Criminal Defense Services

When you need experienced criminal defense attorneys with a solid reputation and history of success, Keil Defense should be your first call. We have represented thousands of clients in criminal cases ranging from homicide and assault, to criminal sexual conduct and DWI/DUI across Minnesota.




Assault/Domestic Assault

Sex Crimes





Criminal Damage to Property

Theft/Receiving Stolen Property



False Imprisonment

White Collar Crimes

Terroristic Threats

Drug Crimes


Probation/Parole Violations


Affordable Fees

All cases are based on a flat-rate fee, and because our clients are the top priority, we work with them to agree on payment options they can afford.

Our clients don’t get charged for every phone call or email and, there’s never a surprise or hidden fee at the end of a case. Contact Keil Defense to receive your free, “no-strings-attached” consultation and learn how we can work together to get the result you deserve.

FASD in the Criminal Justice System

Children and adults with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) are becoming involved in the criminal justice system at an alarming rate. In fact, 50% of people with an FASD have a history of confinement in a jail, prison, residential drug treatment facility, or psychiatric. hospital. Why?

FASD represents a range of lifelong brain disorders caused by prenatal alcohol exposure, often leading to impaired decision making and impulsive behavior or difficulty seeing or predicting behavioral consequences. And, it is more common than previously thought – with one in 20 people on the spectrum.

Keil Defense understands the urgent need in our communities to recognize and develop strategies to support those with an FASD, and works closely with Proof Alliance (formerly Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome) to ensure clients receive the attention and respect they deserve in the criminal justice system.



Keil Defense has won acquittals on Attempted First Degree Murder, First Degree Assault and Criminal Sexual Conduct, among many other criminal charges.

Moreover, Keil Defense has had numerous cases dismissed as a result of the violation of constitutional rights from police officers and having evidence suppressed.

“I’m very satisfied with your legal services and will always use Keil Defense for my legal representation.”

“Keil Defense demonstrated incredible communication during the time(s) of urgency and unfailing support when it was needed the most. You come with a 5 star rating and I will continue to refer you to those in need of a notable and devoted lawyer.”

“I couldn’t have made a wiser choice in selecting an attorney. I debated between several lawyers but decided on Mr. Keil because he answered my questions and [I] felt like he genuinely cared about me and my case. I was dead-to-right on my case, but he was able to get me a continuance for dismissal. For prospective clients, please understand that you will not find a better attorney to represent you.”

“As an FASD Consultant, I work with many families who have children and young adults who have a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and are involved with the justice system- research indicates that 60% of individuals with an FASD get into trouble with the law.  I have referred dozens of families to Travis and Kyle who have a a comprehensive understanding of the brain differences that FASD creates and they understand the unique ways that it impacts an individual and their families’ lives.  It is rare to find a legal professional who understands FASD, and it is even more rare to find ones who are also compassionate and a pleasure to work with.  I highly recommend Keil Defense for anyone, particularly those who are impacted by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.”

I have worked in the field of FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders) for over two decades, starting with my work as Hennepin County District Court (Juvenile Division) while also serving as Minnesota’s First Lady (1991-1999). It was in Juvenile Court where I encountered many youth from families with long histories of substance abuse and also with similar learning, behavioral, neurological problems. Thus was born my interest and passion in helping those impacted by this disability.

I had the opportunity to work with Travis M. Keil on the defense of young adult woman with FASD. I personally knew her through my FASD work and knew she was a good person, but could be easily swayed by others. Unfortunately, she had ended up in a situation of bad judgment leading to very serious felony charges.

Through my work on FASD, I knew of Travis’ reputation in representing clients with FASD. He greatly exceeded his reputation in this very complicated legal and factual case – understanding the disability, which was key in her defense. Fortunately, this young woman was acquitted on all charges. I would highly recommend Travis Keil in representing those with the disability of FASD.  He truly understands the relationship of this brain disability and how it impacts criminal behavior.

In the News

Keil Defense is dedicated to providing clients with legal advice and resources. To learn more about criminal offenses in Minnesota or commonly asked questions about the legal process, visit our FAQ page. To get more information on how Keil Defense has helped, check out the news clips below.


Travis M. Keil, Attorney at Law

Keil Defense was started by Travis M. Keil, who is a Minnesota criminal defense attorney that specializes in state and federal criminal cases. He has handled offenses ranging from DUI’s and assaults, to criminal sexual conduct and first degree murder.

Travis spent a significant portion of 2010-2011 monitoring the trial of accused Nazi war criminal, John Demjanuk, in Munich, Germany and, was also intricately involved in the Minnesota Justice Foundation.

Travis believes that everyone charged with an offense should be able to utilize a private criminal defense attorney, and was one of two individuals who volunteered over 600 hours of criminal defense services to those in desperate need of legal assistance. It’s because of this belief that he works with every client to develop the best defense strategy while ensuring the price will fit within their budget.

Travis has represented thousands of clients charged with criminal offenses and has extensive experience working with individuals with FASD that are involved in the criminal justice system, as well as expert witnesses to gather evidence to be used at trial. For example, he has worked with experts in the areas of cell phone and computer forensics, eyewitness identification and, medical analysis, which have contributed to successful defense strategies. He has a lengthy list of successful results with a trial success rate of over 80%.

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Kyle D. White, Attorney at Law, Of Counsel

As a Minnesota criminal defense attorney, Kyle’s advocacy has helped change the legal landscape. He has won several cases before the Appellate Courts involving minority populations, which include upholding individual’s constitutional rights and ensuring their voices are heard. One such case is State v. Miller, where the Wisconsin Supreme Court granted religious freedom to the Amish community. Additionally, he represented the defendant in State v. Vue, which is a case cited by all criminal defense attorneys when arguing racial bias for individuals charged with crimes.

Kyle has been a panel attorney for Outfront Minnesota, where he has represented LGBT individuals throughout the criminal justice system. He handled the appellate cases State v. Rushing and State v. Pinkal, which are cases that protect the rights of gay individuals in criminal court.

Presently, he is one of the leading authorities on individuals with FASD and mental illness that are involved in the criminal justice system, and he is often cited or contacted by the local media to comment on such cases. He is the past president of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Minnesota Chapter as well as frequently presents on issues affecting the mentally ill in criminal courts.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently asked questions about criminal law and the legal process. Contact Keil Defense for more information or a free consultation.

Q: What type of crime have I been charged with?

There are four different levels of offenses in Minnesota and are defined by the possible sentence you could receive if convicted of the offense.

  • Petty Misdemeanor — a non-criminal offense punishable by a maximum $300 fine.
  • Misdemeanor — punishable by up to 90 days in jail, and/or a $1000 fine.
  • Gross Misdemeanor — punishable by up to one year in jail and/or a $3000 fine.
  • Felony — punishable by over one year in prison and/or more than a $3000 fine.
Q: Should I talk to the police?

If you are the suspect in an investigation, you should not speak with any law enforcement officer without speaking to an attorney first. The primary goal of law enforcement is to build a case strong enough to send to the local prosecutor for charging. If you are asked questions by the police, tell them that you would like to call your attorney before talking.

Q: What should I do if I’m pulled over for a DWI/DUI?

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 that you want to have an attorney present prior to answering any questions. Also, decline to submit to field sobriety tests as this will only be used as evidence against you. While the law enforcement officer will most likely place you 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 Keil Defense before you submit to any further testing. 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.

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Call, email, or write to us at our Carver or Ramsey County locations:

Keil Defense

Phone: 1-651-315-3097


7730 Laredo Drive #1007

Chanhassen, MN 55317


332 Minnesota Street

Suite W1610

St. Paul, MN 55101