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John T. Arechigo

John T. Arechigo, St. Paul Criminal Defense Lawyer

John T. Arechigo

Saint Paul Criminal Defense Lawyer

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Attorney John Arechigo has a passion for criminal defense.  He devotes nearly 100% of his practice to defending individuals charged with a crime.   John is well-connected within the Minnesota criminal defense community.  He has a number of valuable resources readily available to his clients, including expert investigators, chemical and mental health experts, sentencing experts, and other legal professionals.  John is also easily approachable and accessible to his clients.  He strives to keep in close contact with his clients while working on their case.  John frequently passes along his cell phone number and does not hesitate to take a client’s call outside of typical office hours, including nights and weekends.

John is your go-to St. Paul criminal defense lawyer and St. Paul DUI attorney.  Since opening the law firm in 2007, John has successfully represented a number of clients charged with everything from serious felony offenses to minor traffic incidents.  As a Minnesota DUI and DWI lawyer, John has also secured a number of positive outcomes for his clients.  John has successfully defended clients in a number of counties throughout Minnesota, including Hennepin, Ramsey, Dakota, Washington, Anoka, Scott, Carver, Chisago, Olmsted, Stearns, Isanti, Blue Earth, Wright, St. Louis, Lyon, Steele, Brown, and Clay.  John has also appeared in front of the Minnesota Court of Appeals and has successfully argued in front of the North Dakota Supreme Court.  Most notably, John successfully challenged Minnesota’s criminal defamation statute and convinced the Minnesota Court of Appeals that it was unconstitutional.

Born and raised in Fargo, ND, John moved to Minneapolis to attend college at the U of M in 1998. After graduating with degrees in Political Science and Criminal Justice, John attended law school at Hamline University School of Law.  As a law student, John served as an associate on the Journal of Public Law and Policy and also acted as student director of The Innocence Project. Knowing that he wanted to be a Minneapolis criminal defense lawyer, John spent the first couple years of his legal career working for an established St. Paul criminal defense lawyer and St. Paul DUI attorney.  After gathering the necessary tools to start his own law firm, John joined up with attorney Josh Stokka in the fall of 2007 and opened the Law Office of Arechigo & Stokka.


  • State of Minnesota
  • State of North Dakota
  • United States District Court, District of Minnesota


  • Juris Doctor, Hamline University School of Law
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Minnesota


  •  Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA)
  • State Bar Association of North Dakota (SBAND)
  • Ramsey County Bar Association (RCBA)
  • Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (MACDL)
  • MSBA Criminal Law Section Council Member (2011-2012)
  • Dakota County Criminal Defense Panel – Managing Attorney

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Comments from Past Clients

"On My Side Every Step of The Way"

When I was injured at work and the insurance company denied my claim, I didn’t know what I was going to do. I had medical bills mounting, no income, and three children to take care of. Josh helped me understand the process, how long it would take, and in the end, he got all my medical bills paid and got me paid for my injury. In one of the worst times in my life, it helped to able to count on an attorney who understands the law and who was on my side every step of the way.


Workers' Compensation

"I Cannot Thank Them Enough"

I got injured when a piece of sheet rock fell on my back. The insurance company doctor said my herniated disc was age related and not because of what fell on my back. The attorneys at Arechigo & Stokka, got me paid until we had to go to court, and in the end got all my bills paid and more. I cannot thank them enough.


Workers' Compensation

"Helped Me Get All My Bills Paid"

My car crash was one of the worst things that ever happened to me. The insurance company wanted me to settle my case right away without speaking to an attorney. Friends told me I didn’t need an attorney. After months of trying to do things on my own, I knew I need to obtain the advice of an attorney. I am so glad I did. Josh and John helped me get all my bills paid and get compensated for all I went through with my injury.


Personal Injury

"Well Prepared and Hard Working"

John represented me so well during my case. Being from a private firm made a difference, he was able to timely respond to my questions throughout and was always available any time day or night. John was always very well prepared and hard working. I highly recommend his assistance as a defense attorney



"We Achieved the Desired Successful Result"

John was very helpful throughout the whole process, kept me up to date and informed on all aspects of the case and we achieved the desired successful result.


Domestic Assault

"Well Prepared and Hard Working"

John was very helpful throughout the whole process, kept me up to date and informed on all aspects of the case and we achieved the desired successful result.


Domestic Assault