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

Practice Areas


Violent Crimes

Juvenile Crimes

Drug Crimes

Appeals &
Post-Conviction Relief

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

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… ”
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Schedule A Free Consultation

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 I. Bass | Criminal Defense: General Practice | Minneapolis | 2017