A Guide to Local Legal resources
Dear Anoka County neighbors,
Sometimes, a person or family needs help to work
through a legal problem. As county attorney, I want
to offer this list of local resources to assist you
in addressing your legal issues.
Anoka County Attorney
seeking Legal help Personal issues
There are two types of legal cases, criminal and ChiLD suPPort enforCement informAtion:
civil. A criminal case involves legal action taken by For questions on a child support order that was
a government against an individual for breaking its granted in Anoka County, call (763) 422-7320.
laws. This can include a city, county, state, or federal
Commitments: To begin a commitment proceeding for
government. Civil cases involve individuals bringing
mental illness or inebriety, contact Anoka County
legal action against other individuals, a company,
Adult Services, (763) 422-7070.
or a government.
Attorneys listed on www.mnfindalawyer.com handle
To modify an order for custody or visitation for
a variety of cases. You also can consult the yellow
a divorce granted in Anoka County, contact the
pages under “attorneys.”
Domestic Relations Unit, (763) 323-5830.
PubLiC DefenDer: If you have been charged with
a crime in Anoka County, at the time of your first
For concerns regarding harassment or discrimination,
appearance, you will have the opportunity to apply for
call (651) 296-5663, or write to the Department of Human
a public defender, based on your ability to pay. Contact
Rights, c/o The Army Corp of Engineers,
the Public Defender’s Office at (763) 422-3350.
190 E 5th St., Suite 700, St. Paul, MN 55101.
JuDiCAre: If you are an Anoka County resident and
fAmiLy vioLenCe: Victims of domestic abuse can
cannot afford an attorney, you may qualify for services
call a crisis hotline operated by Alexandra House,
for civil matters at Judicare, 1201 89th Ave., NE, Suite
#310, Blaine, MN 55434. Phone: (763) 783-4970.
hArAssment restrAininG orDer:
fee ArbitrAtion boArD: To file a complaint
For criteria and information on how to file a
against an attorney for excessive fees, contact
restraining order, call Anoka County Family Court,
• Anoka County, Susan Sheely, (763) 783-5171, (763) 422-7389.
or Dave Brodie, (763) 767-6495
• Hennepin County, (612) 752-6662 meDiAtion: For mediation services for assistance
• Ramsey County, (651) 223-8344 in settling neighborhood, commercial, family or
public issue disputes, call Mediation Services
JuDiCiAL DistriCt ADministrAtor: for Anoka County, (763) 422-8878.
For complaints or concerns about the way a judge
or magistrate presided over a court hearing or trial, orDer for ProteCtion: Victims of domestic
contact the 10th Judicial District administrator, abuse can apply for an Order for Protection
(763) 422-7350. without an attorney through the Anoka County
Family Court, contact (763) 422-7389. For additional
LAWyers ProfessionAL resPonsibiLity support, contact the crisis hotline at Alexandra
boArD: To make a complaint regarding an House, at (763) 780-2330.
attorney’s misconduct or ethics, call the Lawyers
Professional Board of Responsibility, call uniteD WAy 2-1-1: For a 24-hour information and
1-800-657-3601 or (651) 296-3952. referral service for health, recreation, education, and
social services in or out of Anoka County, call 211.
Attorney GenerAL’s offiCe, Consumer DePArtment of PubLiC sAfety: For motor vehicle
ProteCtion serviCes: To file a complaint against and drivers license information, contact Driver and
a business or inquire about consumer laws and Vehicle Services, (651) 296-6911, located at 445
protection, contact the Attorney General’s Office, Minnesota St., St. Paul, MN 55101.
(651) 296-3353 or 1-800-657-3787, or write to 1400
Division of LAbor stAnDArDs: To obtain
Bremer Tower, 445 Minnesota St., St. Paul, MN 55101.
information or to file a complaint regarding
better business bureAu: The bureau keeps working conditions, minimum wage, child labor
records on businesses that have received inquiries laws, worker’s compensation, or labor standards,
and complaints. For information about a business contact (651) 284-5005, or write to the Division
you may be unfamiliar with or to lodge a complaint of Labor Standards, Labor and Industry Building,
against a business, call (651) 699-1111 or write 2706 443 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN 55115.
Gannon Road, St. Paul, MN 55116.
feLony DWi: Anoka County Attorney’s Office,
Bryan Lindberg, (763) 323-5643
miscellaneous issues GAme AnD fish misDemeAnors (Dnr):
Anoka County Attorney’s Office, Debra Hilstrom
ConCiLiAtion Court: Citizens can bring their (763) 323-5956
claims against people or businesses before a judge
without complicated procedures, high court costs or minnesotA muLti-housinG AssoCiAtion:
attorney’s fees. Claims for monetary damages, losses For information on landlord/tenant rules and
or debts up to $7,500 may be heard in conciliation regulations, call (952) 854-8500.
court. Disputes involving real estate titles, marriage, viCtim’s riGhts
divorce, or the custody of children are not heard victims and witnesses have the right to:
in conciliation court. Claims may be filed in person
at the Anoka County Courthouse, 325 E. Main St., • Support and accurate information
Anoka or by calling the deputy of conciliation court, • Be free from intimidation
(763) 422-7376 or (763) 323-6008, and requesting the • Be informed about reimbursement
necessary forms. The forms must be notarized prior for financial losses
to returning to the deputy with filing fees. • Be notified of plea negotiations
• Be notified of changes in court scheduling
fiLinG fee: The court’s jurisdiction is usually • Demand a speedy trial
limited to the Anoka County. The deputy of • A separate court waiting area
conciliation court will notify the involved • Be present at sentencing and have the
parties of the date and time of the hearing. opportunity to make a victim impact statement
At the hearing, complainants should explain to • Request notification of the offender’s release
the court, in a concise, logical manner, why the • Expect a minimum of time and inconvenience
defendant owes the amount declared. They also as a witness
should bring to court documents and/or witnesses
relating to the case. For information on filing reach the victim Witness services unit in the
fees, call (763) 422-7350. Anoka County Attorney’s office at (763) 323-5586.
The court decides whether any losses may be
recovered. At times, people may still refuse to
pay. In some cases, if the person has no money
or assets, collection may never be made.
City Attorney Directory
LeAGue of minnesotA Cities: If you have general questions regarding city powers, such as zoning,
ordinances, city council authority, you can contact the League of Minnesota Cities, (651) 281-1200.
For questions concerning prosecution of misdemeanors, city ordinance violations, or matters
involving municipal government, contact the city attorney. Some cities require you to contact
the city clerk first.
Following is a directory of city attorneys in Anoka County. CV denotes civil matters.
CR denotes criminal matters.
AnDover CoLumbiA heiGhts hiLLtoP oAk Grove
scott baumgartner (Cv & Cr) James hoeft (Cr) Carl newquist (Cr & Cv) scott baumgartner (Cv)
(763) 427-8877 (763) 783-5122 sarah kimball (Cr & Cv) (763) 427-8877
AnokA scott Lepak (Cv) Greg herrick (Cr & Cv) bob vose (Cv)
michael scott (Cr) (763) 780-8500 (763) 571-6870 (612) 337-9275
(763) 421-4110 CoLumbus LexinGton rAmsey
scott baumgartner (Cv) James hoeft (Cr & Cv) kurt Glaswer (Cv & Cr) bill Goodrich (Cv)
(763) 427-8877 (763) 780-8500 (612) 333-6513 Joseph van thomme (Cr)
betheL Coon rAPiDs Lino LAkes (763) 421-5424
bill Goodrich (Cv) Douglas Johnson (Cr) Joe murphy (Cr) sPrinG LAke PArk
Joseph van thome (Cr) David brodie (Cr) Patrick sweeney (Cr) Jeffrey Carson (Cv)
(763) 421-5424 stoney hiljus (Cv) (651) 222-2541 David ross (Cr)
bLAine (763) 767-6495 Joseph Langel (Cv) Dawn speltz (Cr)
Patrick sweeny (Cr) eAst betheL (612) 225-6837 (763) 561-2800
Joe murphy (Cr) mark vierling (Cr & Cv) LinWooD st. frAnCis
(651) 222-2541 (651) 967-7344 Debra hilstrom (Cr & Cv) James hoeft (Cr)
CenterviLLe friDLey (763) 323-5956 scott Lepak (Cv)
kurt Glaser (Cv & Cr) Carl newquist (Cr) noWthen (763) 780-8500
(612) 333-6513 sarah kimball (Cr) bob ruppe (Cv)
CirCLe Pines Greg herrick (Cr) (763) 497-1930
Cv = Civil and Cr = Criminal
Joe murphy (Cr) (763) 571-6870 bill Goodrich (Cr) (August 2011)
Patrick sweeney (Cr) fritz knaack (Cv) (763) 421-5424
(651) 222-2541 (651) 490-9078
kim kozar (Cv) hAm LAke
(952) 941-9220 Wilbur Dorn (Cv & Cr)
An introduction to the Anoka County Attorney’s office
The Anoka County Attorney’s Office strives to protect the public and contribute to a well-governed
community by prosecuting criminals, protecting vulnerable children and adults, supporting victims,
and providing legal counsel for county business.
The county attorney is a county-wide elected official who oversees the office, which is organized into
several areas. The phone numbers listed are answered 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
• The Civil Division provides legal advice to the • The Protective Services Unit provides legal
Anoka County Board of Commissioners, county services to the Anoka County Community Social
officials and county departments. Services and Mental Health Department in the
Phone: (763) 323-5550 areas of civil commitment, adult protection, adult
and child foster care licensing, and family child
• The Criminal Division prosecutes adults and
certified juveniles charged with felony crimes
Phone: (763) 323-5654
and designated misdemeanor and gross
misdemeanor crimes. • The Victim Witness Services Unit provides
Phone: (763) 323-5586 supportive services to help victims and witnesses
of crimes, and assists them as they make their
• The Family Law Division provides legal services
way through the criminal justice system.
to the Anoka County Office of Child Support to
Phone: (763) 323-5586
establish paternity and child support obligations,
enforce obligations, review child support orders, • The Investigation Unit investigates white collar
and other tasks. crimes, financial exploitation of the elderly,
Phone: (763) 323-5550 welfare fraud, liability claims, and internal
• The Juvenile Division represents the state in
Phone: (763) 323-5586
matters involving children. They also protect
vulnerable children and seek court action to for more information on the
provide permanent, safe environments for Anoka County Attorney’s office:
children who are neglected or abused.
Phone: (763) 323-5586
Phone: (763) 323-5550
The Anoka County Attorney’s Office strives
to protect the public and contribute to a