Chuck Ramsay Interviewed By Minnesota Lawyer Regarding The Bernard Case

Posted On December 18, 2015 by Daniel Koewler

In the wake of the United States Supreme Court's decision to review DWI Test Refusal law, the nation's attention is being focused squarely on the state of Minnesota . . . and those attorneys who are closest to the fight. Minnesota Lawyer, the premiere legal publication for our state, interviewed Chuck Ramsay to get his opinion on what the possible impact will be for Minnesota now that the State v. Bernard case is going to be ruled upon by the highest court in America.

Here's what Mr. Ramsay had to say (the full article is behind a pay wall, and is likely only accessible by attorneys).

Defense attorney Chuck Ramsay agreed the potential impact is hard to overstate.

"It could be tremendous because, with a handful of exceptions, it would affect every single DWI case in Minnesota,| said Ramsay, who wrote an amicus brief when Bernard went before the Minnesota Supreme Court. |I can't think of any other crime, except for the petty misdemeanor of speeding, that affects so many citizens. I think this is unparalleled.|

Mr. Ramsay went on to add:

|The consensus in the defense community is that the U.S. Supreme Court took these cases to overturn them,| Ramsay said, referencing Bernard and the two companion cases out of North Dakota. |Because only a handful of states criminalize a driver's refusal to submit to warrantless search, we don't think it's likely that the U.S. Supreme Court just wants to pat Minnesota and North Dakota on the back and say, â??Hey, you're doing a great job of upholding the United States Constitution!'|

We've been at the forefront of every legal challenge to Minnesota's Test Refusal law for almost a decade, and will continue to bring you all the relevant news and developments on this issue, from now until the Supreme Court issues their decision (likely in early June of 2016).

Until then, keep checking back regularly - when we're not providing breaking news, we'll still be providing legal commentary and opinion on what the future may hold -- and how to capitalize on future developments today. And if you've been charged with a recent DWI (even if you submitted to a test) the best thing you can do for yourself is to give us a call . . . sooner rather than later.