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 a lot. 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," because that's the only way to put our clients in the best position to see results.

Here's a sampling of the types of cases we've won -- not even close to the full amount, but 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 we convinced to rule in favor of our clients.

But 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

  • State v. R.W.S.


    St. Louis County reduced this client's Count I from a 2nd Degree DWI to a 3rd Degree DWI and dismissed the other counts.

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  • State v. K.M.H.


    Our client was arrested for DWI in Otter Tail County and had a breath alcohol concentration of 0.11. We took the case to trial, where the jury found our client not guilty on all counts -- both Driving While under the Influence of Alcohol and Driving with an Alcohol Concentration of 0.08 or More.

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  • H.K.O. v. Commissioner of Public Safety

    March 31, 2017

    Charged with a 3rd Degree DWI, our client faced a one year revocation as well as the impoundment of their plates. In the middle of the Implied Consent hearing, before the Judge had to decide whether we prevailed, the case was concluded and our client's revocation was reduced from one year to 90 days, and the requirement that he drive with whiskey plates was removed.

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  • State v. S.M.S.


    On the eve of trial, this prosecutor in Hennepin County agreed to reduce our client's 2nd Degree DWI charge to a Careless Driving charge.

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  • K.L.B. v. Commissioner of Public Safety


    Our issue here was the validity, reliability, and accuracy of the breath test under Minn. Stat. § 169A.53 subd. 3 (b) (10), specifically the observation period. Here, this Hennepin County judge found that prosecution did not make a prima facie case, and the judge reinstated our client's driving privileges.

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  • State v. D.A.B.


    In Dakota County, our client's Count I was amended from a 3rd Degree DWI to Careless Driving and the other Counts were dismissed.

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


    Hennepin County judge threw out our client's alleged violation of ignition interlock after we proved that he did not consume alcohol

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  • State v. S.D.S.


    This Olmsted County Judge granted our motion to dismiss a 0.15 blood test results in a DWI case.

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  • State v. A.J.Z.


    Our client was charged with a Gross Misdemeanor, Third Degree DWI for driving with an alcohol concentration of .16 or more in Ramsey County. Despite his .25 breath test result, we convinced the prosecutor to dismiss the Gross Misdemeanor charges and our client pleaded to the less serious Misdemeanor charge of Fourth Degree DWI.

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  • T.J.H. v. Comm'r of Public Safety


    An Olmsted County judge ruled that our client's repeated request to go to the bathroom did not constitute breath test refusal under Minn. Stat. § 169A.53, and our client's driving privileges were restored.

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  • State v. B.K.J.


    An Olmsted County judge found that our client was not afforded a reasonable opportunity to contact and consult with an attorney of her own choosing before deciding whether to submit to chemical testing and that she did not have access to a working telephone prior to being presented with the choice of whether to submit to the chemical testing. Consequently, evidence of her refusal to submit to a chemical test was suppressed.

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  • P.R.M. v. Comm'r of Public Safety


    This Hennepin County Judge ruled that our client's breath test (0.188) was too inaccurate to prove that the State could revoke his driver's license for being twice the legal limit of 0.16.

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


    Our Dakota County client was enrolled in the Ignition Interlock program after being convicted of DWI. She contacted our firm after her conviction because the Minnesota DMV wanted to extend her cancellation due to alleged failed tests with the interlock device. We convinced the Dakota County Judge to throw out her alleged violations of the ignition interlock program.

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  • B.K.J. v. Comm'r of Public Safety


    The Olmsted County Court found that our client was physically unable to provide a sufficient breath sample, and because the officer failed to request an alternative test for our client, the test refusal charge was not upheld.

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  • D.A.B. v. Commissioner of Public Safety


    Our client was revoked after failing a breath test. She hired us to get her license back -- and we did, by using our scientific background to convince the judge that even though our client's alcohol concentration was reported to be over the 0.08 legal limit, the machine that tested her breath was too inaccurate to support the revocation.

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  • D.M.C. v. Comm'r of Public Safety


    Our client was deemed to have refused chemical testing by her conduct. We proved that she was physically unable to give sufficient breath samples, although she asked more than once during the breath testing if there was any other test she could take. (An independent blood test with a result of .018 was conducted three hours after the time of arrest.) After establishing physical inability to test, the revocation of her driving privileges for test refusal were rescinded.

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  • J.L.W. v. Comm'r of Public Safety


    The revocation of the Petitioner's driver's license was rescinded. Petitioner asserted that she was unlawfully seized; there was no probable cause to believe she was driving, operating, or in physical control of a motor vehicle while impaired; and there was no basis to lawfully arrest her for driving while impaired. See Minn. Stat. § 169A.53, subds. 3(b)(1) (probable cause) and (2) (lawful arrest).

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  • State v. C.B.S.


    Our client was charged with DWI after a blood test showed an alcohol concentration of 0.155. This blood test was taken slightly more than two hours after our client had been driving, and the State wanted to use "reverse extrapolation" to prove that he was over the legal limit of 0.08. We used our scientific background to convince the judge to throw the 0.15 blood test results out and dismiss the DWI charge.

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  • State of Minnesota v. T.G.J.


    The Defendant's Motion to Suppress was granted. Anyone who drives a motor vehicle in the state of Minnesota is subject to the implied consent law.

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  • T.G.J. v. Comm'r of Public Safety


    The petition for reinstatement of Petitioner's driving license was granted. The suspension of Petitioner's driving privileges was rescinded. Petitioner sought reinstatement of his suspended driver's license arguing that the suspension was without due process of law. [...] The issue before the Court was whether Minn. Stat. § 171.19 violated Petitioner's constitutional right to due process of law by not providing a prompt post-suspension review.

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Appellate Court Victories

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


    Another victory at the Minnesota Court of Appeals! The appellate court overturned the trial court and held that the police seized him without reasonable, articulable suspicion of criminal activity.

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  • State v. Thompson


    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


    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


    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. Because 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 Canda, 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 say “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.