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Minnesota Supreme Court Denies Rehearing in Bernard Case

Today, the Minnesota Supreme Court formally denied the "petition for rehearing" filed in on February 18, 2015, in the case of State v. Read More

Posted on March 16, 2015 by Charles Ramsay

Must Attend Event: 2015 MSCJ Annual DWI Seminar

It's that time of year again - the Minnesota Society for Criminal Justice is holding it's 30th Annual DWI Seminar - the single most important seminar you can attend if you ever even consider handling a DWI case as a defense attorney. Read More

Posted on March 12, 2015 by Daniel Koewler
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Never Stop Learning: The Science of Defending DWIs in Minnesota

Ramsay Law Firm has been at the cutting edge of DWI defense in Minnesota for over a decade, and maintaining that position as top-notch DWI defense attorneys means constantly learning and developing new skills. Read More

Posted on March 03, 2015 by Daniel Koewler
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Star Tribune Interviews Attorney Dan Koewler To Discuss the State v. Bernard DWI Test Refusal Decision

In the wake of the Bernard decision (the Minnesota Supreme Court's latest decision finding Minnesota's DWI Test Refusal Law constitutional, after previous attempts to obtain review of the constitutional issue were rejected by the United States Supreme Court) Ramsay Law Firm has been deluged with req Read More

Posted on February 13, 2015 by Charles Ramsay
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Attorney Dan Koewler From Ramsay Law Firm Discusses the Bernard Case on WCCO Channel 4

In the wake of the decision in State v. Bernard (finding Minnesota's DWI Test Refusal Law constitutional if law enforcement demand a breath test), Minnesota media turned to Ramsay Law Firm for our reaction and analysis of this groundbreaking decision. Read More

Posted on February 13, 2015 by Charles Ramsay
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Ramsay Law Firm's Dan Koewler Discusses DWI Test Refusal on Fox 9 News

Dan Koewler appeared on KMSP Fox 9 News this week to discuss the recent Supreme Court decision in State v. Read More

Posted on February 13, 2015 by Charles Ramsay
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Bernard Breakdown - Part One (The Good News)

Ahh, Bernard. Where to begin?

For those of you who haven't read the Minnesota Supreme Court's decision in State v. Bernard, here's the bottom line:

After Bernard, it appears that the Minnesota law that makes it a crime to refuse to submit to a warrantless, involuntary breath test is not unconsti Read More

Posted on February 11, 2015 by Charles Ramsay
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Bernard Opinion Released Today

Here it is, at last. The opinion we've all been waiting for: State v. Bernard. Read More

Posted on February 11, 2015 by Charles Ramsay
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Breaking News: Minnesota Supreme Court To Issue Bernard Decision on Wednesday

We just received notice that the Minnesota Supreme Court will issue its potentially groundbreaking decision in State v. Read More

Posted on February 09, 2015 by Daniel Koewler
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The Evolution of the Consent Search Doctrine

Series: The Evolution of the Consent Search Doctrine

As we mentioned in our previous post in this series, the consent search exception to the Fourth Amendment warrant requirement is a relatively recent, judicially-crafted doctrine. Read More

Posted on February 06, 2015 by Charles Ramsay

Breaking News - Submission Is Not Consent

We interrupt the consent search blog series currently in progress to bring you breaking news: Minnesota district court judges are finally finding that submission to lawful authority is not consent. Read More

Posted on January 28, 2015 by Charles Ramsay
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The History of the Consent Exception to the Fourth Amendment Warrant Requirement

The Constitution didn't come with built-in exceptions; courts have created them. Read More

Posted on January 23, 2015 by Charles Ramsay

Series: Consent as an Exception to the Fourth Amendment

Nearly two years ago, the United States Supreme Court held in Missouri v. Read More

Posted on January 20, 2015 by Charles Ramsay
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Going Federal On Implied Consent

There comes a time when it becomes clear that the persistent and systematic violation of a constitutional right is falling on deaf ears in state courts. Read More

Posted on January 12, 2015 by Charles Ramsay
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Consequences For Minnesota DWIs Continue to Climb

Minnesota's DWI Task Force - a body comprised of a broad array of prosecutors, judges, members of law enforcement agencies, other government employees, and private citizens - is set to make its recommendations to the Minnesota Legislature in 2015. Read More

Posted on January 02, 2015 by Daniel Koewler
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Start the New Year With a New You: Minnesota's New And Improved Expungement Law

We first mentioned it last May: After years of effort, the Minnesota Legislature finally passed a bill making it substantially easier to for Minnesotans to finally be allowed to leave their past behind them and seal (expunge) certain records of prior criminal convictions. Read More

Posted on December 22, 2014 by Daniel Koewler

Minnesota Supreme Court Holds Oral Arguments Today Regarding Minnesota's DWI Laws

Big things are about to happen at the Minnesota Supreme Court, and the most visible evidence is going on this morning in two cases: In State v. Read More

Posted on December 10, 2014 by Charles Ramsay
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Good Intentions in Ferguson

You can look all you want, but you won't find "good intentions| in the Fourth Amendment. Read More

Posted on December 05, 2014 by Charles Ramsay

Will the Minnesota Supreme Court Avoid the Constitutionality of Refusal? An Examination of the Search Incident to Arrest Exception.

Any time now, we expect the Minnesota Supreme Court to issue its long-awaited decision in State v. Read More

Posted on December 01, 2014

Brooks-Style Consent: Valid Forevermore? A Dissenting Opinion Suggests Otherwise.

It's been a year and a half since Missouri v. McNeely and more than a year since State v. Brooks. In that time, the law regarding DWI's in Minnesota has been all over the map, a roller coaster of dismissed test results and conflicting decisions. Read More

Posted on November 07, 2014
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