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
Last Chance! MACDL Fall CLE Is This Friday!
There are still a few open spots available for the Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyer's Annual Fall CLE -- and it's one of those rare CLE's that qualify as a "must attend" event for anyone who practices criminal defense. Read More
Minnesota Ignition Interlock Lawsuit Moves Forward
Back in February, we filed a class action lawsuit against the State of Minnesota and the various providers of ignition interlock services, based on violations of the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act and drivers' Fourth Amendment rights. Here's an update. Read More
It Is Better To Have "Lived Usefully" Than To Have "Died Rich."
It's one of Ben Franklin's more memorable quotes: "I would rather have it said, 'he lived usefully,' than, 'he died rich.'" It's a sentiment that has been around, in one form or another, since humans started writing things down, and it usually boils down to the old simple cliche "you can't take it with you." So what does this have to do with DWI defense? Read More
Can the Prosecution Withhold Evidence of Innocence?
Imagine you're on trial for killing your mother. Only one witness puts you at the scene of the crime at the right time. You're convicted of second degree murder after a harrowing trial. A few days later, one of the prosecutorial team comes forward and says "Hey, actually, there's this note from our key witness, saying that he was on drugs that whole night and might not have any memory of what he saw. Oh, and we've had this note all along, but we didn't tell the defendant's lawyer because we . . Read More
DWI Attorney Dan Koewler Selected for Minnesota's 2017 Super Lawyer Rising Star List
Ramsay Law Firm is pleased to announce that, once again, Dan Koewler has been selected to Minnesota's "Rising Star" list maintained by Super Lawyers. This is his fourth straight year winning this recognition. Read More
Michael Floyd's Kombucha Defense: Is It Scientific?
Michael Floyd, an NFL wide receiver who may-or-may-not be on the Vikings roster for the 2017 season, is facing criminal consequences for failing several breath alcohol tests while on probation for DWI. His defense is that the failed tests were the result of fermented Kombucha Tea, not intentionally consuming alcohol. Does such a defense make sense? Read More
Aging Attorney General Seeks New Career As Folk Singer
We've just received disturbing news: One member of the Minnesota Attorney General's Office has decided to try and jump-start a new career as a folk singer. His first performance will be on Thursday, May 18, 2017 at the Lake Monster Brewing Company, and this spectacle is rapidly shaping up to be the "must attend" event of the year. Read More
Ending Accountability: U.S. Government Kills Efforts To Raise Forensic Science Standards
It seems like every day brings a new variety of troubling news, and yesterday was no exception. Yesterday was when Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that he was ending the National Commission on Forensic Science, an advisory panel that was built to "enhance the practice and improve the reliability of forensic science." This is a huge step back for the criminal justice system. Read More
The Luck of the Irish Won't Keep You Out of Jail
Here at Ramsay Law Firm, we're wishing all Minnesotans a safe and fun-filled St. Patrick's Day. For many people, that means drinking alcohol, with friends, out at one (or more) of the many great Irish pubs that we have across the state. For some people, that also means they are going to make a bad decision and try to drive -- a sure-fire way to turn a good night sour in a hurry. Read More
Sometimes An Accident Is Just An Accident
At some point in our lives, we’ve all been guilty of “rushing to judgment.” We read a horrible news story where someone was injured or died, and the immediate instinct is to lay the blame – and the more serious the incident, the heavier the blame. As a society, we seem to have a hard time accepting the fact that, sometimes, an accident really is an accident. Read More
Ramsay Law Firm Launching A Brand New Website And Blog!
Our new website and blog will provide our readers with invaluable information on how to defeat DWIs in Minnesota and across the country, on a cleaner and more user-friendly website. Read More
2017 Predictions For Minnesota's DWI Laws
Happy New Years! Best wishes to you and yours in 2017. Last week Ramsay Law Firm took a look back at 2016. It was quite an eventful year: from cases going to the U.S. Supreme Court to finding significant success challenging the validity of breath tests in Minnesota. Now I would like to take a moment and make some predictions for what we will see in the new year. Read More
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
Minnesota Supreme Court Rules Minnesota DWI Test Refusal Law Unconstitutional
Today the Minnesota Supreme Court issued two long-awaited decisions dealing with the future of Minnesota's DWI laws. Read More
Sun Still Came Up the Next Day
Football season is here and the Minnesota Vikings are 2-0! While Vikings fans are very happy now, it was only 23 days ago that Teddy Bridgewater, our starting quarterback, went down with a gruesome injury during practice. Read More