Fighting For Clients Since 1984

I provide aggressive and experienced defense against criminal charges ranging from petty misdemeanors to murder and serious federal offenses.

Protecting Your Constitutional Rights

If you have been accused of a crime – any crime – you may feel stressed, confused and overwhelmed by the criminal justice system. You need an attorney who will listen to you, work directly with you, explain your options to you, protect your constitutional rights, and vigorously fight for you in and out of court.

I am Howard Bass, a criminal defense attorney with more than 30 years of experience. To the greatest extent possible, I ask my clients to leave with me whatever concerns, anxieties and worries they have about their situation and let me deal with it while they deal with the rest of their lives.

I will provide legal guidance and clear communication at every stage of your case — whether you are under investigation, have been charged with a crime, are headed to trial, are preparing an appeal or seeking post-conviction relief.

Prac Dui


Prac Violent

Violent Crimes

Prac Juvenile

Juvenile Crimes

Prac Drug

Drug Crimes

Prac Appeals

Appeals &
Post-Conviction Relief

Prac Civil
Civil Liberties
Prac Sex
Sex Crimes
Prac Probation
Probation Violations
Prac Forfeiture
Prac Theft
Theft, Fraud &
White-Collar Crimes
Prac Expungements
Prac Harassment
Order For Protection/
Harassment Restraining
Order Defense

Free Initial Consultation 952-466-6718

Representative Cases

Drunk Driving And Implied Consent License Revocation

In 2009, I represented a client in Stearns County charged with second-degree gross misdemeanor DUI and refusal to submit to testing. I convinced the judge to rescind my client’s license revocation on the grounds that the police violated his right to consult with an attorney before making a testing decision and that my client never actually refused to test.

Sex Crimes

In 2009, I represented a client in Hennepin County who was being investigated for third-degree felony criminal sexual conduct for having sex with an underage minor. I convinced an Assistant Hennepin County Attorney not to file any charges against my client.

Theft, Fraud And White Collar Crimes

In 2009, I represented a client under investigation by the Minneapolis Police Department for financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult. I convinced an Assistant Hennepin County Attorney not to file any charges against my client.

Domestic Violence, Assault, Homicide And Other Crimes

In 2009, I represented a client under investigation by the Eden Prairie Police Department for child endangerment. I convinced the detective not to seek any charges against my client.

Civil Liberties

In 2008, I coordinated the ACLU-MN “Pinstripe Brigade” of volunteer lawyers who represented protesters during the four days of the Republican National Convention in St. Paul.

Have Your Civil Rights Been Violated?

In addition to my criminal defense work, I am also a passionate defender of civil liberties. As a member of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Minnesota, I have extensive experience defending the rights of Minnesota citizens. I am prepared to assist with a full range of civil rights issues, including free speech, due process of law, separation of church and state, and improper search and seizure.

Highly Regarded
Among My Peers

I have received recognition for my work in a number of Minnesota publications. I have routinely been selected for inclusion on Minnesota’s Super Lawyers list, including a selection as a “Top 40 Criminal Defense Super Lawyer.” Minnesota Monthly has named me one of the “Best Criminal Defense Lawyers in Minnesota.” In addition, I have been chosen by my peers for inclusion in “The Best Lawyers in America.”


“Having criminal charges against me was an extremely scary time and I knew the outcome would dramatically affect the rest of my life. I knew I needed a lawyer who was reliable, smart and experienced in order to win my case. I found exactly what I needed in Howard Bass… ”
Howard Bass

Schedule A Free Consultation

With most legal issues, it is important to act promptly. I am ready to assist you. To schedule a free initial consultation contact me online or call my office at 952-466-6718.

I am conveniently located on County Road 42 in Burnsville, just two miles west of the junction of Interstate 35W and 35E. Evening and weekend appointments are available upon request.

Rated by Super Lawyers
Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year Howard Bass 2017