Evidence of Alcohol Impairment: What's Your Function, Consumption Junction?

The mere odor of alcohol about a driver's person may be indicia of alcohol ingestion, but is no more a probable indication of intoxication than eating a meal is of gluttony. Read More

Posted on December 06, 2011 by Charles Ramsay

Minnesota Intoxilyzer Source Code Update: Oral Arguments Held Before Supreme Court

While we're already preparing for future challenges to Minnesota's new breath testing device, the Datamaster DMT, today was a day where our focus was squarely on the outdated Intoxilyzer 5000EN (which is still being used throughout most of Minnesota). Read More

Posted on December 01, 2011 by Charles Ramsay

Breaking Bad: Defending a Felony DWI Charge

In Minnesota, a DWI conviction can not only cause you to lose your license, your job, your ability to get car insurance, and your respect, but you can also lose your liberty. Read More

Posted on November 29, 2011 by Charles Ramsay

Attorneys Attend DWI Breath Test Course

This week, we headed down to Mansfield, Ohio to get some first hand knowledge about Minnesota's new breath test machine, the DataMaster. Read More

Posted on November 03, 2011 by Daniel Koewler

Minnesota Intoxilyzer Source Code Update: Minnesota Supreme Court Schedules Oral Arguments.

Today the Minnesota Supreme Court has released the date for En Banc Oral Arguments regarding the consolidated Source Code litigation. Read More

Posted on November 02, 2011 by Charles Ramsay

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
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