Does Our Breath Deserve 4th Amendment Protection?

In this post, we focus on whether breath testingâ??as opposed to blood or urine testingâ??is (or should be) protected by the Fourth Amendment. Read More

Posted on September 24, 2014

Minnesota Supreme Court Hears Bernard Oral Arguments

Yesterday, in State v. Bernard the Minnesota Supreme Court was presented with a fundamental question that has been brewing in Minnesota: is it constitutional to criminally punish one's refusal to waive their Fourth Amendment rights against a warrantless search of their breath? Read More

Posted on September 05, 2014

Texas Finds Per Se DWI Search Statute Unconstitutional

If we told you Texans were smarter than Minnesotans, you would laugh all the way to the Alamo. Read More

Posted on August 15, 2014

Minnesota Supreme Court Sets Oral Arguments On Bernard Case

The Minnesota Supreme Court just scheduled oral arguments in the case of State v. Read More

Posted on July 31, 2014 by Daniel Koewler

"Consent to Search" To Breath Test Case Granted Review in the Wake of Brooks

Six months ago the Minnesota Supreme Court issued its decision in State v. Read More

Posted on July 28, 2014 by Daniel Koewler
Posted on July 22, 2014 by Daniel Koewler

Dan Koewler Selected to the Rising Star List By Super Lawyers Magazine

Daniel J. Koewler

Ramsay Law Firm is proud to announce that Dan Koewler was recently selected to the 2014 Minnesota "Rising Star" list maintained by Super Lawyers. Each year, no more than 2.5% of the lawyers in the State of Minnesota are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive th Read More

Posted on July 16, 2014 by Charles Ramsay

Supreme Court Upholds Integrity of the Warrant Requirement

Today, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) issued its long-awaited decision regarding the warrantless search of cell phones by law enforcement. Read More

Posted on June 25, 2014 by Daniel Koewler

Minnesota Supreme Court Rules "Necessity" Defense Does Not Apply to DWI

Today, the Minnesota Supreme Court released its decision in the case of Axelberg v. Read More

Posted on May 21, 2014 by Daniel Koewler
Posted on May 20, 2014 by Daniel Koewler

Another Shot Fired Over the Constitutionality of Minnesota's DWI Test Refusal Law

Minnesota is one of very few states that make it a crime to refuse to submit to a DWI test - the vast majority of states simply impose a longer license revocation against drivers who refuse. Read More

Posted on May 19, 2014 by Daniel Koewler

Breaking News: Minnesota Supreme Court to Rule on Necessity Defense in DWI Cases This Wednesday

Last August, the Minnesota Supreme Court accepted several cases dealing with Minnesota's DWI laws. Read More

Posted on May 19, 2014 by Daniel Koewler

Governor Dayton Signs Extensive Expungement Bill

Today, Governor Mark Dayton signed into law a comprehensive new bill that is designed to make it much easier for people convicted of a crime to seal the record of their conviction, an action referred to as an "expungement. Read More

Posted on May 14, 2014 by Daniel Koewler

State of Minnesota's DWI Test Refusal Law In Flux

Things are getting even more interesting when it comes to Minnesota's DWI Test Refusal law. Read More

Posted on May 07, 2014 by Daniel Koewler

SCOTUS Releases Navarette Decision Regarding Traffic Stops

Today the United State Supreme Court issued their decision in the case of Navarette v. Read More

Posted on April 22, 2014 by Daniel Koewler

Constitutional Crisis Crescendos: Future of Minnesota's DWI Laws More Uncertain Than Ever

We previously wondered if Minnesota was in the midst of a Constitutional Crisis due to the constantly shifting nature of how the Constitution has been interpreted in DWI cases. Read More

Posted on March 26, 2014 by Daniel Koewler

Lawyers Weigh In On The "Inevitable Warrant" Doctrine

We've already pointed out the Constitutional Crisis that is brewing in Minnesota. Read More

Posted on March 24, 2014 by Daniel Koewler

Is There A Constitutional Crisis Brewing in Minnesota?

"The point of the Fourth Amendment which often is not grasped by zealous officers is not that it denies law enforcement the support of the usual inferences which reasonable men draw from evidence. Read More

Posted on March 18, 2014 by Daniel Koewler

Blind Reliance on Roadside Tests and a Cop's Word

As Will Lerner reports for Yahoo, it was a flat 0.00 on the breath test. It was a big negative on the blood test. Read More

Posted on February 26, 2014 by Daniel Koewler

Should Drivers Get One Free Swerve?

That was the question once posed by Chief Justice John Roberts: Do drivers get "one free swerve| before the police can pull them over? Or is an anonymous tip of impaired or reckless driving enough to justify the stop?

Last October, Mark Sherman with the Associated Press gave us this Roberts quote: Read More

Posted on February 19, 2014 by Daniel Koewler
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