Charles Ramsay practices primarily in the area of criminal defense and civil forfeitures. He has obtained acquittals in nearly every type of case from DWI to murder. He prides himself on being on the cutting edge of criminal defense. He helped pioneer a number of defenses in Minnesota, including faulty eyewitness identification, false confessions and the right of a defendant to present alternative suspects to a jury. In 2006, Ramsay testified in Court about the shortcomings of breath testing devices such as the Intoxilyzer 5000.
Ramsay has created new DWI defense strategies and is making massive changes in Minnesota DUI Law. A few examples are Urine Testing, Blood Testing, The Implied Consent Law. He also has successfully challenged both the administration of tests, as well as the source code behind The Intoxilyzer 5000, the breath test machine used in Minnesota. Forty-Five years of established Minnesota DWI is in the process of dramatic change...change that can mean new opportunities for your defense!
*DWI Law Dead? -- Is the Minnesota Implied Consent Law Dead? His Appellate Victories and Supreme Court Cases!
*Blood -- Using Constitutional Right of Confrontation to Beat Blood Alcohol Testing to Win!
*Urine -- Judge Agrees: All Urine Test Results "Absurd"; Will Minnesota Urine Testing Finally Flushed Forever?
*Breath -- Ramsay Exposes Lack of Required Minimum Maintenance; Are All Intoxilyzer Results Inadmissible?
*Source Code -- He's Intervening in the Federal Law Suit vs. Intoxilyzer Manufacturer; while trial court judges have dismissed hundreds of breath test cases ...
An effective appellate lawyer, Chuck successfully litigated Genin v. 1996 Mercury Marquis before the Minnesota Supreme Court, which ruled that vehicle owners need not pay storage fees when they win their forfeiture case.
In 2004 he prevailed before the Court of Appeals in State v. Bergh. This case limits prosecutors' ability to use prior convictions and license revocations to enhance subsequent charges. In yet another case that year, Chuck represented the appellant in State v. Blom, before the Minnesota Supreme Court.
In other notable appellate victories, the Minnesota Court of Appeals held that a police officer may not stop a driver merely for swerving in his own lane of traffic in State v. Hugger, which he argued all the way to the Supreme Court. In State v. Bergerson, the appellate court recognized police officers may not purge the taint of an illegal stop of a motor vehicle when the driver attempts to flee.
Ramsay prevailed in State v. Sickmann, where he convinced the Minnesota Court of Appeals to grant Sickmann a new trial. The court agreed with Ramsay that the law which permitted blood tests to be admitted was unconstitutional as it violated the confrontation clause.
Most recently, the court of appeals agreed the DWI test refusal law is unconstitutional. Unfortunately, the state appealed the case of State v. Netland and the Supreme Court reversed the lower appellate court's decision.
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I endorse Chuck Ramsay as a DUI/DWI defense attorney in his home state of Minnesota. He is extremely knowledgeable and obviously dedicated to the profession and in assisting his clients. Chuck helped me solve an interstate driver's license question for one of my own clients in Mississippi, and I recommend the services of his law firm for anyone who needs representation in Minnesota. Lance Mixon
Lance Mixon DUI & DWI Attorney
Relationship: Worked together on matter
I have known Chuck for almost 15 years. You won't meet a sharper, more hard-charging attorney, who is also extremely personable. As for trust, if I were in trouble, Chuck is the first guy I would call!! Jeff Flores
Jeffrey Flores Criminal Defense Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
|MN||Authorized to practice||1995||06/29/2015|
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|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Super Lawyer -- Top 40 Criminal Defense Lawyers||Minnesota Law & Politics Magazine||2008|
|Super Lawyer -- Top 40 Criminal Defense Lawyers||Minnesota Law & Politics Magazine||2007|
|Super Lawyer||Minnesota Law & Politics Magazine||2006|
|Super Lawyer||Minnesota Law & Politics Magazine||2005|
|Super Lawyer||Minnesota Law & Politics Magazine||2004|
|Super Lawyer||Minnesota Law & Politics Magazine||2003|
|Super Lawyer||Minnesota Law & Politics Magazine||2002|
|Super Lawyer||Minnesota Law & Politics Magazine||2001|
|N/A||Ramsay Law Firm, PLLC||2007 - Present|
|Founding Partner||Ramsay, DeVore & Bennerotte, P.A.||2000 - 2007|
|Principal||Ramsay Law Firm, P.A.||1995 - 2000|
|Law Clerk||Leighton & Crabtree, P.A.||1992 - 1995|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|National College of DWI Defense||Member||2005 - Present|
|Minnesota Society for Criminal Justice||Member||2003 - Present|
|National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||1997 - Present|
|State v. Netland, 762 N.W.2d 202, Minn. Supreme Court||The Supreme Court overturned Ct of Appeals|
|State v. Pernell, 2008 WL 123944 (Minn. Ct. App., 2008), Rev'w Granted (Mar. 28, 2008)||Upheld Conviction; Supreme Ct Granted Review|
|State v. Sickmann, 2008 WL 123944 (Minn. Ct. App 2006)||Minnesota Court of Appeals Overturnned Conviction|
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|MINNESOTA CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION (CLE). MN DWI Deskbook||Hot Topics in DWI Law||2009|
|William Mitchell College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1995|
|University of Wisconsin, Madison||N/A||BS - Bachelor of Science||1992|
|MSCJ Annual DWI CLE||Closing Arguments at Trial||2010|
|Criminal Justice Institute||DWI Urine Alcohol Testing||2010|
|National Source Code Continuing Education Seminar||Breath Testing Source Code||2008|
|Defending Test Refusals in Minnesota||Cutting Edge Legal Defenses||2008|
|DWI/DUI Annual CLE||Hot Topics In DWI/DUI Defense||2007|
|MSCJ DWI Defense CLE||Hot Topics In DWI/DUI Defense||2006|