Restored to Sanity: Court of Appeals Restores Faith in Minnesota's DWI Vehicle Forfeiture Law

Today, the Minnesota Court of Appeals issued a much-needed decision that clarifies the scope of Minnesota's DWI Vehicle Forfeiture law. Read More

Posted on October 31, 2011 by Charles Ramsay

Minnesota BCA Insider Blows Whistle on Shoddy Work and Unethical Conduct: Act of Courage or Just Plain Cowardice? Part II:

We blogged last week regarding yet another problem that affects first void urine alcohol tests (F-VUAT) that are tested by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. Read More

Posted on October 31, 2011 by Charles Ramsay

Minnesota BCA Insider Blows Whistle on Shoddy Work and Unethical Conduct: Act of Courage or Just Plain Cowardice? Part I:

A senior forensic scientist at Minnesota's Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) has come forward with shocking revelations. Read More

Posted on October 27, 2011 by Charles Ramsay
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Putting the "Grand" in Grand Jury: Citizen Panel Protects Intoxilyzer Whistleblower.

We've told you about problems with the Intoxilyzer 5000, Minnesota's breath test machine. Read More

Posted on October 24, 2011 by Daniel Koewler

Minnesota Intoxilyzer Source Code Update: The Briefs Are In.

The last source code brief is in! The Source Code Coalition filed its reply brief on behalf of thousands of Defendants and Drivers with the Minnesota Supreme Court on October 17, 2011. Read More

Posted on October 19, 2011 by Daniel Koewler

State Secrets: DataMaster DMT Breath Test Machine

Minnesota finally is using its new breath test machine, the DataMaster DMT. Read More

Posted on October 11, 2011 by Daniel Koewler

Will I Lose My License If A Blood or Urine Test Shows I Smoked Marijuana Before Driving?

There are two types of punishment the state can impose on a driver who allegedly operated a motor vehicle while impaired by alcohol or a controlled substance â?? although not all controlled substances are viewed equally. Read More

Posted on October 06, 2011 by Daniel Koewler

"Enhancement" of First Time DUI Offenses

Many drivers are shocked when they learn the consequences of their DUI arrest â?? it is an all-too-common misconception that a "simple| DWI conviction is not a |big deal. Read More

Posted on September 28, 2011 by Daniel Koewler

Minnesota's Implied Consent Law: Is It (Again) Unconstitutional?

Shoot First â?? Ask Questions Later

Under a shoot-first-ask-questions-later philosophy, the Minnesota Commissioner of Public Safety can take away drivers' licenses without first conducting a hearing on the propriety of the revocation pursuant to the Minnesota Implied Consent Act. Read More

Posted on September 22, 2011 by Daniel Koewler

DWI Urine Alcohol Testing Case Set for Oral Argument

The Minnesota Supreme Court has set State v. Read More

Posted on September 20, 2011 by Daniel Koewler

Pt 2: Imprecise DWI Tests: Good Enough for Government Work?

Last week we told you that the scientific community requires blood, breath and urine tests be reported not as a certainty, but with a confidence interval that has a high probability of containing the true alcohol level. Read More

Posted on September 13, 2011 by Daniel Koewler

Imprecise DWI Tests: Good Enough for Government Work?

Minnesota analyzes drivers' blood, breath and urine to determine a specific level of alcohol concentration. Read More

Posted on September 07, 2011 by Daniel Koewler

The Source Code Shuffle - How the District Courts Are Handling the Intoxilyzer 5000 Appeal.

Currently, the consolidated source code litigation, originally presided over by Judge Abrams, is up on appeal before the Minnesota Supreme Court. Read More

Posted on July 12, 2011 by Daniel Koewler

Breaking News: Supreme Court Grants Accelerated Review of Source Code Appeal.

The Minnesota Supreme Court has accepted accelerated review of the appeal that was made of Judge Abrams' Order as part of the consolidated Source Code litigation. Read More

Posted on June 29, 2011 by Daniel Koewler

Selective Facts Make Bad Law

The use of urine tests for DWI's in Minnesota received yet another endorsement from the Court of Appeals today. Read More

Posted on June 27, 2011 by Daniel Koewler

Beware the Overzealous Prosecutor: Being Charged With A Crime Does Not Mean You Committed a Crime.

Far too often we field calls from people who were recently arrested for DWI and just want to "plea and get it over with. Read More

Posted on June 24, 2011 by Daniel Koewler

Refusing to Submit to DWI Testing: Minnesota Supreme Court Reverses Conviction

Recognizing that Minnesota's DWI test refusal law is more complicated that meets the eye, this week the Minnesota Supreme Court reversed the conviction of a man convicted of refusing to submit to a DWI test in State v. Read More

Posted on June 13, 2011 by Charles Ramsay
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Get Me OUT! Your Options When Being Detained After a DWI Arrest.

Many times the consequences for being arrested for DWI start before you even appear in court. Read More

Posted on May 17, 2011 by Daniel Koewler

Minnesota Intoxilyzer Source Code Update: Commissioner of Public Safety Files Petition for Accelerated Review.

Yesterday the Commissioner of Public Safety filed a Petition for Accelerated Review with the Minnesota Supreme Court. Read More

Posted on May 13, 2011 by Charles Ramsay

DWI Urine Tests: Minnesota Appellate Court Signals Need for Search Warrant.

The Minnesota Court of Appeals issued an order last week which could signal a dramatic shift in the way DWI alcohol tests - especially urine tests - are conducted, while breathing new life into the Fourth Amendment. Read More

Posted on May 02, 2011 by Charles Ramsay
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