Thomas M. Beito

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Minneapolis, MN

Beito & Lengeling, P.A.
 | 310 4th Avenue S., Suite 1050
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Phone: 612-767-1618
Fax: 612-333-8003
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2021
Selected To Rising Stars: 2009 - 2017
Licensed Since: 2003
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (70%),
  • Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (30%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Norwegian
    Attorney Profile

    Defending clients across the state of Minnesota, Thomas M. Beito has more than 15 years of practical experience. He is a partner at Beito & Lengeling, P.A., where he handles all types of criminal matters, including: homicide, criminal sexual conduct, theft/fraud offenses, assault, drug offenses, weapons offenses, federal offenses, DWI, and fish and wildlife violations and all other felony, gross misdemeanor, and misdemeanor level offenses.

    A native of Minnesota, Mr. Beito understands the unique circumstances clients face when charged with a crime. Though state and federal laws are constantly changing, he remains on top of trends and aware of effective tools through his memberships with the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and Minnesota Society for Criminal Justice. He takes his responsibility to stand up for clients seriously, and he is unafraid of challenging the state’s claims against them.

    Over the course of his career, Mr. Beito has been an advocate and source of advice for thousands of people. He has had success in jury trials and obtained numerous acquittals and dismissals. Mr. Beito is admitted to practice before the Minnesota Supreme Court and the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota.

    Respected in the legal community, Mr. Beito holds an Avvo “Excellent” rating.

    In 1999, Mr. Beito received a Bachelor of Arts in economics and Norwegian from St. Olaf College. He then earned a Juris Doctor and graduated with honors in 2003 from the Saint Louis University School of Law. Upon graduation from law school, Mr. Beito received the Milton F. Napier Scholarship Award from the Lawyer’s Association of St. Louis.

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

    Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, Failure to Pay Child Support, False Accusations, Felony, Juvenile Delinquency, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Overdrawn Bank Account, Parole, Probation, Sex Offenses, Tax Evasion, Theft, Traffic Violations, Criminal Domestic Violence, DUI/DWI


    Selected to Super Lawyers for 3 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 9 years

    Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2021 Rising Stars: 2009 - 2017

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    About Thomas Beito

    Admitted: 2003, Minnesota

    Professional Webpage:


    • Who's Who in Criminal Defense, Minnesota Law & Politics Magazine
    • Milton F. Napier Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy, St. Louis Lawyers Association, 2003
    • Graduated Cum Laude, Saint Louis University School of Law, 2003

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
    • Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
    • United States District Court for Minnesota
    • Supreme Court of Minnesota
    • Minnesota Society for Criminal Justice

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Hennepin County Misdemeanor Defense Panel


    • State v. Baker: DWI charges dismissed on motion by Mr. Beito challenging illegal search and seizure; drivers license revocation rescinded, 2008
    • State v. J.R.: Mr. Beito secured the dismissal of a Felony Arson charge against his client, successfully arguing that the government's witnesses were not credible based upon their past histories and the facts surrounding the fire., 2016
    • State v. Kovacevic: Felony Fleeing a Peace Officer charges dismissed on motion by Mr. Beito based on lack of probable cause., 2008
    • State v. Johnson, Mr. Beito earned his client a not-guilty verdict in a gross misdemeanor domestic assault trial, 2009
    • State v. Roberts; 2nd Degree Gross Misdemeanor DWI dismissed after successfully arguing to the judge that the police illegally entered the defendant's garage to investigate a suspected DWI. Mr. Beito also successfully forced the return of the defendant's vehicle that the police sought to forfeit as a result of the dismissal., 2015
    • State v. Schottle: Mr. Beito convinced the court to suppress all evidence of the defendant's blood alcohol test on the grounds that the test sample was collected without a warrant. Based on this, the all DWI charges against the defendant were dismissed., 2015
    • State v. J.O.: Mr. Beito gained the dismissal of all Felony Criminal Sexual Conduct charges against the defendant, successfully arguing that the allegations were not credible considering the facts and circumstances surrounding the case., 2016
    • State v. Heck: Gross Misdemeanor DWI dismissed on motion by Mr. Beito based on illegal search and seizure., 2008
    • Kozumplik v. Commissioner of Public Safety: revocation of drivers license rescinded by the judge after a hearing in which Mr. Beito proved that the arresting officer violated Mr. Kozumplik's rights., 2009
    • State v. Gocha: Mr. Beito won a not guilty jury verdict for his client in Swift County who was charged with five felony counts including burglary and theft. This jury trial lasted four days, but the jury needed less than 30 minutes to acquit Mr. Beito's client., 2013
    • State v. Calbick: Mr. Beito gained a dismissal of all DWI charges by successfully arguing that the warrantless collection of the defendant's urine sample was illegal and the resulting test must be thrown out and not used as evidence., 2015
    • State v. M.S.: Mr. Beito successfully earned the dismissal of Attempted Murder charges against the defendant, thereby avoiding a potential term of imprisonment of approximately 15 years., 2016
    • State v. Irlbeck: DWI dismissed on motion by Mr. Beito based on illegal search and seizure; drivers license revocation rescinded., 2008
    • State v. Brown: DWI charges dismissed on motion by Mr. Beito based on the misleading nature of the statements given by police to the defendant., 2008
    • State v. Braun: Mr. Beito won a not guilty jury verdict in Brown County in a case in which his client was charged with Illegal Hunting. As a result of this verdict the government was required to return firearms valued at approx. $5,000 to Mr. Beito's client., 2013
    • State v. Schroepfer: Mr. Beito successfully obtained the dismissal of all DWI charges and reversed the revocation of the defendant's driver's license on the grounds that the police conducted an illegal warrantless search of the defendant in obtaining a sample of his blood., 2016
    • State v. K.G.: Mr. Beito successfully defended a client charged with Felony Criminal Sexual Conduct, earning a dismissal of all charges prior to trial., 2016

    Educational Background:

    • University of Oslo, Norway, 1997
    • J.D., Saint Louis University School of Law, St. Louis, MO, 2003
    • B.A. St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN, 1999

    Industry Groups

    • Minnesota Association Of Criminal Defense Attorneys
    • Minnesota Society For Criminal Justice
    • National Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers
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    Office Location for Thomas M. Beito

    310 4th Avenue S.
    Suite 1050
    Minneapolis, MN 55415

    Phone: 612-767-1618

    Fax: 612-333-8003

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    Last Updated: 3/11/2021

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