Rice Law Office, P.A.
Criminal Defense

Jack Rice - Criminal Defense Trial Lawyer

Jack Rice is a criminal defense lawyer who provides legal advice to those charged with crimes in Federal and Minnesota State courtrooms.

Internationally, Nationally and Regionally Recognized


Aggressive, Experienced, Effective.

I'm Jack Rice and I am a tenacious and dedicated criminal defense lawyer with more than two decades of experience. I have successfully represented thousands of people across Minnesota who were charged with everything from simple traffic cases to DWIs, to assault and drug charges, to rape and murder. As a former prosecuting lawyer, I stood on the other side of the aisle and put people in jail and prison. As a result, I know how they do it. As a former Central Intelligence Agency Officer, I bring my unique background to each and every case. It is this combination of background and experience that makes all the difference in the world.

Decades of Experience -
Represented Thousands of Clients-
Former Prosecutor -
Former U.S. Federal Agent.

While these characteristics are important when representing clients, I believe my most critical skill as a trial lawyer is knowing how to tell a compelling and believable story. In fact, standing in front of twelve jurors in a courtroom, crafting a precise lens for them to see through my client's point of view, is often the difference that puts cases in our favor. This skill is far rarer than one might think. It was John Quincy Adams who said, "Whoever tells the best story wins."  And it's true!

I am also the co-founder of Trial Skills International. We teach rule of law and trial advocacy skills around the world. We have taught lawyers in the Republic of Georgia, Russia, Uganda and here in the United States.

Finally and simply, I am not intimidated by the government, by prosecutors, by cops, or by judges. Because they claim something doesn't make it true. I am not intimidated walking into a courtroom, standing up for my clients, or establishing their case with full force. In fact, I relish the opportunity. Knowing that I stand beside them in a courtroom gives my clients confidence, they know they are not alone and we are both there for justice.

If you or a loved one are facing charges, know these accusations do not define who you are now, but will absolutely define who you will be for the rest of your life.  I fundamentally believe that the presumption of innocence means everything.


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Office (651) 447-7650
Cell (612) 227-1339


370 Selby Avenue, Suite 207
St. Paul, MN 55102



Monday - Friday
9AM - 5PM

Practice Areas


Violent crimes include everything from misdemeanor 5th degree assault, terroristic threats, assault with weapons, to murder. Many of these charges have mandatory prison sentences. 

Probation Violation & Revocation

Probation violations frequently have consequences substantially worse than the original sentence on the underlying charges. As a result, aggressively addressing the violations is critical.


Domestic assault charges include misdemeanor through felony, domestic assault, stalking, terroristic threats and more. Violation of no contact orders and orders for protection in domestic cases can exacerbate initial charges and increase potential penalties. 


Crimes involving sexual assault, rape and child pornography are often the most difficult cases to handle. In Minnesota, Criminal Sexual Conduct (CSC) consequences can be as severe as any murder case.

Property Crimes

Property crimes can range from simple misdemeanor trespassing to felony burglary and felony criminal damage to property and theft. Even arson and bribery could fall under this heading. Worse, the consequences for a conviction can be severe. Theft crimes apply to questions of honesty and can also have a devastating impact on the ability to get or keep a job. Aggressively defending against such charges is critical.


Carrying a criminal conviction throughout life can stop you in your tracks. Convictions can impact jobs, housing, loans, hope. Expungement provides the chance to start anew.


One in seven Minnesotans have been convicted of DWIs.  This is one of the most aggressively prosecuted charges people face. Ramifications of convictions extend far beyond possible jail time. While the impact for these can be very real on their own, it is when there are injuries or fatalities that these can become extremely serious to include criminal vehicular operation to homicide.


Drug charges range from simple possession of marijuana through felony distribution. These kinds of charges may also cross over into DWI territory. Some convictions, even of first offenders, could land people in a prison cell.  

Juvenile Crimes

Juvenile crimes frequently seem inconsequential and most think they will be wiped away when they are an adult. Let’s be clear, some juvenile convictions will follow you forever. 


Highly recommend Jack Rice to anyone that is in need of legal representation! Thanks again Sir!
— Anonymous Testimonial