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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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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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Supreme Court Oral Arguments II: Electric Boogaloo

On October 4, we held two arguments before the Minnesota Supreme Court, addressing the impact that Minnesota's unconstitutional Implied Consent Law will have on the drivers who either refused to submit to blood or urine tests, or agreed to those tests after being threatened with the crime of refusal. We posted a video of the first oral argument earlier -- here's the second one. Read More

Posted on October 17, 2017 by Charles Ramsay
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Dusting-Off The Rules of Statutory Interpretation For DWI

Today the Minnesota Supreme Court released a decision that may not have too broad of an overall impact, but is nevertheless interesting. At issue is a narrow set of DWI cases involving "huffing while driving," and whether or not Minnesota's DWI laws currently prohibit the practice. Today the Court decided that issue. Read More

Posted on October 11, 2017 by Daniel Koewler
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Ramsay Law Firm At The Minnesota Supreme Court

While Tom Petty has moved on to a better place (and may he rest in peace) his lyrics are going to be with us forever. That includes the old gem "The Waiting Is The Hardest Part." And he was right . . . even if he wasn't exactly talking about "waiting" for a Supreme Court decision. Read More

Posted on October 06, 2017 by Charles Ramsay
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Minnesota's DWI Forfeiture Law Ruled Unconstitutional

It's an argument that is picking up steam: whether Minnesota's practice of seizing vehicles involved in DWI cases for forfeiture is constitutional. We recently convinced a district court judge to return our client's forfeited vehicle, based on the argument that the whole statute violates the Due Process clause of our Constitution. Because it does. Read More

Posted on July 06, 2017 by Daniel Koewler
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Massive Changes To Minnesota's DWI Laws in 2017: Part II

So, we promised part two of our analysis of the new DWI law changes that in coming into effect in Minnesota on July 1 . . . two weeks ago. Sorry about that, things got busy. But "busy" means "way more blog material" so hopefully we'll have some more fun stuff for you in the upcoming weeks. But for now, here's part 2! Read More

Posted on June 06, 2017 by Daniel Koewler
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Massive Changes To Minnesota's DWI Laws in 2017

Governor Mark Dayton just signed into law some long-awaited changes to Minnesota's DWI laws. The changes are rather sweeping -- some of them are designed to correct the portions of the law that were struck down as unconstitutional in 2016, while others add some additional protections and procedural safeguards to some outdated portions of the law. We'll break down these changes for you and explain what they mean for the future. Read More

Posted on May 25, 2017 by Daniel Koewler
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BREAKING NEWS: Critical Minnesota Supreme Court Ruling to be Delayed Due to Defendant’s Demise.

A very important case before the Minnesota Supreme Court has just taken an unusual turn. The case we're talking about is State v. Phillips; the important issue in the case is the effect of Minnesota's unconstitutional Implied Consent Advisory on cases where drivers submitted to warrantless blood and urine tests. The unusual turn? Ms. Phillips, the person who appealed her conviction, just passed away. Read More

Posted on May 10, 2017 by Daniel Koewler
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Going to Prison For Misdemeanor DWI

On Wednesday, the Minnesota Supreme Court issued a troubling decision that transformed what appeared, on its face, to be a fourth degree, misdemeanor DWI into a felony-level offense. The result was that one man will spend 48 months in prison instead of (perhaps) one weekend in jail. That's an expensive lesson that can largely be blamed on our Legislature. Read More

Posted on April 27, 2017 by Charles Ramsay
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Minnesota's DWI Forfeiture Laws To Become A Little More Fair

DWI Forfeiture laws -- laws that allow the State to seize private property for profit -- cause a lot of financial and emotional distress for those who not only have to deal with the process of being arrested, but who then have to deal with the consequences of losing their vehicle as well. Coming soon, it will be a little harder for the State to seize vehicles used during DWI offenses . . . and that's a good thing. Read More

Posted on April 18, 2017 by Charles Ramsay
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State v. Phillips - Do Minnesota's DWI Laws Violate Due Process?

Both the United States Supreme Court and the Minnesota Supreme Court concluded that the cornerstone of Minnesota's DWI laws -- our DWI Test Refusal laws -- are unconstitutional. Those rulings left one particular question unanswered: how to deal with all of the driver who were told (and are still being told) that "refusal to take a test is a crime." That question is set to be answered soon. Read More

Posted on March 13, 2017 by Daniel Koewler
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Minnesota Judge Orders Government To Stop Installing Ignition Interlock Devices

It's an issue we've been talking about for months, and now, a Minnesota judge has taken action. Read More

Posted on January 03, 2017 by Charles Ramsay
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2016 Year in Review

2016 has been quite the year for Ramsay Law Firm and Minnesota's DWI laws in general. It's not every year a case is heard by the United States Supreme Court that drastically changes our laws and the laws across the country. This is not being melodramatic, the events of the past year are unique and their affects will be felt, and litigated about, for years to come. Below are the nine most notable events of 2016: Read More

Posted on December 28, 2016 by Jay Adkins
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Three Straight Victories At The Court Of Appeals

This morning our office won its third case at the Minnesota Court of Appeals in a row! Here is the opinion. Read More

Posted on December 27, 2016 by Jay Adkins

Beating Old Urine and Blood DWIs: Let's Get Retro!

We previously blogged about retroactive application of constitutional rulings. Read More

Posted on October 21, 2016 by Jay Adkins
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