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Cops Stabbing Citizens with Needles for Blood Tests: US Supreme Court Says "Unconstitutional" (Part 3)

In part 1 of our series, "Cops Stabbing Citizens with Needles for Blood Tests,| we told you the true story of a citizen who slid off the road during a winter storm. Read More

Posted on March 05, 2013 by Charles Ramsay
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Cops Stabbing Citizens with Needles for Blood Tests: Legal Under Minnesota Law (Part 2)

Many believe we need to tighten our impaired driving laws for both drunk driving and people who abuse prescription drugs and narcotics. Read More

Posted on February 27, 2013 by Charles Ramsay
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Cops Stabbing Citizens for DWI Blood Tests: A True Story (Part 1)

Imagine, if you will: A typical February snowstorm. Read More

Posted on February 26, 2013 by Charles Ramsay
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Problems Escalate As a Result of Investigation Into St. Paul Crime Lab.

As our own Charles Ramsay discussed previously on Channel 5 Eyewitness News, the St. Read More

Posted on February 18, 2013 by Daniel Koewler
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The Future of Minnesota's DWI Law: Admitting that the Supreme Court Could Be Ready to "Change the Legal Landscape" for DWIs

Since the beginning of February, we've been spending some time blogging about the Missouri v. Read More

Posted on February 14, 2013 by Daniel Koewler

The Future of Minnesota's DWI Law: How the McNeely Decision Will Affect DWI Arrests Here At Home

As we discussed previously, the McNeely decision could have a huge impact on the way DWIs in Minnesota are handled in the future. Read More

Posted on February 12, 2013 by Daniel Koewler
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Minnesota's DWI Test Refusal Law in Review: Why the Crime of Test Refusal is Currently Considered Constitutional

In 2009, the Minnesota Supreme Court upheld the DWI test refusal law in the case of State v. Netland 762 N.W.2d 202 (Minn.2009). In doing so, the court placed all its emphasis on the "fact" that alcohol in a driver's bloodstream "rapidly" and "naturally" dissipates, reasoning that law enforcement would never have enough time to obtain a warrant for a blood, breath, or urine test before the evidence of alcohol consumption was destroyed. Read More

Posted on February 03, 2013 by Daniel Koewler
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Minnesota's DWI Test Refusal Law Under Scrutiny: Will Missouri v. McNeely Fix a Broken System?

Most states increase the license revocation penalties for drivers who refuse to submit to alcohol testing, but Minnesota Impaired Driving Law straight up makes it a crime for a driver to refuse to submit to testing. Read More

Posted on February 03, 2013 by Daniel Koewler

Oops! Ramsey County Has Not Consolidated St. Paul Crime Lab Cases

We pride ourselves on posting relevant, accurate information on this blog, and view our blog as an opportunity to not only educate potential and current clients, but also other defense attorneys and judges. Read More

Posted on January 24, 2013 by Charles Ramsay

Charged With a DWI? Not If You Were On a Segway

In an opinion released on Tuesday January 22, 2013, the Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled that a "Segway" is not a motor vehicle and the driver isn't subject to the state's DWI laws. Read More

Posted on January 22, 2013 by Daniel Koewler
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St. Paul Crime Lab: What's Next?

In July we blogged about two public defenders who exposed serious scientific flaws at the St. Paul Crime Laboratory. Christine Funk and Laurie Traub elicited testimony at a pre-trial hearing revealing widespread problems at the lab, including poor documentation of testing procedures, lack of standard operating procedures and contamination of evidence. Several counties agreed not to use the drug test results from the lab, but stopped short of admitting the results were unreliable. Read More

Posted on January 16, 2013 by Charles Ramsay
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U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Oral Argument in Landmark DWI Case

Next week, on January 9th, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the landmark DWI case of Missouri v. McNeely. Read More

Posted on January 04, 2013 by Charles Ramsay
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DWI Defense Issues- 2012 Year in Review

Earlier this year we posted our prediction for the top-10 DWI issues for 2012. Read More

Posted on December 26, 2012 by Charles Ramsay
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Cash Grab Continues to Climb: DWI Forfeitures on the Rise

Ever since the 2009 scandal where it was revealed that the Metro Gang Strike Force was using the threat of gang violence as an excuse to profit from illegally seized and forfeited property, Minnesota police agencies have been under increased scrutiny when it comes to property forfeitures. Read More

Posted on December 19, 2012 by Daniel Koewler

Charles Ramsay Discusses Ignition Interlock With Jeff Passolt on Fox 9 News

Our own Charles Ramsay appeared again on Fox 9 News with Jeff Passolt to discuss the evolution of our nations laws regarding the controversial "ignition interlock" device. Read More

Posted on December 12, 2012 by Daniel Koewler

You Have the Right to . . . Forget About Having Any Rights

If you're from Minnesota, and haven't been hiding under a rock, you've no doubt heard about the situation near the Roseville Mall that involved one aggressive police officer and Lynx star Seimone Augustus. Read More

Posted on October 12, 2012 by Daniel Koewler

U.S. Supreme Court To Decide if DWI Laws Are Unconstitutional

This just in: the United States Supreme Court accepted review of a crucial case involving DWIs - the case of Missouri v. Read More

Posted on September 27, 2012 by Daniel Koewler

DWI Forfeitures: Minnesota Supreme Court Gets Tough on Policing for Profit

While we spend most of our time in the various district courts, fighting for our clients, we also spend a fair amount of time litigating appeals. Read More

Posted on September 26, 2012 by Charles Ramsay
Posted on September 18, 2012 by Daniel Koewler

Common Sense Prevails: Court of Appeals Rules DWI Stop Unconstitutional

At times, it seems as though law enforcement need no reason at all to stop a passing motorist and begin gathering evidence of criminal activity. Read More

Posted on August 28, 2012 by Daniel Koewler
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