Getting Back Your Vehicle
Getting Back Your Vehicle
One of the most painful consequences of a DWI arrest happens when the State tries to seize your vehicle for profit. After your home, your vehicle is likely the most expensive asset you own. Whether its the SUV you use to transport your kids, the motorcycle you've been taking out on the road every summer since your 20's, or the boat you've used to make so many family memories, Minnesotans have a special place in their hearts for their vehicles. Which is what makes Minnesota's DWI forfeiture law so harsh.
Just because the State took your vehicle, it doesn't mean they get to keep it. Like everything else about a DWI case, there are many ways to successfully fight a vehicle forfeiture. Forfeiture cases can be surprisingly complex, but that just means that we have many different opportunities to get your vehicle back. Along the way, we'll also work to make sure the State is responsible for any storage costs that may have accrued after they took your vehicle.
Don't wait for your court date to start worrying about your vehicle. When the State seizes a vehicle for forfeiture, they're acting outside the traditional judicial system -- they are taking your property without first providing you with a hearing. If you wait too long to challenge a vehicle forfeiture, the opportunity will be gone, and the State will get to keep your vehicle whatever the outcome of the underlying DWI case. There is nothing more frustrating for us than to successfully get a DWI charge dismissed . . . only to see our client still lose their vehicle, because they didn't contact us soon enough to challenge the forfeiture. Please, don't make that mistake.
When you call Ramsay Law Firm, you're not a "customer," you're our client. And to us, that makes you the most important person in the world. Feel free to check out our website. It will likely answer at least some of the questions you have (that's why we built it in the first place). When you're ready to talk about what we can do to get your vehicle back, please give us a call, or use one of the contact forms on the website. We're looking forward to helping you.
How Do I Get My Forfeited Vehicle Back
Dan Koewler of Ramsay Law Firm describes the DWI vehicle forfeiture procedure in Minnesota, and some potential defenses.
Minnesota 2016 DWI Attorneys of the Year
In 2016, Minnesota Lawyer formally released their list of selections for Attorney of the Year. Both Chuck and Dan were jointly recognized as Attorneys of the Year for their efforts and successes in challenging Minnesota's DWI breath test program, and for their ability to use scientific principles to win cases for their clients.