Winona, Minnesota Criminal Defense Attorney

When you are charged with a crime, any crime, it is imperative that you are represented by a skilled criminal defense attorney. Whether you are faced with a felony, misdemeanor, or even petty misdemeanor offense, the outcome of your case depends on the skills and experience of your lawyer. Knuesel Law Firm provides aggressive legal representation to clients throughout Southeastern Minnesota. Attorney Kurt J. Knuesel has extensive experience as a criminal defense attorney in Winona, MN.


Attorney Knuesel has represented thousands of clients who have been accused by the government of committing crimes. Whether you are charged with DWI/DUI, Assault, Drug Crimes, or anything in between, you need the help of an experienced lawyer to assist you in protecting your rights and your future. Knuesel Law Firm is committed to providing our clients with the best in legal representation, at a price that is reasonable, and achieving the most favorable outcome possible. This commitment makes Knuesel Law Firm the Right Choice for Proven Results.

Criminal Defense Attorney Kurt J. Knuesel

Kurt J. Knuesel is a Winona native. After graduating from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1999, Kurt returned to the area and has been practicing law in Winona County and the surrounding counties ever since. Kurt’s practice is focused in the area of criminal defense. Kurt has extensive experience in defending thousands of clients who have been accused of all levels of criminal conduct. Kurt is an experienced trial attorney who has enjoyed great success in several high profile cases. Kurt has also successfully argued cases to the Minnesota Court of Appeals and the Minnesota Supreme Court.

The Right Choice For Proven Results

Not Guilty:

County: Winona

Orignal Charge: First Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct

Final Disposition: Not Guilty Verdict

Client charged with Criminal Sexual Conduct in the 1st Degree. If convicted, client faced a presumptive sentence of 144 months in prison and the considerable likelihood of indefinite civil commitment. During the lengthy jury trial, the State called several lay witnesses as well as a highly paid expert witness who testified against client. Attorney Knuesel was able to discredit the State’s witnesses and convince the jury that the alleged victim was not credible. The jury ultimately returned a Not Guilty verdict.

Charges Dismissed/Driver’s License Reinstated:

County: Winona

Orignal Charge: Fourth Degree DWI

Final Disposition: Charges Dismissed/Driver's License Reinstated

Client was charged with DWI and her license was revoked for 90 days following an arrest for DWI. Attorney Knuesel challenged the validity of the stop of client’s vehicle. Officer stopped the vehicle due to his observations of client looking at her cell phone as she executed a turn. After a contested hearing, the Court dismissed the charges against client and reinstated her driver’s license.

Charges Dismissed:

County: Wabasha

Orignal Charge: Felony Possession of Controlled Substance

Final Disposition: Charges Dismissed

Client was charged with Felony Possession of Controlled Substance, Possession of a Hypodermic Needle, and Failure to Signal after a traffic stop. Attorney Knuesel filed a motion to dismiss based on the fact that the officer did not have a reasonable reason to stop client. Officer testified that he stopped client’s vehicle for failing to signal a turn while exiting a convenience store parking lot on to a public street. Attorney Knuesel argued that a driver is not required to signal while turning out of a private parking lot, citing a Minnesota Court of Appeals case to that effect. The Court dismissed all charges against client.



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clayton deobald
clayton deobald
02:06 07 May 21
I was fortunate enough to hire Kurt to help me out when i was faced with a criminal charge that i knew i needed... professional help. If your in need of someone that has the experience and knowledge to get you out of a tough situation, Kurt is the guy you should hire. Thanks again Kurtread more
Suzanne Roberts
Suzanne Roberts
00:33 29 Oct 20
Kurt was dedicated to our case and his attention to details was top notch. He was very professional and presented our... case with confidence. We couldn't have asked for a better more
David Nance
David Nance
22:51 23 Jul 20
Kurt Knuesel is a consummate legal professional with an unparalleled work ethic, integrity, expertise, and an... outstanding working relationship with the prosecutors in Winona County. He navigated a potentially reputation-damaging situation in my life and tactfully exonerated me of all charges. He is the REAL DEAL for sure. I cannot give him a more raving endorsement!read more
Jay Low
Jay Low
21:29 15 Jul 20
In one of the most stressful times of my life, I was so fortunate to to be connected with Kurt. I could not have asked... for better, more thorough representation from start to finish. Resolution of my issue required multiple appearances in the courtroom and at each one, he always managed to achieve for me a better result than I could have imagined. I will always be thankful for the sense of calm he instilled in me, when the situation was anything but. I can't thank him enough for all he has done for me, or recommend his service highly more
Emily Ulrich
Emily Ulrich
14:09 30 Jun 20
Kurt represented my father in a pressing family matter, which affected my father’s well being and safety. He acted... swiftly, professionally, but most important to me, with empathy and understanding of the situation. Within (less than) 2 days, we had a positive resolution. Kurt is extremely knowledgeable and excellent at what he does. Kurt Knuesel went to bat for my dad and my family, and for that, I will always be grateful. 10/10, highly more
Paula Picciano
Paula Picciano
15:39 23 Nov 19
Kurt Knuesel represented my son in a criminal defense case and I would highly recommend him for your legal needs. His... professionalism, knowledge, experience, and counsel were extremely helpful in navigating a complex process. We will forever be grateful for his defense expertise and the positive end results that were beyond our more
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