Posted on September 25, 2015 by Charles Ramsay

Following the Future: Minnesota's DWI Test Refusal Law

Minnesota's own Robert Zimmerman may have said it best when he noticed that "The Times, They Are A Changin'" It looks like the odds of the United States Supreme Court taking a careful look at Minnesota's decision to criminalize the act of DWI test refusal are going up by the day. Read More

Posted on September 25, 2015 by Daniel Koewler

Crossing the Line - What Happened to Innocent Until Proven Guilty?

How many times did you cross the line on your drive to work today?

I hope it was fewer than three, because that's all it took to initiate the traffic stop that has turned my client's life upside-down. Read More

Posted on September 15, 2015

A Wolf In Sheep's Clothing? Minnesota's Ignition Interlock Program

Ignition Interlock - the little gadget that is designed to ensure that you cannot start your vehicle unless there is no alcohol in your system. Read More

Posted on August 31, 2015 by Daniel Koewler

Minnesota Rulemakers, You Got Some 'Splainin' To Do

Yesterday I posted about my client, "Kate,| whose minor traffic violation metastasized into criminal charges for DWI and gross misdemeanor test refusal. Read More

Posted on August 28, 2015

Collateral Consequences: A Pound of Prevention for an Ounce of Cure?

I recently appeared with a client at her arraignment for 3rd degree Test Refusal and 4th degree DWI. Read More

Posted on August 26, 2015

Chuck Ramsay Joins Faculty of National College for DUI Defense

In Atlanta, Georgia, on November 6th and 7th, 2015, our very own Chuck Ramsay will take the stage to teach nationally-known trial attorneys the science of chemical testing, and how to use it in court. Read More

Posted on August 25, 2015

A Titillating Conversation About Equality

Today marks the eighth annual nationwide "Go Topless Day. Read More

Posted on August 23, 2015

Minnesota Adopts Good-Faith Exception to the Exclusionary Rule . . . Long Live the Exclusionary Rule!

Today the Minnesota Supreme Court issued a long awaited decision on whether or not to adopt the "good-faith| exception to the Fourth Amendment exclusionary rule. Read More

Posted on August 19, 2015 by Daniel Koewler

Breaking It Down - One CJI Session at a Time

Today and tomorrow, the crème de la crème of the Minnesota criminal justice world converges on St. Paul RiverCentre for the annual Criminal Justice Institute. Read More

Posted on August 17, 2015

Separating the Men from the Boys

Let's separate the men from the boys. Read More

Posted on August 12, 2015

Blog Watch: Judicial Training & Education Blog

We pride ourselves on bringing timely and knowledgeable information to our readers on a regular basis. Read More

Posted on July 30, 2015 by Charles Ramsay

Know Your Rights During A Traffic Stop

You are responsible for knowing your rights and legal obligations. Read More

Posted on July 29, 2015

Bad News For Hemophobiacs

Bad news for hemophobiacs:

The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals just ruled that it is a-ok to arrest someone, haul her off to jail, and tell her:

We want evidence of the crime we think you committed, and we're not getting a warrant. Read More

Posted on July 23, 2015

Is the Constitution Slowing You Down? Hop on the Legislative Bypass!

Happy Monday. Let's start the week with a quick peek at the Minnesota judiciary, circa 2001.

In 2001, in State v. Larsen, 637 N.W.2d 315, Minnesota courts denounced the "legislative bypass" Read More

Posted on July 13, 2015

Dan Koewler Selected By Super Lawyers Magazine for Rising Star List

Ramsay Law Firm is proud to announce that Dan Koewler was recently selected for the 2014 Minnesota "Rising Star" list maintained by Super Lawyers. Read More

Posted on July 09, 2015 by Charles Ramsay

The DWI Suspect: Lady Liberty's "Red-Headed Step-Child"

The State of Minnesotaâ??courts, cops, and legislatorsâ??provides more constitutional protection to convicted criminals than it does to drivers arrested under suspicion of drunk driving. Read More

Posted on July 06, 2015

D(efense)-Day: Opening a Second Front In Defense of the Constitution

In early 1944, Nazi Germany (the polar opposite of a country based on constitutionally guaranteed freedoms) was struggling to retain the territory it had captured, while the Allies were bombing Germany from the skies in anticipation of an amphibious landing for a new battle - the "Second Front". Read More

Posted on July 01, 2015 by Charles Ramsay

Why get a warrant when you can use a statute instead?

We the People understand and appreciate that law enforcement's job is to investigate crime by collecting evidence to be used in a criminal prosecution. Read More

Posted on June 25, 2015

Will the Test Refusal Law Fall on Its Face?

Once again, we can see that the legal landscape is reaching one of those tipping points, where everything we thought we knew is turned on its head. Read More

Posted on June 23, 2015 by Charles Ramsay
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