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Q: Is it a crime to drive after consuming marijuana/THC/cannabis products?

Q: Is it a crime to drive after consuming marijuana/THC/cannabis products? A: It depends. Read More

Posted on August 18, 2022 by Charles Ramsay
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Meet Shauna Kieffer

Ramsay Law Firm is delighted to announce the addition of Shauna Kieffer to the firm. Her extensive trial experience and aggressive mindset will only improve the service provided to all clients of Ramsay Law Firm. Read More

Posted on August 16, 2022 by Charles Ramsay
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New Inside Information Renders Minnesota Breath Test Results Invalid

Anyone with a test result of .10 or below could actually been below the legal limit. This also applies to those charged with being twice the legal limit (which brings significantly enhanced penalties) and commercial drivers (who face a legal limit of 0.04). Read More

Posted on August 03, 2022 by Charles Ramsay
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Legal Pot Sneaks Into Minnesota

How are you going to celebrate your Independence Day? Read More

Posted on July 01, 2022 by Daniel Koewler
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Jail Time for First Time DWI: Inflation Strikes Minnesota

For quite some time, only pilots, CDL holders, physicians, international travelers, and those with security clearances had reason to be concerned about the consequences of a first-time DWI arrest. Now, everyone should be worried. Read More

Posted on January 17, 2022 by Charles Ramsay
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Hay You, Do You Need(le) A Lawyer?

When you’re looking for an answer to a tricky problem, people will often say that they’re having as much trouble as “looking for a needle in a haystack.” That’s a bad situation to be in . . . but what’s worse is when other people try to “help” you with your problem by doing nothing other than give you more hay, when what you really need is just a needle. Read More

Posted on January 07, 2022 by Charles Ramsay
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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
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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
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Grateful for More Source Code Victories!

This Thanksgiving season some of our current clients have a lot to celebrate: In the last month we have had three judges throw out our client’s breath test results because of our "source code" issue. Read More

Posted on November 23, 2021 by Charles Ramsay
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Doctors of DWI Defense?

"A PhD in DWI defense implies that we’re at the top of our game – that we are the experts in DWI defense." Read More

Posted on November 15, 2021 by Charles Ramsay
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BREAKING NEWS: MINNESOTA MAY ONCE AGAIN BE USING BLOOD TEST KITS UNDER A MANUFACTURER RECALL

It's been a few years since a manufacturing error has caused problems for blood alcohol testing in Minnesota . . . but here we are. We've been provided with what appears to be a valid recall notice for the type of tube used in Minnesota BCA testing kits. The notice is dated June 4, 2021, and impacts kits that expire in September of 2022. Read More

Posted on July 28, 2021 by Charles Ramsay
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Minnesota Retires Whiskey Plates -- IMMEDIATELY!

Just in time for the Fourth of July, here's some independence to celebrate: Minnesota just eliminated special series "whiskey plates" in almost every circumstance. Read More

Posted on July 02, 2021 by Charles Ramsay
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No More Whiskey Plates! More Ignition Interlock!

Does Minnesota still need so-called "whiskey plates?" Nobody seems to have a good reason for keeping them around, yet they still exist. For now. Read More

Posted on May 03, 2021 by Charles Ramsay
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Are Stoned Drivers Safe Drivers?

Minnesota continues to struggle over whether or not to legalize recreational marijuana. Proponents point to significant tax revenues, as well as all of the money the criminal justice system will save, while adding that the drug itself is arguably no more dangerous that alcohol. Opponents fear an increase in crime, including driving while impaired by drugs (DUID). Is that a legitimate concern? Read More

Posted on April 21, 2021 by Charles Ramsay
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Facing Drug-related DWI Charges? Your Prescription Might Not Matter

Minnesota's Supreme Court recently issued a ruling addressing what the governement does (and does not) have to prove when charging someone with a DWI based upon a driver's use of prescription drugs. And you'd be surprised how easy it can be to be charged with a DWI just for taking your prescription according to your doctors directions. Read More

Posted on April 14, 2021 by Charles Ramsay
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Three Beers, Two Shots, and Retrograde Extrapolation

When a DWI alcohol test is taken more than 2 hours after driving, there are solid scientific reasons to discard that test result -- primarily the fact that the government is going to try to "fill in the blanks" with that test result in a very unscientific manner. We wrote the playbook on fighting these types of tests, and your choice of attorney may be the difference between a lucky victory and . . . a different end result. Read More

Posted on March 29, 2021 by Charles Ramsay
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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
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Restorative Justice for Minnesota’s Veterans

"Specialty Courts" are becoming less special and more common across Minnesota And the trend is providing a great deal of long-overdue care for our veterans. Read More

Posted on March 03, 2021 by Charles Ramsay
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The Cat Filter Hearing and the Right to Confront Your Accusers

The COVID pandemic continues to impact Minnesota's criminal justice system. Sometimes in obvious ways, sometimes in ways that may surprise you. As usual, it's up to defense attorneys to make sure their clients don't get thrown under the COVID bus. Read More

Posted on February 26, 2021 by Charles Ramsay
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Is the War on Science Over? Why We’re Optimistic

A "strict liability" crime is one where it doesn't matter what you intended to do -- if the government can prove you did it, you're guilty. It's the type of crime where the strength of the State's evidence is of the utmost importance; we shouldn't be convicting people of strict liability crimes on substandard evidence. Substandard scientific evidence has always been the foe in the scientific war that's raged in Court for decades. Read More

Posted on February 22, 2021 by Charles Ramsay
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