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Roadmap to Victory: Solving a Longstanding Problem

At the end of 2017 we started releasing some of the "under wraps" victories we had for our clients last year. And because the Vikings just keep winning, we thought it would be fun to compare these wins to the current rise of the Super Bowl contender Minnesota Vikings. Read More

Posted on January 10, 2018 by Daniel Koewler
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Roadmap to Victory: When Success Is Hiding In Plain Sight

We teased everyone last week that we were going to release some of the "under wraps" victories we've had for our clients over 2017. And because the Vikings are currently charging straight towards a first-round playoff bye, we thought it would be fun to compare these wins to the current rise of the soon-to-be-world-champion Minnesota Vikings. Read More

Posted on December 27, 2017 by Daniel Koewler
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Roadmap to Victory: Noticing When Something Is Missing

We teased everyone last week that we were going to release some of the "under wraps" victories we've had for our clients over 2017. And because we're also currently suffering from a bad case of drinking the purple Kool-Aid, we thought it would be fun to compare these wins to the current rise of the soon-to-be-world-champion Minnesota Vikings. Read More

Posted on December 21, 2017 by Daniel Koewler
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Roadmap to Victory (2017 in Review)

Getting a good result in a DWI case often involves going far beyond what most attorneys even consider as a defense. We've got a reputation for pioneering new defenses, which is a huge benefit to our clients. For the last few weeks in December, we're going to reveal some of the top defenses we've used to win cases for our clients -- how we were getting Ignition Interlock cases dismissed, how we can get felony DWI's dismissed, and how we are getting forfeited vehicles returned to our clients. Read More

Posted on December 15, 2017 by Daniel Koewler
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Tell Me The Odds: What Does It Take To Win A DWI Case (II)

In part three of our "Tell Me The Odds" series, we'll dig a little deeper what goes into "winning" a case, however you personally define that term. Last time we focused on legal challenges -- today, we'll focus on factual and scientific challenges. Read More

Posted on December 12, 2017 by Daniel Koewler
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Tell Me The Odds: What Does It Take To Win A DWI Case

In a previous post, we started digging into the answer to the question "what are the odds of winning my case?" We used that first post to both describe the various types of penalties that can attach to a DWI conviction before nailing down the ever-changing definition of "winning." Today, we'll outline what goes into "winning" a case, however you personally define that term. Read More

Posted on December 06, 2017 by Daniel Koewler
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Stuffing or Cuffing? Avoid Jail Over The Thanksgiving Holiday

It's here, the unofficial holiday known as "Drinksgiving." It's that night-before-Thanksgiving where old friends meet up, family members dread seeing each other the next day, and everyone seems to go to the bar. Whether you intend to celebrate Drinksgiving or not, you should know it's probably the worst night of the year to drive drunk (not that there is ever a good night to try it). Read More

Posted on November 22, 2017 by Daniel Koewler
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Tell Me The Odds: Successfully Defending A DWI Case in Minnesota

We've got a motto that guides how we handle every case at Ramsay Law Firm: "Every DWI Case is Winnable." We don't actually win every case we take on, of course -- and we certainly can't make such an impossible promise to our clients. But what we can do is approach every case like a puzzle that needs solving, where the "solution" is winning for our client. And we take that approach in every case. Read More

Posted on November 07, 2017 by Daniel Koewler
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Supreme Court Oral Arguments II: Electric Boogaloo

On October 4, we held two arguments before the Minnesota Supreme Court, addressing the impact that Minnesota's unconstitutional Implied Consent Law will have on the drivers who either refused to submit to blood or urine tests, or agreed to those tests after being threatened with the crime of refusal. We posted a video of the first oral argument earlier -- here's the second one. Read More

Posted on October 17, 2017 by Charles Ramsay
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Dusting-Off The Rules of Statutory Interpretation For DWI

Today the Minnesota Supreme Court released a decision that may not have too broad of an overall impact, but is nevertheless interesting. At issue is a narrow set of DWI cases involving "huffing while driving," and whether or not Minnesota's DWI laws currently prohibit the practice. Today the Court decided that issue. Read More

Posted on October 11, 2017 by Daniel Koewler
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Ramsay Law Firm At The Minnesota Supreme Court

While Tom Petty has moved on to a better place (and may he rest in peace) his lyrics are going to be with us forever. That includes the old gem "The Waiting Is The Hardest Part." And he was right . . . even if he wasn't exactly talking about "waiting" for a Supreme Court decision. Read More

Posted on October 06, 2017 by Charles Ramsay
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Still Essential -- Minding Your Manners Before a Breath Test

Breath alcohol testing has some benefits over blood and urine alcohol testing . . . but it also has a couple significant drawbacks. What is "mouth alcohol" and why does it invalidate a breath test result? Observe and learn . . . Read More

Posted on September 20, 2017 by Daniel Koewler
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Last Chance! MACDL Fall CLE Is This Friday!

There are still a few open spots available for the Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyer's Annual Fall CLE -- and it's one of those rare CLE's that qualify as a "must attend" event for anyone who practices criminal defense. Read More

Posted on September 14, 2017 by Daniel Koewler
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Crimmigration: Protecting our Immigrant Clients

Immigration law is in turmoil, and non-citizens facing criminal charges are at high risk for deportation, denial of green cards or citizenship, and a wide range of other disproportionate consequences. Here's how we help them preserve their lives in the United States and their places on the pathway to citizenship -- as shown in two recent negotiation victories. Read More

Posted on September 07, 2017 by Hayley Steptoe
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Minnesota Ignition Interlock Lawsuit Moves Forward

Back in February, we filed a class action lawsuit against the State of Minnesota and the various providers of ignition interlock services, based on violations of the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act and drivers' Fourth Amendment rights. Here's an update. Read More

Posted on August 22, 2017 by Daniel Koewler
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Client Burps, Judge Throws Breath Test Out, We Win (PLUS: practice tip!)

Every breath test involves an observation period to make sure a driver isn't burping, vomiting, or putting anything in their mouth that might interfere with the testing process due to "mouth alcohol." Previous case law reduced the observation period nearly to a formality. We resurrected it -- and we'll show you how! Read More

Posted on August 11, 2017 by Hayley Steptoe
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It Is Better To Have "Lived Usefully" Than To Have "Died Rich."

It's one of Ben Franklin's more memorable quotes: "I would rather have it said, 'he lived usefully,' than, 'he died rich.'" It's a sentiment that has been around, in one form or another, since humans started writing things down, and it usually boils down to the old simple cliche "you can't take it with you." So what does this have to do with DWI defense? Read More

Posted on August 09, 2017
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Ramsay Law Firm Wins Case, Defends Minnesotans' Right to Independent Alcohol Testing

A recent win for Ramsay Law Firm! So you don't trust the breath test machine the police want you to take, but they won't let you get your own blood test on your own dime. Good news, friend! Their case against you can fall apart if they don't vindicate your right to an independent test. Read More

Posted on August 03, 2017 by Hayley Steptoe
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Can the Prosecution Withhold Evidence of Innocence?

Imagine you're on trial for killing your mother. Only one witness puts you at the scene of the crime at the right time. You're convicted of second degree murder after a harrowing trial. A few days later, one of the prosecutorial team comes forward and says "Hey, actually, there's this note from our key witness, saying that he was on drugs that whole night and might not have any memory of what he saw. Oh, and we've had this note all along, but we didn't tell the defendant's lawyer because we . . Read More

Posted on August 01, 2017 by Hayley Steptoe

DWI Attorney Dan Koewler Selected for Minnesota's 2017 Super Lawyer Rising Star List

Ramsay Law Firm is pleased to announce that, once again, Dan Koewler has been selected to Minnesota's "Rising Star" list maintained by Super Lawyers. This is his fourth straight year winning this recognition. Read More

Posted on July 28, 2017 by Gina Rice
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