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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Come Party With MACDL This Sunday!

This Sunday, January 17, 2018, the Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers is hosting a NFC Championship Game party at Park Tavern in St. Louis Park. Whether you have plans to watch the game or not, you won't regret making the decision to head down to Park Tavern to watch the Vikings "Bring It Home." Read More

Posted on January 17, 2018 by Daniel Koewler

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 Charles Ramsay

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 Charles Ramsay

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 Charles Ramsay

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 Charles Ramsay

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 Charles Ramsay

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 Charles Ramsay

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

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 Charles Ramsay
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