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Areas of Practice

Criminal Defense

Being charged with a criminal offense is one of the scariest things that can happen to someone. The government is using all of their resources against you. You need someone on YOUR side, fighting for YOU. Our defense team has over 25 years of experience fighting the government and standing up for people caught in the system. We get proven results. Call us to get results for you.

  • Homicide
  • Drugs
  • Sex Offenses
  • Assault
  • Domestic Offenses
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In Minnesota, getting arrested for a DWI is a serious matter. The consequences can reach into all aspects of your life, from license revocations and vehicle forfeitures to probation and jail. The prosecutor will do everything in his/her power to make your life as difficult as possible. We know this complex area of the law and will use our knowledge and experience for you. Call us to give your your best chance to keep your license, your car, and your freedom.

  • Felonies
  • Gross Misdemeanors
  • Misdemeanors
  • Drivers License Revocations
  • Vehicle Forfeitures
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Federal charges are some of the most serious things life can throw at you. Drugs, firearms, fraud, conspiracy and a wide range of other federal crimes can lead to severe charges carrying the potential for long prison terms. Our defense team has spent years fighting for people in Federal Court. If you've been contacted by federal agents don't wait to call. Your future could depend on it. Call us to give yourself the best defense against federal charges.

  • Drugs
  • Firearms
  • Conspiracy
  • Fraud
  • Target Letters/Investigations
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When I first contacted you one of my questions was whether I would have to do jail time. Your response was: not if I had the right lawyer. Just wanted to thank you for being the right attorney and keeping me home with my family.


You are the man. Thank you very much. I'm still in disbelief. I really thought I was going to hang for those charges when I got them. You probably pissed the prosecutor off by getting that not guilty verdict though. I'm keeping you on speed dial.


Please accept this small token of our heartfelt thanks. You were there for our family when no one else believed in us and got the charges dismissed when everyone said to plead guilty. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.


Tom is one of the few people in the criminal defense bar who possess both the skill and zeal to effectively represent clients and the dignity and professionalism to gain the respect of judges, prosecutors, and juries. Because of this if have referred many clients to Tom and will continue to do so in the future.

Ryan Marth, Attorney, Minneapolis, MN

Tom really went above and beyond throughout my whole ordeal. He was very great at communicating throughout the scary and veiled situation. He is trustworthy and genuinely wants to help. Words cant express how how thankful I am for Tom and his wealth of knowledge and respect for my situation. I highly recommend Tom Beito and I will be using him again!


I've had the honor of being sponsored by Mr. Beito for my admission to the Federal District Court of Minnesota. I have found him to be extremely knowledgeable and competent in the field of Criminal Law and DWI. You would be very fortunate to have him fighting for you.

Carlos Fleites, Attorney, Miami, FL

About Us


Beito & Lengeling P.A. is a criminal defense team in Minneapolis MN. The attorneys at Beito & Lengeling, P.A. take a keen interest in every case they handle and they are always accessible. You will never have to worry about your case being handed off to some inexperienced associate you’ve never met before your court appearance.

Beito & Lengeling only handles criminal defense cases, including the following: DWI / DUI, Drug Offenses, Assault, White-Collar, Theft, Appeal, Federal Cases, Sex Offenses, gun charges, Homicide, domestic offenses, all felonies, gross misdemeanors, and misdemeanors.

If you have any questions about a criminal case currently pending in Minnesota or an investigation involving you in Minnesota, do not hesitate to contact our office to speak to an attorney. We are available 24 hours a day, everyday.

The Team

Thomas Beito

Tom’s passion is defending people in the toughest moments of their lives. For more than a decade, he has defended people in cases ranging from assault and DWI to criminal sexual conduct and homicide. He has represented thousands of people and won jury trials and dismissals all over the State of Minnesota. While his office is in Downtown Minneapolis he has won cases in counties all over the state, such as Hennepin, Ramsey, Dakota, Wright, Anoka, Carver, Washington, Stearns, Chippewa, Brown, Swift, St. Louis, and others too numerous to mention. His career has been and will always be standing up for people against the vast power of the police and the government.

Being charged with a crime can be a life altering experience. The government has immense resources at their disposal when seeking a conviction and jail or prison sentence. If you’re in a tough situation, and the government or police are coming after you, Tom will stand up for you and fight to make your life better.

Tom was born and raised in Minnesota. He is a graduate of St. Olaf College and St. Louis University School of Law. After graduating with honors, Tom was distinguished with the William F. Napier Award, given to the top trial advocacy student by the St. Louis Trial Lawyers Association. He is a member of the Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and has been named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers each year from 2009-2017. Tom is licensed to practice in state court by the Supreme Court of Minnesota and in federal court by the United States District Court for Minnesota.

Tom loves living in downtown Minneapolis with his wife Sue and their dog Lena. You can often find them enjoying the outdoors around the rivers, parks, and lakes that make Minnesota great.

Robert Lengeling

Robert Lengeling grew up in the farmlands of central Iowa with the idea that being a criminal defense lawyer would someday be his calling. When Robert graduated from the University of South Dakota School of Law in 2000, he had already worked on several federal criminal cases as a law firm intern. Following graduation, he served as a law clerk to the Hon. Peter Irvine in Alexandria, Minnesota. Robert worked for a few different law firms in Iowa and Minnesota before starting Beito & Lengeling, P.A in 2008 with his friend, Thomas Beito.

Beito & Lengeling, P.A. started with a desire to provide top notch legal representation to all people accused of crimes. Robert prides himself on making the daunting process of going through the criminal justice system seem less scary to his clients through communication and strong advocacy. The prosecution has seemingly unlimited resources at its disposal to obtain a conviction. It takes a certain kind of confident lawyer to stand between the prosecution and the accused. Robert often says that his job allows him to stand up for people who most of the time have nobody else to stand up for them.

Robert has handled all types of criminal cases in state court and federal court in both Minnesota and Iowa. He has successfully defended people against serious felonies and misdemeanors with equal attention to each client’s needs. Robert’s trial wins have involved assaults, drug cases, DWIs, criminal sexual conduct cases, and federal matters.

Robert and his wife of 15 years met at the University of South Dakota playing rugby. These days, they spend most of their time attending their children’s sports activities year round.


Below is a small list of some of our recent awards and successes. Please contact us immediately so we can help you with your case.

Q & A's

If arrested, know you have rights guaranteed to you by the Constitution. One of those is the right to an attorney. Respectfully tell the officer you want to have an attorney present prior to answering any questions. Also, decline to submit to field sobriety tests and do not blow into the handheld breath testing device (PBT) police use during traffic stops. While this will most likely ensure you will find yourself under arrest, you will have prevented yourself from giving the police any incriminating evidence. Throughout the process, remain as polite and courteous as possible.

If you are taken to the police station, tell the police you want to call Beito & Lengeling, P.A. before you submit to any further testing. Also, ask the officer for a pen/pencil and paper for notes. Do not answer any questions about where you were going or coming from, whether you were drinking or not, what you were drinking or how much, or whether you feel impaired.

There are four levels of criminal charges in Minnesota. The lowest level is a petty misdemeanor such as a basic traffic offense. The next level is a misdemeanor. This carries a maximum sentence of a $1000 fine and/or 90 days in jail. Next is a gross misdemeanor which is a more serious crime that carries a maximum $3000 fine and/or one year in jail. The highest level is a felony. Each specific felony-level criminal act carries a punishment severity as specified by statute for each specific offense.

In a DWI prosecution, each level carries different driver license revocation periods and reinstatement requirements. There is no petty misdemeanor level DWI.

You are always better off seeking professional assistance if you are accused of a crime. An experienced lawyer understands the intricacies of how the system works and can help you avoid the pitfalls that exist in every criminal prosecution. Keep in mind that not all lawyers are well suited to handle criminal matters. At Beito & Lengeling, P.A., we only represent people accused of crimes and thus we keep current with changes and trends in the law.

If you find yourself charged with a crime, you should contact Beito & Lengeling, P.A. immediately for a free consultation. We will assess your case and determine what defenses you have in your case. The difference between Beito & Lengeling, P.A. and other law firms is that we understand that a criminal charge can affect many areas of a person’s life. We offer overall legal counsel to each of our clients.

An experienced lawyer can guide you through the criminal justice system and obtain more favorable results for your case. The lawyers of Beito & Lengeling, P.A. will first work to get your case dismissed. If that option is unavailable, we will work on building a defense that forces prosecutors to compromise. No matter the outcome, we can help lessen the stress of facing a criminal charge and bring about a resolution that you will feel good about.

An arraignment is a preliminary hearing in a criminal case in which the Court identifies a defendant and informs that person of pending charges. Sometimes, these hearings are referred to as a first appearance.

Depending on what type of charges you are facing, you might have to bail before you can be released from jail. If you are charged with a gross misdemeanor or felony, the Court must set reasonable bail or conditions of release. If you or someone you know is charged with a crime, you should contact Beito & Lengeling, P.A. regarding your bail situation. We can help get bail set, argue for reduced bail, explore alternative conditional release options or arrange for a bonding agent to help get you released.

The Minnesota Rules of Criminal Procedure provide for an omnibus hearing in gross misdemeanor and felony cases. The purpose of the hearing is to raise any arguments regarding violations of your constitutional rights and other related issues. If you have an omnibus hearing scheduled in your case but you are not sure about your rights, contact our office immediately to discuss your case. There are many important issues that must be raised at an omnibus hearing that will be considered waived if you fail to present them to the Court properly.

In misdemeanor cases, the Court will schedule a pre-trial hearing for the purpose of allowing the parties to discuss settlement options or to inform the Court of any arguments that you wish to present. If you have a pre-trial hearing scheduled in your case but you are not sure about your rights, contact our office immediately to discuss your case.

No! The decision to settle is always yours but simply entering a guilty plea means you will not have the opportunity to investigate your case. Most of the time the prosecutor only knows a little bit about your case based on what the arresting officer puts in the police report. A lawyer will help you tell your side of the case. At a minimum, a lawyer will help you structure your settlement in a way that considers your point of view.

The term “Implied Consent” refers to the aspect of a DWI prosecution whereby the government revokes your driving privileges immediately upon a test result over .08 or more. This revocation will occur automatically and you must file a petition in civil court to ask for judicial review in order to contest the revocation. The State assumes that by driving on public roadways you implicitly give your consent to providing a chemical test if you are arrested for DWI. An experienced DWI attorney can file your petition for you and raise the proper arguments to help you get your driver’s license back.

A criminal conviction will become part of your record once you enter a guilty plea or you are found guilty of a crime by a court or jury. In a DWI prosecution, the State will use any prior DWI or DWI-related driver’s license revocation during the preceding 10 years as grounds to charge you with a higher degree of DWI. Also, different sentencing provisions can impact how a conviction will affect your record. You should contact Beito & Lengeling, P.A. to discuss your case before entering a plea to any charges.

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