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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.


See what issues he is pioneering today:

  • Urine Tests

  • Blood Tests

  • Criminal Defense

  • Forfeitures

  • License Revocations & Cancellations


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Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 60%
  2. Appeals: 20%
  3. Criminal Defense: 20%



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  • Lance O'Neal Mixon

    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 and DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Jeffrey Allan Flores

    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

Contact info

Ramsay Law Firm, PLLC

2780 Snelling Avenue North
Suite 330
Roseville, MN, 55113


MNAuthorized to practice199508/14/2016

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.

  1. Suspension
    issued in MN, 2011


    This means the attorney lost his or her license to practice law for a period of time. The attorney typically returns to practicing law when the suspension expires.

Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super Lawyer -- Top 40 Criminal Defense LawyersMinnesota Law & Politics Magazine2008
Super Lawyer -- Top 40 Criminal Defense LawyersMinnesota Law & Politics Magazine2007
Super LawyerMinnesota Law & Politics Magazine2006
Super LawyerMinnesota Law & Politics Magazine2005
Super LawyerMinnesota Law & Politics Magazine2004
Super LawyerMinnesota Law & Politics Magazine2003
Super LawyerMinnesota Law & Politics Magazine2002
Super LawyerMinnesota Law & Politics Magazine2001
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
N/ARamsay Law Firm, PLLC2007 - Present
Founding PartnerRamsay, DeVore & Bennerotte, P.A.2000 - 2007
PrincipalRamsay Law Firm, P.A.1995 - 2000
Law ClerkLeighton & Crabtree, P.A.1992 - 1995
Association namePosition nameDuration
National College of DWI DefenseMember2005 - Present
Minnesota Society for Criminal JusticeMember2003 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember1997 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Westlund v. Commissioner of Public SafetyJudge threw out urine test results
State v. Netland, 762 N.W.2d 202, Minn. Supreme CourtThe Supreme Court overturned Ct of Appeals
Carroll v. Commissioner of Public SafetyJudge threw out Urine Alchol Test;
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Publication nameTitleDate
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
William Mitchell College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1995
University of Wisconsin, MadisonN/ABS - Bachelor of Science1992
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
MSCJ Annual DWI CLEClosing Arguments at Trial2010
Criminal Justice InstituteDWI Urine Alcohol Testing2010
National Source Code Continuing Education SeminarBreath Testing Source Code2008
Defending Test Refusals in MinnesotaCutting Edge Legal Defenses2008
DWI/DUI Annual CLEHot Topics In DWI/DUI Defense2007
MSCJ DWI Defense CLEHot Topics In DWI/DUI Defense2006