When is a Refusal Not a Refusal?

Not everyone who is charged with a refusal has actually refused to test. There are legal, scientific, and common sense reasons to examine when defending against a refusal charge. Let's explore them here. Read More

Posted on April 10, 2023 by Charles Ramsay

Minnesota Ignition Interlock and Out-of-State DWI?

Our previous blog post discussed situations where a Minnesota driver is charged with a DWI under Wisoncon's DWI laws, and possible challenges to any license revocation. This post discusses the flip side of that scenario -- if you DO lose your Minnesota license due to an out-of-state DWI, can you get back behind the wheel on the ignition interlock program? It's harder than you think. Read More

Posted on December 16, 2021 by Charles Ramsay

Can Minnesota Revoke or Suspend My Driver's License for a Wisconsin OWI?

Wisconsin’s statutory scheme does not conform to Minnesota’s laws, and it appears that license revocations and suspensions arising from Wisconsin’s laws should not be used to suspend or revoke one’s Minnesota license . . . if handled properly both in Wisconsin and in Minnesota. Read More

Posted on December 02, 2021 by Charles Ramsay

Impaired Driving, Marijuana, and You

It’s easy to live in a comfortable black-and-white world until reality forces us to see the color gray. One example of our gray reality is being arrested and charged with a crime. Even the most die-hard law-and-order types, who say that if you can’t do the time, don’t do the crime, will suddenly want the best lawyer money can buy if they find themselves accused of bad behavior. Now let's talk about pot. Read More

Posted on March 09, 2021 by Charles Ramsay

Start Me Up!

For the first time in over a decade, Minnesota is seeing defense attorneys fight with the State of Minnesota over access to the source code that governs almost every aspect of our fleet of breath test instruments. We're already getting license revocations thrown out of court -- here's how (and why). Read More

Posted on February 11, 2021 by Charles Ramsay

Victory Lap: Beating Breath Tests That Are Over Twice the Legal Limit

Winning a DWI case for our clients in Minnesota sometimes requires us to take hard look at "bad" case law, find a way to flip those bad cases on their heads, and hopefully end up creating new defenses for both our current clients and future clients. Here's one example, where we obtained two "not guilty" verdicts for clients who were twice the legal limit. Read More

Posted on December 05, 2018 by Charles Ramsay

Victory Lap: Leading the Pack and Finishing Strong

We've said it before, and we'll say it again -- we only post a fraction of our victories on this website. We're primarily attorneys, not website developers, and we know that no matter how hard we work, we can always find a way to be more creative, more aggressive, and craft new ways to help our clients out of a bad situation. Here are three examples. Read More

Posted on November 14, 2018 by Charles Ramsay

If You Love Something, Set It Free

We recently won a significant victory for our client when we convinced the Court of Appeals to strike down Minnesota's DWI Forfeiture Law as unconstitutional. But this win was much broader than one case -- it potentially impacts all pending and future DWI forfeitures. That poses a problem. Read More

Posted on April 11, 2018 by Charles Ramsay

Keeping Your Record Clean From The Consequences Of A DWI

The state of the law regarding DWI's in Minnesota is always uncertain; the legislature passes new laws, we raise new challenges to those laws, and the cycle continues. But if there is one constant when it comes to DWIs, its that the consequences for being convicted of a DWI are only getting more and more severe. Read More

Posted on February 06, 2018 by Charles Ramsay

Tell Me The Odds: What Does It Take To Win A DWI Case (II)

In part three of our "Tell Me The Odds" series, we'll dig a little deeper what goes into "winning" a case, however you personally define that term. Last time we focused on legal challenges -- today, we'll focus on factual and scientific challenges. Read More

Posted on December 12, 2017 by Charles Ramsay

Tell Me The Odds: What Does It Take To Win A DWI Case

In a previous post, we started digging into the answer to the question "what are the odds of winning my case?" We used that first post to both describe the various types of penalties that can attach to a DWI conviction before nailing down the ever-changing definition of "winning." Today, we'll outline what goes into "winning" a case, however you personally define that term. Read More

Posted on December 06, 2017 by Charles Ramsay

Tell Me The Odds: Successfully Defending A DWI Case in Minnesota

We've got a motto that guides how we handle every case at Ramsay Law Firm: "Every DWI Case is Winnable." We don't actually win every case we take on, of course -- and we certainly can't make such an impossible promise to our clients. But what we can do is approach every case like a puzzle that needs solving, where the "solution" is winning for our client. And we take that approach in every case. Read More

Posted on November 07, 2017 by Charles Ramsay

Working With The Best DWI Lawyers In Minnesota: My Thanksgiving Gratitude

With Thanksgiving tomorrow, it is nice to take a moment to think about what you are thankful for. Read More

Posted on November 23, 2016 by Jay Adkins
Posted on October 03, 2016 by Jay Adkins

Minnesota's Prescription DWI Drug Laws Can Snare Even Innocent Conduct

A 37-year veteran of the Minnesota Attorney General's Office and staunch proponent of aggressive DWI laws may have been guilty of breaking Minnesota's DWI laws without even realizing it. Read More

Posted on September 21, 2016 by Charles Ramsay

Brady Violations and . . .

Earlier this week, we used a memorable scene from "My Cousin Vinny" to discuss Brady violations. Read More

Posted on August 17, 2016 by Jay Adkins

"He's Not Allowed Any Surprises."

Most have seen the 1992 comedy "My Cousin Vinny," starring Joe Pesci and Marisa Tomei. Read More

Posted on August 12, 2016 by Jay Adkins
Showing Results 1 - 17 of 17
Now viewing:
Legal Defenses
RSS Feed


DWI defense that you can trust. Hundreds of satisfied clients chose Ramsay Law Firm since 1995 - contact us and find out why.