Giancola-Durkin PA

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Operating as usual 09/17/2020

When Can DUI Charges Result In A Felony?

The circumstances of an arrest can result in an upgrade from a misdemeanor. Many factors come into play when it comes to determining charges. 05/28/2020

Can Breath Tests Check For More Than Alcohol?

Researchers are developing technology that could quickly detect other substances. Testing blood can take time.


Staying safe and socially appropriate distancing. 03/16/2020

Minnesota Touts Increased Drug Seizures

Police seize more than 1,700 pounds of m**h. Those facing charges face stiff consequences. 01/13/2020

Minnesota's Pot Possession Penalties

Compared to other states Minnesota has fairly strict laws around this substance. Could legislation changes reduce these severe penalties? 12/02/2019

A DWI Could Mean Being Barred From Canada

It seems ridiculous, but it's true. However, there are still ways to be granted entry. 11/21/2019

When Captaining The Ship, Lay Off The Suds

Minnesota state lakes are not as lawless as international waters. If convicted, fines and more severe penalties are likely. 09/30/2019

How Minnesota Is Fighting Illegal Drugs

Local and federal government agencies have begun to crackdown on the flow of illegal substances, which could lead to more drug possession charges. Small amounts of illegal substances can cause problems. 08/15/2019

Are Minnesota Rates Rising?

This report reviewed all of the reported crimes in Minnesota from 2018. What is happening most often? 05/21/2019

When Should A DWI Be Challenged?

There are more defenses than most Minnesota motorists realize - what are some options? What if a driver took a breath test? 05/08/2019

How Does a BWI Differ From a DWI?

It's time to get back on the lake. There are many factors at play. 02/11/2019

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Giancola Law Office PLLC receives 2018 American Excellence Award

February 11th 2019 - Giancola Law Office PLLC has been selected for the 2018 American Excellence Award amongst all its peers and competitors by the US Institute of Trade & Commerce (USITC).

Each year the USITC conducts business surveys and industry research to identify companies that have achieved demonstrable success in their local business environment and industry category. They are recognized as having enhanced the commitment and contribution of small businesses through service to their customers and community. Companies of this caliber enhance the consumer driven stature that USITC strives to recognize.

Giancola Law Office PLLC has consistently demonstrated a high regard for upholding business ethics and company values. This recognition by USITC marks a significant achievement as an emerging leader within various competitors and is setting benchmarks that the industry should follow.

As part of the industry research and business surveys, various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the selected companies in each category. This research is part of an exhaustive process that encapsulates a year long immersion in the business climate of its industry.


The USITC is a leading authority on researching, evaluating and recognizing companies across a wide spectrum of industries that meet its stringent standards of excellence. It has spearheaded the idea of independent enterprise and entrepreneurial growth allowing businesses of all sizes to be recognized locally and encouraged globally.

Particular emphasis is given to meeting and exceeding industry benchmarks for customer service, product quality and ethical practices. Industry leading standards and practices have been developed and implementation of the same has been pioneered by the dedicated efforts of the business community and commerce leadership.

More information on USITC can be found at Our Mission Statement is to promote and cultivate a set of responsible business standards and practices that can be emulated across industries and geographies alike to sustain an environment of trust and stewardship. It exhibits our core values of business ethics and positive leadership. We strive t... 02/07/2019

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On behalf of the US Institute of Trade & Commerce, I wanted to let you know that Giancola Law Office PLLC has been recognized for our Excellence Award.

Our panel of industry executives and consultants oversees an annual survey commissioned by the USITC on various categories and determines which companies meet and exceed the industry benchmarks that have been set forth. Further details on this selection can be viewed on our website including the press release that was produced for this occasion (which is not distributed till mutual review is complete).

To review the award and the accompanying press release please go to and enter the Reference digits JWRUOEL on the top right corner of the homepage. Or the link below will take you to the appropriate page directly.

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Email: [email protected] Today, small businesses and entrepreneurs are facing the challenges of an increasingly competitive local economy. While many businesses have taken on various initiatives to continue to grow, a select few have been able to benefit from the strategic value of business awards. 01/31/2019

The New Definition Of Domestic Violence

Although the definition may have changed at the federal level, it has not changed in Minnesota. Psychological abuse is less of an issue.


Criminal Vehicular Homicide case dismissed today. Happy Client, NO DOUBT.


Another Big Win today. Criminal Vehicular Homicide, DISMISSED.
Happy Happy Happy client. 11/30/2018

One Night Out Can Result In Multiple Headaches

In Minnesota, getting a DWI while underage can have severe consequences for your future. What "Not a Drop" means for you... 11/26/2018

Boat Parties Could End With a Seized Vessel

Boat owners could lose som**hing valuable if they are arrested on the water. Paradise becomes a prison sentence. 10/03/2018

The Research Behind False Confessions

Why would a person confess to wrongdoing that they did not commit? Learn more about situations that may result in innocent persons admitting to a crime.


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Giancola-Durkin, P.A. - recognized in "Best Law Firms In Minnesota" Giancola-Durkin, P.A. - recognized in "Best Law Firms In Minnesota" , U.S. News & World Report, November 2016


Another happy client gets to go home from the courthouse. Not Guilty on a Felon in Possession in Mille Lacs County. Jury did not believe the States case. DNA, witness who testified my client was shooting etc. Great victory for the young man, he gets to keep working.


ANOTHER happy client today. After battling like mad Rory Durkin, one of your Minnesota Defenders, got a 152.18 on a grow operation where guns were found. He argued that 609.11 did not apply and got a favorable result. His client went from a mandatory 36 month prison sentence to a stay of adjudication. Nice Job Durkin.


So lots of news coverage and several articles. Here is one from slate http://www.slate/articles/news and politics/supreme court dispatches/2016/04/scotus drunk driving case looks good for the drunk drivers.html


Trip to the US Supreme Court was instructive. You can read the transcipt of the hearing at the SCOTUS blogsite. There was also an article written by a young man from Slate. I met him in the line waiting to get into to argument along with 2 of his compatriots from Georgetown Law. Sharp young men. The article blasts the lawyers from both sides of the argument. What is interesting is he gets the crux of the argument while it appeared others in the room had difficulty with the notion that the fourth amendement applies as a shield for the proletariat against the powers of the King and his men. We had good feelings about the outcome after the hearing. MSCJ was there to support the cause.


Another good day for one of our clients. Criminal history off the charts and charged with Failing to Register, Promoting Prostitution and Receiving Profits from Prostitution, Looking a very long prison sentence if Blakely upheld etc., All charges dismissed. Another big win.


Another Client gets a Forfeited Vehicle returned. Happy Trails!!


Some of you may have seen it already but here goes, First Degree Controlled Substance case dismissed. We challenged the search warrant on Probable Cause and case got dismissed. Then because of that we got the Forfeited property returned. Then in another case won a forfeiture where service was challenged by state but judge granted hearing because of the new efiling requirements finding service was good. Next up Second Degree Assault trial.


Busy week here again. 5th DUI=careless driving. 2nd Felony DUI no prison, downward departure. 5th violation on 1st degree m**h case, no prison. Folks are getting to be with family for the holidays. Lots of Bernard Motions getting filed and ready to be filed. On a down note my Dads sister passed away this week so we end on a sad note. She was 92 will be burried in Fort Snelling with her husband of many years, a purple heart vet.


Another IC win that resulted in dismissal of CVO and DUI charges, Careless no jail and DL revo rescinded.


Another Dismissal after contested hearing for Mark Giancola. Client was stopped on the side of the road legally parked and started to leave when cop pulled up. He flipped on the lights and effected a seizure which the court found was not justified. Criminal case dismissed.


Our Office got another great NOT GUILTY. Why? Because we fight for your rights and work for results. Felony trial in Dakota County client looking at 80 plus months in Prison for assault. NOT GUILTY, good Work Rory Durkin


Second Degree DUI Dismissed, Forfeited Vehicle returned, another successful win for Mark,


Another amazing win for Durkin. Morrison County, First Degree M**h, DIRECTED VERDICT, State failed to show possession!!! WOW, Great Job partner. Woo Wooo




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