Douglas V. Hazelton

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Top Rated DUI-DWI Attorney in Bloomington, MN

Halberg Criminal Defense
 | 7900 Xerxes Avenue South, Suite 1700
Bloomington, MN 55431
Phone: 612-470-5064
Fax: 952-224-4840
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2005, 2008 - 2021
Selected To Rising Stars: 1998 - 1999, 2004
Licensed Since: 1993
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (70%),
  • Criminal Defense (30%)
    Attorney Profile

    Halberg Criminal Defense is Minnesota's largest criminal defense law firm and has more General Criminal Defense/DWI Defense SuperLawyer and Rising Star honorees than any other law firm in the country. You are encouraged to research the firm and its lawyers at

    Doug practices exclusively in the area of criminal defense. He represents clients in Minneapolis, St. Paul, Bloomington, Hennepin County and throughout Minnesota. For more than 25 years, Doug has focused primarily on alcohol-related traffic offenses such as DWI/DUI and driver's license revocation and has successfully handled hundreds of criminal cases, including assault, theft, sex crimes, drug offenses and homicide. For more than two decades, Doug has dedicated himself to providing excellent representation to criminal defendants.

    After graduating from Antioch College in Ohio with a bachelor's degree in 1989, Doug went on to receive his law degree from William Mitchell College of Law. He graduated from the National College of DUI Defense conducted at Harvard Law School and was named a member to the college in 1997. In 2006, he became Minnesota's State Delegate to the college. Doug also enjoys the unique distinction of being only one of two Minnesota defense attorneys to complete the Borkenstein Course conducted at Indiana University, which teaches the forensics of alcohol testing. He is a certified Intoxilyzer and DataMaster operator and fully trained in conducting NHTSA Standardized Field Sobriety Testing.

    In addition to his extensive courtroom experience, Doug frequently delivers lectures on DUI/DWI-related topics, both in Minnesota and throughout the United States. His articles have appeared in Criminal Defense Techniques, Criminal Constitutional Law, the Hennepin Lawyer and in 2008 he wrote the Minnesota DWI Law Handbook, Volume 31 of Thomson West's Minnesota Practice Series, which is currently in its eleventh printing.

    Practice Areas
    • 70%Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI
    • 30%Criminal Defense
    Focus Areas

    DUI/DWI, Criminal Law, Felony, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Traffic Violations


    Selected to Super Lawyers for 15 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 3 years

    Super Lawyers: 2005, 2008 - 2021 Rising Stars: 1998 - 1999, 2004

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    About Douglas Hazelton

    Admitted: 1993, Minnesota

    Professional Webpage:


    • Minnesota State Delegate to the National College for DUI Defense, 2006
    • Top Attorneys in Minnesota
    • Best Lawyers in America

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Certified Intoxilyzer Operator
    • Graduate, NHTSA/IACP Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Practitioner Student Course (Platt and Associates), 2012
    • Graduate, Borkenstein Course on Alcohol and Highway Safety: Testing, Research and Litigation, Indiana University Center for Studies of Law in Action, 2005
    • Certified DataMaster-DMT Operator

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Member, Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
    • Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
    • Member, Wisconsin State Bar Association
    • Member, Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
    • Minnesota State Delegate, National College for DUI Defense
    • Past President and Member, Minnesota Society for Criminal Justice

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Lecturing on DUI/DWI-related topics locally and nationally, his articles have been published in numerous publications including Criminal Defense Techniques (Matthew Bender), Criminal Constitutional Law (Matthew Bender), the Police Misconduct and Civil Rights Law Report (Clark Boardman) and the Hennepin Lawyer
    • Study of Alcohol Breath Testing, Borkenstein Program at Indiana University, 2005
    • Author, Minnesota DWI Handbook, Volume 31, Minnesota Practice Series, Thomson West/Reuters, 2008-2017

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • Recipient of the Hanson Memorial Advocates prize awarded by the Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2016

    Educational Background:

    • J.D. William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota, 1992
    • B.A. Antioch College, Yellow Springs, Ohio, 1989
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    Office Location for Douglas V. Hazelton

    7900 Xerxes Avenue South
    Suite 1700
    Bloomington, MN 55431

    Phone: 612-470-5064

    Fax: 952-224-4840

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