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Ramsay Law Firm built its reputation as a DWI defense firm through a track record of success. We don't win every case, but we win most. Whether that means getting the charges reduced, getting a license revocation reduced, getting a forfeited vehicle returned, or getting the entire DWI case thrown out, we go into every case with the motto "Every DWI Case Is Winnable." 

Here's a sampling of the types of cases we've won, enough to give a broad overview of how many different types of cases we've succeeded with. It starts with our victories at the district court level, county by county, judge by judge. These are examples of some of the cases we've recently won, including links to redacted copies of actual winning orders, signed by the judges.

Sometimes, we need to win a case on appeal. Whether appealing our own clients cases, or taking up other defense attorney's client's cases for appeal, Ramsay Law Firm is also known for its success on appeal. Below the listing of district court DWI wins, we've included some of our successful DWI appeals. 

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District Court Victories

  • J.E.S. v. Comm’r of Public Safety -- Ignition Interlock Violation Victory – Driver’s License Reinstated

    09/17/21

    Our client was required to enroll in Minnesota’s Ignition Interlock Program due to multiple DWIs, and was just a few months away from being able to remove the device from his vehicle, when the State alleging that he violated the program with a positive alcohol result. Luckily for our client, we knew exactly how to fight this.

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  • State v. S.E.P -- NOT GUILTY! Jury Acquits Client of All DWI Charges (Second Degree DWI)

    09/14/21

    The state charged our client with a Second Degree DWI for having a breath alcohol concentration of .14 with two prior DWI convictions, and the Department of Public Safety revoked and cancelled his driver’s license. In February this year the license revocation was thrown out as a sanction because the State failed to turn over the source code to the breath test machine. Then the jury ruled not guilty in the criminal case.

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  • State v. A.E.B. -- Gross Misdemeanor Third Degree DWI Reduced to Careless Driving

    08/13/21

    The state charged our client with a Gross Misdemeanor DWI in 2019 -- enhancing the charges due to a prior DWI license revocation. We pushed it all the way to trial when, on the eve of trial, the state agreed to dismiss all the DWI charges in exchange for a plea to careless driving.

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  • State v. G.V.M. - Prosecutor Completely Dismissed Gross Misdemeanor DWI

    06/09/21

    Two weeks we told you about a victory we had in a civil, “implied consent” case where the judge tossed a case for a bad stop, and reinstated our client’s license to drive. We noted that we were off to fight criminal case. Here’s the update: total success

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  • G.V.M. v. Comm'r of Pub. Safety - License Revocation for Test Refusal Thrown Out

    05/19/21

    A police officer stopped our client in March for crossing the centerline. The officer claimed that our client nearly struck the officer’s vehicle, and only by taking evasive action did the officer avoid a head-on collision. (Unfortunately, squad video supported the officer’s claim.) Our client refused to submit to testing and lost his license. But we got it back.

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  • STATE V. M.J.S. and M.J.S V. COMM’R OF PUBLIC SAFETY – Gross Misdemeanor DWI Test Refusal Dismissed; License Revocation Overturned

    05/07/21

    Last December a young police officer pulled over MJS for speeding. The officer claimed MJS’s eyes were bloodshot and watery, and ordered our client out of his vehicle to perform field sobriety tests and to take a preliminary breath test. The officer ultimately arrested our client and brought him to the local police station where he requested a breath test of our client. MJS refused to take the breath test.

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  • M.J.H. v. Comm'r of Public Safety - Ignition Interlock Extended for Three Years: Rescinded

    04/20/21

    The DPS extended our client’s driver’s license cancellation for not providing the minimum of 30 samples in a 30-day period. We obtained a copy of our client’s ignition interlock logs from the interlock company and discovered that our client actually blew 34 times in a 30 day period. We provided these logs to the State, noting the error. Eventually the Interlock company admitted its mistake! We uncovered all the evidence we needed to prove that our client did have over 30 blows in a month. We won

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  • State v. B.L.L. - Gross Misdemeanor DWI reduced to Petty Misdemeanor

    04/20/21

    On October 2, 2020, our client crossed a centerline and struck semi-truck at highway speeds. After extracting our client form her vehicle, she was transported to the hospital where her blood was drawn by hospital staff and tested at the hospital. It was later determined that our client had a .189 blood alcohol content. She was ultimately charged with 3rd Degree DWI.

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  • State v. G.D.G. - Felony Theft of Services: Dismissed

    04/20/21

    The State charged G.D.G. with Felony Obtaining Services without Payment. He gave a false name at the time he was admitted to the hospital on two different occasions allegedly in an attempt to avoid payment in excess of $30,000 for treatment.

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  • State v. D.S.C. - Second Degree DWI and Vehicle Forfeiture Returned and Reduced Charges

    03/25/21

    Our client was stopped for speeding and after the officer administered field sobriety tests, ultimately arrested our client for 2nd Degree DWI. The DataMaster test result was a .17. Because our client had a previous DWI, the state charged him with 2nd Degree DWI. Police forfeited his vehicle. We filed a lawsuit challenging the vehicle forfeiture and sought to have a contested hearing in the criminal case.

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  • State v. J.V.A.

    03/18/21

    Our client (JVA) was stopped for speeding last year. The officer administered field sobriety tests and ultimately arrested her for DWI. The DataMaster breath test results were .092 and .087, and the state charged her with 4th degree DWI.

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  • L.R.D. v. Comm'r of Public Safety

    03/09/21

    Last year another criminal defense attorney contacted our firm seeking our help. Her client had been arrested and charged with a DWI. Because his breath alcohol concentration was over the legal limit, the state also revoked his license to drive for 90 days. The government was unwilling to voluntarily reinstate his license.

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  • State v. D.K.M.

    03/08/21

    Today the prosecutor completely dismissed our client’s Gross Misdemeanor DWI case with a .25 breath test result. Late last year our client was involved in a motor vehicle accident. Officers from multiple agencies arrived on the scene. Following the accident, our client was brought to a local police department where he submitted to a breath test that produced a result of .25. He was subsequently charged with two counts of Gross Misdemeanor, 3rd Degree DWI.

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  • N.T. v. Comm'r of Public Safety

    03/08/21

    Today we prevailed in yet another Ignition Interlock Device (IID) case. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) cancelled our client’s driver’s license after he provided two breath samples of 0.034 and 0.032. The cancellation brought harsh consequences, including the following requirements: • Complete a new chemical evaluation and treatment; • Pay $680 reinstatement “fee”; • Take and pass another written test; • Enroll for an additional six years on the ignition interlock program.

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  • J.V.A. v. Comm'r of Public Safety

    02/22/21

    Our client was stopped for speeding last year. The officer administered field sobriety tests and ultimately arrested her for DWI. The DataMaster breath test results were .092 and .087, and the state revoked her license for 90 days.

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  • T.J.C. v. Comm'r of Public Safety

    01/25/21

    In 2020 T.J.C. was stopped after he fell asleep in a restaurant drive through lane. After blowing a .387 on a PBT, he was arrested and taken to the county jail for alcohol testing. Given the amount of alcohol T.J.C. consumed he politely requested to void his bladder. Instead, officers – citing jail “policy” – told T.J.C. he would have to wait until after he had consulted an attorney, and completed a breath test. “It won’t be long they said.”

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  • J.P.K. v. Comm'r of Public Safety

    01/14/21

    J.P.K. was able to drive only on the condition that he not consume any alcohol. In addition he was required to blow into an interlock device to start his vehicle. At one point the Minnesota Department of Public Safety sent him a letter once again cancelling his license. He would have to restart the program! Believing this to be unfair, J.P.K. filed for administrative review and lost. He hired us. Fortunately we were able to demonstrate that our client did not violate the “no-use” requirement.

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  • State v. R.D.L.

    01/13/21

    Our client had his license cancelled as inimical to public safety several years ago. The state eventually permitted him to drive, but only with the breath test device in his car. Years later a police officer pulled him over when he saw our client driving with a cell phone in his hands. The State charged R.D.L. with driving in violation of the Ignition Interlock laws as well as using a cell phone when driving.

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  • State v. T.A.W.

    12/24/20

    A park ranger caught T.A.W. firing a gun in the parking lot of a state park and confronted him. As T.A.W. fled the scene in his pickup, the ranger pointed out T.A.W.’s vehicle to an approaching deputy, and informed him of what had occurred. Deputies stopped T.A.W’s pick-up as he was driving away. They ultimately arrested him for Gross Misdemeanor DWI and Felony Firing a Weapon in a State Park.

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  • State v. J.M.S.

    11/23/20

    Our client accidentally hit a parked car – and ended up getting charged with a gross misdemeanor DWI, facing a lengthy jail sentence, years of probation, and cancellation of her driver’s license. However, sometimes an accident really is an accident, and the only substances in her blood were prescription drugs, taken in accordance with a prescription.

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Appellate Court Victories

  • T.L.J. v. Commissioner of Public Safety

    05/30/17

    Ramsay Law Firm is going back to the Minnesota Supreme Court for the driving privileges of not just our client, but many, many drivers who were mislead by an unconstitutional form of the Minnesota Motor Vehicle Implied Consent Advisory. This isn't a "victory" in the traditional sense; it is a victory in that we've earned the right to plead our client's case to the Supreme Court.

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  • M.E.M. v. Commissioner of Public Safety

    05/30/17

    Ramsay Law Firm is again going back to the Minnesota Supreme Court for the driving privileges of not just our client, but many, many drivers who were mislead by an unconstitutional form of the Minnesota Motor Vehicle Implied Consent Advisory. This isn't a "victory" in the traditional sense; it is a victory in that we've earned the right to plead our client's case to the Supreme Court.

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  • D.K.S. v. Commissioner of Public Safety

    04/17/17

    Another victory at the Minnesota Court of Appeals! The appellate court overturned the trial court and held that the police seized our client without a reasonable, articulable suspicion of criminal activity (the constitutional standard for stopping a motor vehicle).

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  • State v. Thompson

    12/28/15

    At the end of 2015, we persuaded the Minnesota Court of Appeals that Minnesota's DWI Test Refusal Law was unconstitutional. They ruled that the statute was null and void, and that drivers could not be convicted for a crime if they refused to submit to a warrantless urine test.

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  • Jirik v. Commissioner of Public Safety

    11/21/16

    Our client had his driver's license revoked after his arrest for DWI. We were hired to appeal his loss of license, and convinced the Minnesota Court of Appeals to give it back.

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  • Janssen v. Commissioner of Public Safety

    08/22/16

    Our client was revoked for having an alcohol concentration of twice the legal limit. For years, the State argued that we had no ability to challenge such a revocation in court. We convinced the Court of Appeals that this was wrong, and they re-interpreted Minnesota law to allow scientific challenges to breath tests that are twice the legal limit or more.

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Want to see more? If the above orders didn't convince you, here's a simpler list of additional victories we've obtained over the years:

Breath Test DWI Victories

State v. A.M.H. A Hennepin County judge dismissed all the criminal charges against our client – and fully reinstated her driver’s license, despite a breath test result of .15.

State v. S.G.B. We convinced a Faribault County jury to find our client not guilty of DWI, even though they were presented with a breath test result of .16.

G.L.T. v. Comm’r of Pub. Safety. Our client lost his license for 180 days due to a failed breath test. We convinced the judge that the license revocation was unlawful, his license was fully restored and the revocation was taken off of his driving record.

Blood Test DWI Victories

State v. M.R.S. We convinced a unanimous Sherburn County jury of 6 to find our client not guilty of DWI, even with a blood test result of 0.15.

J.B.M v. Comm’r of Pub. Safety. We used our scientific expertise to convince a Ramsay County judge to throw out a blood test result, resulting in a dismissal of the DWI charge and erasing the license revocation from her record. This was especially important because our client regularly visits Canada, and a DWI conviction would have destroyed her ability to travel. 

Urine Test DWI Victories

M.A.W. v. Comm’r of Pub. Safety. A Dakota County judge threw out our client’s urine test result of .13, after we convinced him that Minnesota’s use of urine testing is “novel and experimental in the eyes of the wider relevant scientific community.” 

State v. A.N. We convinced a Hennepin County jury to rule “not guilty” to second-degree (gross-misdemeanor) DWI, despite a urine test result over .08. 

K.A.O. v. Comm’r of Pub. Safety. We used our experience in handling urine test cases to get our client’s license back in Dakota County Court, and get the prosecutor to dismiss the DWI charges. 

DWI Test Refusal Victories

State v. J.A.B. Our client refused to submit to testing in Hennepin County, and lost his license for a year. We went to court, and beat the license revocation outright after convincing the judge his due process rights were violated by law enforcement.

DWI Forfeiture Victories

L.J.R. v. One 2007 Hummer. A Washington County judge ordered the city to return our client's brand-new 2007 Hummer after arresting him for refusing to submit to a breath test. He didn't even have to pay storage costs.

B-Card Violation Victories

Our client had a “B-card” where the presence of any alcohol while driving will result in a license cancellation. Our client tested at .06 – but we used our scientific expertise to convince a Hennepin County judge to throw the case out and restore our client’s license.