lawyer?

Simply put, your juvenile defense lawyer is your child’s advocate. In a notoriously complex legal system, you need a guide who can help you make sense of it all and navigate this situation, so your child can have the future you wanted for them.

We’re here to listen to you, help you understand our state’s complex juvenile justice system, handle the police and prosecutors, and be the advocate your family needs right now.

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We're here to help

No matter the charges, we're on your side

Our firm handles all levels of criminal charges, from misdemeanors to felonies,  including:

  • Assault or violent offenses
  • Burglary
  • Drug possession and/or sales
  • Disorderly conduct
  • Internet offenses like fraud and identity theft
  • Juvenile criminal sexual conduct
  • Probation violation
  • Shoplifting/burglary
  • Sexual assault offenses
  • Unauthorized use of a vehicle
  • Underage DWI / DUI
  • Underage drinking/drug use
  • Vandalism

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Juvenile vs. adult criminal proceedings

What are the main differences between juvenile and adult criminal proceedings?

Different courts: Every state has special courts that are devoted only to juvenile cases. In Minnesota, special court procedures have been created for juveniles, separate from the adult criminal process. Most of these cases are not open to the public, except for felonies committed by juveniles over the age of 16.

Different charges: Juvenile offenders are accused of committing a "delinquent act", not a crime. If the charge is proven in court, the court will make a finding of "delinquency".

Different rights: Adults have a right to trial by jury, but juveniles don't.

It's important to note, however, that children who are ages 14 to 17 in Minnesota can be tried as adults if the prosecutor files a motion for adult certification. This can only happen if certain criteria are met. However, if the child is certified as an adult, then the case will be transferred to adult criminal court.

Another possibility is the extended jurisdiction juvenile designation. This means that your child is given an adult sentence and a juvenile disposition. If they violate the terms of the disposition, they will receive the adult sentence. It's the "one last chance" of the juvenile court system.


Reviews For Sheridan, Dulas, Hunstad & Kins, P.A.

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One year ago today, l stepped over a line l thought l would never cross again. It would have been a much, much worse experience without the help, expertise, and guidance provided by Jeff Sheridan and the team at Sheridan & Dulas. Where there was hopelessness, Jeff provided hope. Where there was embarrassment and guilt, Jeff was nonjudgmental and without bias. Where there was fear of the unknown, Jeff provided a calming presence. Where there was a lack of know-how and knowledge on my part, Jeff provided the requisite skill and expertise to navigate the complexities of our legal and judicial system. Where there was great stress and feelings of foreboding, he helped to alleviate that strain. Jeff gave me back a normal life.


Immediately after I was involved in a DWI incident I contacted Mr. Kins. During a free consultation, he actively listened to my story and made me feel comfortable. I hired him immediately and he continued to be a great resource and trusted attorney. Throughout my complicated two-year case, he maintained professionalism and always had my best interest in mind. The result of my court case turned out better than I could have expected, and I would recommend him to anyone that needs a competent and trusted attorney.


Randall was extremely helpful regarding my DUI case. I had no idea how to precede or what to expect as this was my first offense. He gave great advice regarding my case and he never rushed anything and kept me updated along the way throughout the long process. He was able to negotiate to get my license back while we waited for the final ruling which was very helpful. I had a great outcome on my case and would recommend him to anyone looking for an attorney.

Don't settle for less than the best

What happens if I choose an unqualified attorney?

When your child is charged with a crime, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain. That's why we recommend fighting these accusations with everything you've got. The best assurance for your child's future is a clean record.

You need an attorney who has the ability to devote time and resources to your child's case. An experienced attorney can always find ways to lower your child's charges or even have them outright dismissed. The dedication to leave no stone unturned — that’s what a great lawyer can do for you.

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