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Pushing Back Against the Concept of "As Measured Within Two Hours of Driving" When Defending DWI Cases in Minnesota

Driving while impaired by alcohol -- or snowmobiling while impaired, or boating while impaired -- can and does lead to a lot of unnecessary death and destruction. But too often, a tragic death (or narrowly avoided injury) can lead the State to the unjustified use of junk science to try and obtain a conviction. It happens . . . but not on our watch. Read More

Posted on December 13, 2018 by Charles Ramsay
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Victory Lap: Beating Breath Tests That Are Over Twice the Legal Limit

Winning a DWI case for our clients in Minnesota sometimes requires us to take hard look at "bad" case law, find a way to flip those bad cases on their heads, and hopefully end up creating new defenses for both our current clients and future clients. Here's one example, where we obtained two "not guilty" verdicts for clients who were twice the legal limit. Read More

Posted on December 05, 2018 by Charles Ramsay
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How To Avoid A DWI Arrest On Thanksgiving Weekend In Minnesota

Since before I graduated high school it's been a Minnesotan tradition (and undoubtedly a nationwide tradition as well) to hit the bars on the Wednesday night before Thanksgiving. Some people are meeting up with friends they haven't seen for a year, others are starting Thanksgiving early with the "fun" relatives, and some are just building the solid hangover they intend to carry through the next day's turkey and stuffing meal. Read More

Posted on November 21, 2018 by Daniel Koewler
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Victory Lap: Leading the Pack and Finishing Strong

We've said it before, and we'll say it again -- we only post a fraction of our victories on this website. We're primarily attorneys, not website developers, and we know that no matter how hard we work, we can always find a way to be more creative, more aggressive, and craft new ways to help our clients out of a bad situation. Here are three examples. Read More

Posted on November 14, 2018 by Charles Ramsay
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Ramsay Law Firm Formally Announces Dan Koewler As Partner

This is old news to our clients but new news to the public: Dan Koewler, who has been with Ramsay Law Firm since 2008, is now publicly a partner with Ramsay Law Firm! He has been integral to our growth and our successes since he first started out as an attorney, and we're proud to have him as a partner. Read More

Posted on October 29, 2018 by Charles Ramsay
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Another Blow To Forfeiture Laws

The criminal justice system is always evolving -- new crimes are created, old crimes are struck from the books. Sometimes old crimes develop new consequences -- the consequences for a DWI conviction keep getting more severe, while some drug offenses are being decriminalized. But one trend we're seeing around the country is the slow death of forfeiture laws. Read More

Posted on August 07, 2018 by Daniel Koewler
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Minnesota's New DWI Laws For 2018 Are Now In Effect

August First: not a particularly good date, historically. In 2007, that was the date that the 35W bridge collapsed. On the other hand, in 1981 it was also the date that MTV first aired the Buggles "Video Killed the Radio Star." August 1, 2018, is also a bit of a mixed bag, as a lot of the laws passed in the previous session go into effect. For our purposes, they involve DWIs on boats, snowmobiles, and ATVs. Read More

Posted on August 06, 2018 by Charles Ramsay
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Ion Scanners: What You Need To Know

Minnesota recently started relying on the test results of Ion Mobility Spectrometry (IMS) devices to gain entry into homes via search warrants. IMS devices, referred to as “ion scanners,” are an interesting piece of technology with a very high risk of being misused by aggressive government prosecutors. Here's what you need to know. Read More

Posted on July 26, 2018 by Charles Ramsay
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"I Was Once Your Client"

Every now that then we get solicited to publish a "guest post" by someone. To date, we've always said "thank you, but no thanks." Today we break that rule -- this one was so well written that we couldn't say no. Here it is, unedited. Read More

Posted on June 14, 2018
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Retroactive Refusal Relief: Test Refusal Convictions Thrown Out in North Dakota

Back in 2016, it was cases from Minnesota and North Dakota that, combined into one mega-appeal, led the United States Supreme Court to find DWI test refusal laws were unconstitutional when it came to blood tests. That decision left a big unanswered question: what happens to prior refusal convictions? The North Dakota Supreme Court just said "throw them out." Read More

Posted on June 06, 2018 by Charles Ramsay
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Snowmobiling and Boating While Intoxicated Now Causes Loss Of Driver's License in Minnesota

While everyone was talking about Governor Dayton's recent veto of the entire proposed 2018 tax bill, some other bills were signed into law, and slipped under a lot of people's radars. One bill we noticed was a minor change to Minnesota's DWI laws that will have a big impact in the future. Under the new law, if you are convicted of snowmobiling (or boating, or operating an ATV) while intoxicated, you won't just lose your operator privileges, you will lose your actual driver's license. Read More

Posted on May 29, 2018 by Charles Ramsay
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Gideon's Trumpet Silenced: Minnesota Supreme Court Issues State v. Hunn

The Minnesota Supreme Court just issued their decision in the Hunn case, the first look at Minnesota's constitutional right to DWI pre-test counsel in decades. Here's what they decided. Read More

Posted on May 16, 2018 by Charles Ramsay
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Minnesota Supreme Court Issues Opinions In Morehouse and Johnson

This morning, the Minnesota Supreme Court issued two long awaited decisions regarding the potential Due Process implications for Minnesota's old Implied Consent Advisory. These two opinions provided some answers, raised some additional questions, and left a bit of extra work for the future. Read More

Posted on May 02, 2018 by Daniel Koewler
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It's Coming -- MSCJ 2018 Annual DWI Seminar

Get Registered! 2018's Annual DWI Seminar is scheduled for June 15, 2018, at the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest in Brooklyn Park, MN. Read More

Posted on April 23, 2018 by Daniel Koewler
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If You Love Something, Set It Free

We recently won a significant victory for our client when we convinced the Court of Appeals to strike down Minnesota's DWI Forfeiture Law as unconstitutional. But this win was much broader than one case -- it potentially impacts all pending and future DWI forfeitures. That poses a problem. Read More

Posted on April 11, 2018 by Charles Ramsay
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Minnesota's DWI Forfeiture Law Struck Down As Unconstitutional

Today, the Minnesota Court of Appeals struck down a significant portion of Minnesota's DWI Vehicle-Forfeiture Law as unconstitutional, specifically concluding that it violates the due process rights of drivers and innocent owners alike. In cases like these, justice delayed really does mean that justice is denied. Read More

Posted on April 02, 2018 by Charles Ramsay
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Legislative Update 2018

When we're not making new law by winning cases for our clients, the attorneys of Ramsay Law Firm are working behind the scenes and keeping an eye on potential new laws that could impact our clients. The 2018 Minnesota Legislature has a lot on their plate, and some of it is targeted towards DWIs. Read More

Posted on March 27, 2018 by Daniel Koewler
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When the Answer Is More Than then Sum Of Its Parts

Albert Einstein was one of the greatest minds of the 20th century, and along with probing the mathmatic underpinnings of the universe he was known for several inspiring quotes. My personal favorite Einstein quote is, "I never said even half the things that the Internet says I did." Wait, that's not right. Read More

Posted on March 01, 2018 by Charles Ramsay
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Breath Test Results That Don't Add Up Equal a Big Problem For Minnesota

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) trains its employees to testify in court that the DataMaster DMT (used in the majority of DWI arrests in Minnesota) is designed to give drivers the "benefit of the doubt." They "truncate" the breath test results, they take the "lower" of two breath samples, they have all sorts of "filters" to screen out false positive tests. Think of how absurd would it be if the machine keeps measuring someone's breath, and keeps getting a result that is below Read More

Posted on February 26, 2018 by Charles Ramsay
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Keeping Your Record Clean From The Consequences Of A DWI

The state of the law regarding DWI's in Minnesota is always uncertain; the legislature passes new laws, we raise new challenges to those laws, and the cycle continues. But if there is one constant when it comes to DWIs, its that the consequences for being convicted of a DWI are only getting more and more severe. Read More

Posted on February 06, 2018 by Charles Ramsay
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