Criminal Defense


Water Protector Legal Collective provides criminal defense services to everyone who was arrested at Standing Rock in resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline. We do this through a mix of direct representation, recruitment and support of attorneys admitted pro hac vice under the special provisions for out-of-state attorneys, coordination among Water Protectors with state and federal cases and among defense attorneys with no-DAPL cases, and public information, education and advocacy work.

The most recent statistics on the outcomes of the state criminal cases are available here.

Information for anyone who was arrested for water protection activities at Standing Rock is available here.

Information about the federal criminal cases is available here.

Information about our Petition to the North Dakota Supreme Court to create special pro hac vice procedures to allow more attorneys from out-of-state to represent Water Protectors in no-DAPL state criminal cases is available here.

Contact information for our criminal defense team is available here.