Bruce Rivers

Minneapolis Criminal Defense Lawyer

Serving Minneapolis, Minnesota

"I thought I was OK to drive."






Rivers Law Firm, P.A.

Are you looking for an experienced Lawyer in Minneapolis, Minnesota? If you, or a loved one, have been charged with a crime, we may be able to help.

Rivers Law Firm, P.A., handles all criminal cases including, but not limited to, Homicide, Violent Crimes, Federal Crimes, White Collar Crimes, DWI & Drug Offenses (see list).

Attorney, Bruce Rivers, provides legal representation in the Twin Cities, the seven-county metro area and throughout Minnesota.

We are effective and aggressive and will work to help you get results that you need, from minor to major charges, at affordable rates.

If you have been charged with a crime, call our office now for a free case review 612-339-3939.

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If you have a legal question, concern, or would like to schedule a consultation simply fill out the form below.

If this is an urgent matter please call 612-339-3939.


You want a lawyer who has walked this walk a thousand times. Bruce Rivers can do better than that: He has handled over 2,000 criminal cases since founding Rivers Law Firm, P.A., of Minneapolis in 1998. Criminal defense accounts for the lion’s share of his work. (He also conducts civil litigation and personal injury work.)


Bruce Rivers will work anywhere in Minnesota when an outstate client needs his credentials and skills. He represents clients from plea negotiations through trial at both the state and federal levels, including cases that allege:

– Violent crime, including homicide and serious assaults
– White collar crime related to fraud
– Sex-related charges from online child pornography to failure to register
– Drug possession, sale, manufacturing or trafficking
– Property crime, including arson, robbery and criminal trespass
– Serious traffic offenses like felony DWI

In all cases, he first considers the potential for dismissal of charges and acquittal by trial. Bruce Rivers has achieved acquittals on charges ranging from drunk driving to murder in the first, second and third degrees.

– The courts know him and respect him for his straightforward, energetic and assertive approach.
– Other law firms are comfortable referring tough cases to him.
– Often he represents other lawyers accused of criminal behavior.
– He is sought out throughout the Twin Cities metro and has handled cases across outstate Minnesota.

Do you need a DWI Lawyer?

Every state has some sort of “driving while intoxicated” statute. The term “driving while intoxicated” is in quotes because none of these laws require that you be “drunk” or “intoxicated” to be guilty. All that is required is that your ability to operate a vehicle has been impaired to any extent at all or that your Blood alcohol level exceeds the state limit (which is now .08% in all states).

a DWI Lawyer can help. . . .

Assess your legal situation

An experienced DWI Defense lawyer can help you understand what you are up against and the fines you may be required to pay. A DWI lawyer mostly deals with DWI matters and knows the process inside and out – including options that a public defender may not tell you.

Explain the Consequences

The consequences of a DWI vary greatly from state to state and a DWI lawyer will be able to explain how those consequences in your state apply to you such as (1) harsher punishments for those arrested with BAC limits over .08, (2) special laws for underage drivers arrested for DWI , (3) possible community service or plea bargaining, (4) overlapping jurisdiction of Courts and your state’s motor vehicle licensing department to suspend or revoke your license, and (5) contingent license programs that allow you to use your vehicle to get to and from work.

Manage the process

Dealing with the motor vehicle department can be frustrating and time consuming. A DWI Lawyer can manage the process for you by completing the required forms; making phone calls; scheduling and/or representing you at a Motor Vehicle Department suspension hearing, and making other necessary arrangements.

Represent you in court

An experienced DWI Lawyer knows the ins and outs of the courtroom and may be able to obtain a lesser sentence for you if your situation and state law allows for it.

Don't Know if a DWI Lawyer is right for you? Here are some General Guidelines:


Definitely hire a DWI Lawyer if you already have several DWI and receive another; or if your DWI arrest was the result of an accident or if anyone was injured; or if you are a professional driver whose livelihood depends on keeping your license.


Seriously consider hiring a DWI Lawyer if you’ve been arrested for a second DWI (in the same or another state) or were arrested with a BAC limit over double the legal limit as harsher penalties may apply.


You might want to hire a DWI Lawyer in Minneapolis if you don’t understand your rights or DWI laws, what you need to do, or the consequences you face. You also might want legal representation if you are in a profession (or plan to be) that requires bonding or in which any criminal conviction might prevent you from getting or keeping a professional license. If you don’t know the requirements, then you need expert advice before handling the case yourself.

Bruce Rivers

Minneapolis Criminal Defense Lawyer

Area of Practice

– Criminal Defense
– DWI, Drug Offenses
– Federal Crimes
– Homicide
– Property Crimes
– Sex Crimes
– Violent Crimes
– White Collar Crimes

Daniel Cragg

Extremely dedicated criminal defense attorney

Bruce is an extremely dedicated criminal defense and personal injury attorney who genuinely cares about his clients and has achieved amazing results for them. I have personally witnessed Bruce at trial and can attest that he is one of the best trial lawyers in Minnesota.


JD Guyton

Recommended for Criminal Defense

I recommend Mr. Rivers to everyone who’s in need of a criminal defense attorney. Mr. Rivers did a great job representing me, I was very impressed with his concern of proving my innocent and the great job he did on the closing. I was found not guilty. . .he’s down to earth and a genuinely caring person. …Thank u for your hard work Mr. Rivers.


Brand ing

We ended up getting an acquittal on all charges!

Bruce Rivers took on my case during the most stressful time in my life & fought for my innocence in court. We ended up getting an acquittal on all charges. I couldn’t have made it through without Bruce and his team. I would recommend Bruce Rivers to any who is going through a legal difficulty.


Talk to a Minneapolis Criminal Defense Lawyer today!

Contact Quinn Legal Associates, Inc. at 612-339-3939 or via email with the form above.

How Can We Help You?

At Rivers Law Firm, P.A. we are committed to protecting your freedom, your record and your rights. Attorney Bruce Rivers has vast legal experience in the fields of criminal law, personal injury and family law matters. If you are in need of serious legal representation you need an experienced attorney to help you get through this difficult time in you life. Bruce Rivers works hard to get his clients the best possible outcome for their situation. This is true no matter what the case may be.

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