RESULTS ARE WHAT SEPARATE US FROM EVERYONE ELSE

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

  • K.I.R. v. Comm'r of Public Safety

    09/30/19

    The State revoked our client’s driver’s license after arresting him for DWI. After reviewing the video recordings we were able to prove that the officer did not administer the breath test pursuant to his training and the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension’s standards by failing to conduct a proper observation period. For that reason, our client's license revocation disappeared.

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  • State v. N.H.

    09/25/19

    Troopers believed our client was under the influence of marijuana. They obtained a search warrant to obtain his blood to have it tested for THC. Troopers mailed the blood vials to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) for testing. Unfortunately, both tubes were damaged during mailing and the BCA was unable to analyze the blood sample. We were sure the test results would prove our client was innocent, and were obviously disappointed to learn the evidence had been destroyed.

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  • State v. M.C.W.

    08/14/19

    Our client was charged with gross misdemeanor Driving After Cancellation. We demonstrated that our client never received a notice of cancellation from the Department of Public Safety and convinced the State to dismiss all criminal charges against our client. This was a total win for a very happy client. We are also grateful for the reasonable and ethical prosecutor who dismissed the case.

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  • State v. A.D.P.

    07/09/19

    Our client was arrested after a car accident for Driving While Impaired after a breath test revealed an alcohol concentration of 0.22. They revoked our client’s drivers license for one year charged our client with gross misdemeanor. After successfully challenging the license revocation our client’s driving rights were fully restored and the matter was removed from his driving record. Now this week, Chuck Ramsay convinced the jury to acquit A.D.P. of criminal charges with a Not Guilty verdict

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  • L.M.L. v. Comm'r of Public Safety

    06/07/19

    The State cancelled our client’s driver’s license for an alleged ignition interlock violation. Based on our experience and extensive training we scoured the data uncovering evidence that the machine had measured a substance other than ethyl alcohol and reported a false positive. We won our challenge, and the violation was thrown out.

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  • N.F.T. v. Comm'r of Public Safety

    06/07/19

    Our client’s license was cancelled by the State due an alleged positive test result on his ignition interlock device. After receiving our client’s ignition interlock logs, we uncovered evidence to prove that it was not our client’s fault that the device registered a “positive” test result. We won our challenge and the violation was thrown out.

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  • W.A.F. v. Comm'r of Public Safety

    05/30/19

    The State cancelled our client’s driver’s license for not having blown 30 times in a month which resulted in an alleged ignition interlock violation. We combed through the machine’s usage logs and analyzed the data. We were able to demonstrate that reasonable minds could differ, and that by looking at the information from another angle that our client actually met the minimum of 30 breath samples in a month. We won our challenge, and the violation was thrown out.

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  • J.J.H. v. Comm'r of Pub;ic Safety

    05/24/19

    The State cancelled our client’s driver’s license for an alleged ignition interlock violation. We dug through our client’s ignition interlock logs, and uncovered all the evidence we needed to prove that it was not our client’s fault that the device produced a “positive” test. We won our challenge, and the violation was thrown out.

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  • STATE V. C.M.C.

    04/26/19

    Our client was charged with gross misdemeanor DWI test refusal. “Was” charged . . . because those charges have since been dismissed. After we successfully challenged the State’s attempt to revoke this client’s license, we leveraged that victory to convince the State to dismiss all criminal charges against our client. This was a total win for a very happy client.

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  • A.M.P. v. Comm’r of Public Safety

    04/12/19

    The State cancelled our client’s driver’s license for an alleged ignition interlock violation. We used our experience and determination to dig through our client’s ignition interlock logs, and uncovered all the evidence we needed to prove that it was not our client’s fault that the device produced a “positive” test. We won our challenge, and the violation was thrown out.

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  • C.M.C. v. Comm’r of Public Safety

    04/08/19

    The State revoked our client’s driver’s license after arresting him, in his friend's home, for DWI. We challenged the warrantless entry into his friend's home, and convinced the judge that the police violated our client’s constitutional rights. Click Read More to see how the Judge ruled.

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  • State v. M.A.B.

    02/28/19

    Our client was charged with 3rd Degree DWI Test Refusal. With a Chemical Health Assessment, as well as completion of a MADD Panel, we were able to negotiate a careless driving with the State.

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  • A.K.W. v. Comm'r of Public Safety

    02/20/19

    The State revoked our client’s driver’s license for 1 year after a breath test result of .08. At the Implied Consent hearing, we aggressively attacked errors that we found in the "raw data" (information that is not printed on the actual test result). At the end of the hearing, the judge agreed with us when we said this test was untrustworthy and threw out the license revocation.

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  • K.J.A. v. One 2008 Toyota Matrix

    02/20/19

    The State arrested our client for 2nd degree DWI, and in the process went ahead and seized our client's Toyota Matrix. We challenged the State's attempt to forfeit our client's vehicle for profit. We won yet another forfeiture case, and the judge ordered the prompt return of his vehicle. Best of all, our client will NOT be liable for any storage fees and our client will be refunded all filing fees.

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  • State v. M.E.E.

    12/04/18

    Our client was charged with 2nd Degree DWI, after a breath test reported a breath test result of .17. This is one of our favorite types of cases to defend -- most of the reason why we were selected as Attorneys of the Year in 2016 was due to our successes at bringing to light the inaccuracies of Minnesota's breath testing machines. In this case, we went all the way to trial, where we earned a verdict of not guilty for our client -- getting our client's vehicle back in the process!

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  • J.C.O. v. Comm'r of Pub. Safety

    11/08/18

    The State revoked our client's drivers license for a full year after a breath test reported a result of 0.18. Even though out client was given access to a telephone and phone books while at the jail, we convinced the judge to throw out the license revocation entirely due to violations of our client's right to consult with an attorney.

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  • M.A.B. v. Comm'r of Public Safety

    10/01/18

    The State revoked our client’s driver’s license for 1 year for refusing a breath test, even though our client immediately changed her mind and wanted to take the test. The Judge agreed that this was not really a refusal, finding that the “Petitioner effectively cured her refusal” and gave our client back her full driving privileges.

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  • State v. R.W.K.

    06/04/18

    After four long years of litigation, we managed to convince the State to drop the 4th Degree DWI (Blood test of .15) to a Careless Driving Plea. This charge, with no executed jail time, and fines under $800 is a major win for Ramsay Law Firm.

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  • State v. E.I.H.

    05/22/18

    This was a major win for Ramsay Law Firm. Our client came to us with a BrAC of .12, plus a prior, and a charge of Third Degree DWI. We were able to win over the Judge and suppress his breath test results based on the State failing to vindicate his right to counsel.

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  • State v. J.C.I.

    05/16/18

    Our client was charged with a Fourth Degree DWI Charge when he blew a .11 BrAC. With a Chemical Health Assessment, as well as a MADD Impact Panel completed, we were able to convince the State to drop the charges to a Careless Driving Plea.

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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.