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Cassandra Bautista

Cassandra Bautista

Attorney at Law

Criminal defense attorney Cassandra Bautista’s objective is to protect the rights of the accused while explaining each aspect of the process along the way. Cassandra ensures that justice is a process that individuals participate in, rather than something that is “done to” them. She is passionate about helping her clients through difficult legal situations and seeking justice on their behalf. Cassandra is diligent, meticulous, tough, and works tirelessly to ensure her clients’ rights are protected.

In addition to her experience working with clients on an array of criminal defense matters, Cassandra also has experience in immigration law and defending clients’ rights. Cassandra started her career as an immigration and criminal defense attorney in St. Paul, representing clients in Immigration Court (EOIR) and before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), and in District Court all over the State of Minnesota. She is fluent in Spanish and primarily represented the Latinx community.

Following this role, Cassandra was a prosecutor for multiple cities in Dakota County for three years. She prosecuted gross misdemeanors, misdemeanors, and petty misdemeanors before joining Sieben Edmunds Miller as a defense attorney. Cassandra brings a unique perspective to each case because of her experience as a prosecutor.

In her free time, Cassandra enjoys playing soccer, salsa dancing, spending time with her family, and visiting State Parks with her husband and dogs.

Cassandra is a regular contributor to La Matraca magazine, Minnesota’s #1 publication in Spanish. Her column covers a wide range of criminal defense topics.

  • Named a Rising Star by Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers Publication, 2022-2023
  • Northstar Attorney Recognition, Minnesota State Bar Association, 2016 and 2017
  • Mock Trial Judge, Minnesota State Bar Association, 2017 – Present
  • Member, Dakota County Bar Association, 2018 – Present
  • Member, Minnesota Women Lawyers, 2018 – Present
  • Member, Mendota Heights/West St. Paul Rotary Club, December 2020 – Present

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota, 2015


  • J.D., Presidential Scholar, Dean’s List, University of St. Thomas School of Law
  • B.A. in Legal Studies, Latin American Studies, and Spanish, Hamline University

Recent Blog Posts

Understanding Implied Consent Laws in DWI Cases

Understanding Implied Consent Laws in DWI Cases

Encountering law enforcement during a DWI stop can be an anxiety-inducing experience, especially if you're unsure about your rights and how to navigate the situation. Without a clear understanding of your rights, even routine interactions with the police can escalate,...

Plea Bargains: Weighing the Pros and Cons

Plea Bargains: Weighing the Pros and Cons

Navigating the criminal justice system can be overwhelming, especially for individuals facing criminal charges. One crucial aspect of the legal process that defendants may encounter is the option of plea bargains. A plea bargain is an agreement between the prosecution...

Can You Get A DWI on an ATV?

Can You Get A DWI on an ATV?

Taking your ATV for a spin during a beautiful Minnesota summer can be a great time, but there’s one thing that doesn’t mix well with ATVs: alcohol. It's essential to understand the potential consequences you may face if you choose to operate an ATV under the influence...

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