Probation Violation

Ryan Saves Client Prison Sentence (2016)

Ryan represented S.J. on her fourth probation violation on a felony drug case. The government requested a very long executed jail sentence due to the client’s repeated failed drug tests and admissions to drug use. After an extended hearing where Ryan Garry proffered many mitigating factors, the Judge denied the government’s request and released S.J….

The Charges:

Felony Drug Charge

The Outcome:

Released From Custody

State v. T.S.

Not Guilty Verdicts on Drug Case (2016)

Our client was charged with transporting 87 pounds of high grade marijuana from California to Minnesota. Department of Homeland Security, FBI, and local law enforcement investigated the case and charged our client with felony level drug distribution. We fought the case at every level, and eventually took the case to jury trial. Federal and local…

The Charges:

Felony Drug Distribution

The Outcome:

Not Guilty

State v. P.V.

Felony Drug Case Dismissed (2016)

Our client was charged with felony drug sale. We challenged the conviction on multiple grounds, one of which was reason for the traffic stop and probable cause. Ryan cross-examined two investigators on the stand, one of whom refused to answer questions about the investigation. We argued that reasonable articulable suspicion needed to be “articulable.” The…

The Charges:

Felony Drug Sale

The Outcome:

Case Dismissed

State v. R.D.

First Degree Drug Case – No Jail Time (2015)

Our client was charged with First Degree Controlled Substance (Sale of Cocaine) for selling a large amount of marijuana and cocaine to an undercover police officer. This was his second felony drug offense and thus he was subject to the mandatory minimum sentence of 48 months in prison. Mr. Garry challenged certain evidence in this…

The Charges:

First Degree Drug Sale

The Outcome:

No jail time

State v. N.J.

First Degree Drug Charges Dismissed: Client walks free, avoids 86 months in prison (2014)

Our client was charged with First Degree Possession and Sale of a Controlled Substance (mushrooms). The criminal charges carried a presumptive prison commitment of 86 months (meaning that if our client, who had no criminal history, would have been convicted of the charges, he would have gone to prison for 86 months). On the date…

The Charges:

First Degree Drug Sale, Second Degree Drug Possession

The Outcome:

Case Dismissed

State v. T.J.

No Random Testing in a Felony Drug Case (2012)

Despite the government’s and probation department’s insisting on requiring Ryan and Elizabeth’s client to submit to random alcohol and drug tests for five years, at the sentencing hearing in Stearns County, Elizabeth was able to convince the judge not to impose this condition as a requirement of probation, saving the client hundreds of dollars and…

The Charges:

Felony Possession of Marijuana

The Outcome:

No Random Drug or Alcohol Testing

State v. A.M.

Expungement of First Degree Drug Case Granted! (2011)

The government wrongfully charged Ryan’s client with selling cocaine to an undercover federal agent. He was charged with First Degree Controlled Substance and his presumptive prison commitment was 86 months. Ryan and his investigators conducted an exhaustive and scientific investigation in the case, and proved to the judge that the DEA and FBI had actually…

The Charges:

First Degree Sale of Cocaine

The Outcome:

Expungement Granted

State v. A.M.

First Degree Drug Charges Dismissed! (2010)

Ryan’s client was investigated by the United States Department of Justice and the DEA. After the U.S. Attorney’s Office rejected the prosecution, the case was charged by the Dakota County Attorney’s Office. The government claimed that Ryan’s client purchased drugs from a confidential informant (snitch); however, they failed to properly retain evidence and investigate their…

The Charges:

First Degree Controlled Substance (Sale) of Meth

The Outcome:

Charges Dismissed

State v. J.H.S.

Rare Downward Departure Motion Granted in Drug Case (2010)

At sentencing, Ryan successfully argued to keep his client from serving 86 months in prison on a First Degree Controlled Substance (Sale) case. In Beltrami County, it is extremely rare for a judge to grant mercy and not send a person to prison for the most serious drug dealing crime one could be charged with….

The Charges:

First Degree Controlled Substance (Sale of Meth)

The Outcome:

Downward Departure Motion Granted

State v. G.

Controlled Substance and Fleeing Charges Dismissed (2008)

Ryan’s client’s former lawyer suggested he take a “diversion” plea agreement. Ryan reviewed the Hennepin County case and filed motions to dismiss. Shortly after filing the motions, Ryan convinced the State to dismiss ALL of the charges prior to trial because the police officer’s search of Ryan’s client was illegal.

The Charges:

Felony Controlled Substance, Fleeing a Peace Officer

The Outcome:

Charges Dismissed