Cops Unleash Mini-Volcano During Routine Drug Test, Raising Eyebrows and Roofs

Two Kandiyohi County deputies turned a drug test into a mini-volcano with questionable pyrotechnics and even more questionable decision-making. Is it time for them to ditch the lighter and grab a chemistry textbook? Read More

Posted on January 12, 2024 by Charles Ramsay

A Major Victory to Ring in the New Year

Ramsay Law got a victory in a recent case. Our client was wrongly imprisoned due to health conditions. We secured secured his release. Read More

Posted on January 01, 2024 by Charles Ramsay

Q: Is it a crime to drive after consuming marijuana/THC/cannabis products?

Q: Is it a crime to drive after consuming marijuana/THC/cannabis products? A: It depends. Read More

Posted on August 18, 2022 by Charles Ramsay

New Inside Information Renders Minnesota Breath Test Results Invalid

Anyone with a test result of .10 or below could actually been below the legal limit. This also applies to those charged with being twice the legal limit (which brings significantly enhanced penalties) and commercial drivers (who face a legal limit of 0.04). Read More

Posted on August 03, 2022 by Charles Ramsay

Legal Pot Sneaks Into Minnesota

How are you going to celebrate your Independence Day? Read More

Posted on July 01, 2022 by Daniel Koewler

Grateful for More Source Code Victories!

This Thanksgiving season some of our current clients have a lot to celebrate: In the last month we have had three judges throw out our client’s breath test results because of our "source code" issue. Read More

Posted on November 23, 2021 by Charles Ramsay


It's been a few years since a manufacturing error has caused problems for blood alcohol testing in Minnesota . . . but here we are. We've been provided with what appears to be a valid recall notice for the type of tube used in Minnesota BCA testing kits. The notice is dated June 4, 2021, and impacts kits that expire in September of 2022. Read More

Posted on July 28, 2021 by Charles Ramsay

No More Whiskey Plates! More Ignition Interlock!

Does Minnesota still need so-called "whiskey plates?" Nobody seems to have a good reason for keeping them around, yet they still exist. For now. Read More

Posted on May 03, 2021 by Charles Ramsay

Are Stoned Drivers Safe Drivers?

Minnesota continues to struggle over whether or not to legalize recreational marijuana. Proponents point to significant tax revenues, as well as all of the money the criminal justice system will save, while adding that the drug itself is arguably no more dangerous that alcohol. Opponents fear an increase in crime, including driving while impaired by drugs (DUID). Is that a legitimate concern? Read More

Posted on April 21, 2021 by Charles Ramsay

Impaired Driving, Marijuana, and You

It’s easy to live in a comfortable black-and-white world until reality forces us to see the color gray. One example of our gray reality is being arrested and charged with a crime. Even the most die-hard law-and-order types, who say that if you can’t do the time, don’t do the crime, will suddenly want the best lawyer money can buy if they find themselves accused of bad behavior. Now let's talk about pot. Read More

Posted on March 09, 2021 by Charles Ramsay

Restorative Justice for Minnesota’s Veterans

"Specialty Courts" are becoming less special and more common across Minnesota And the trend is providing a great deal of long-overdue care for our veterans. Read More

Posted on March 03, 2021 by Charles Ramsay

The Cat Filter Hearing and the Right to Confront Your Accusers

The COVID pandemic continues to impact Minnesota's criminal justice system. Sometimes in obvious ways, sometimes in ways that may surprise you. As usual, it's up to defense attorneys to make sure their clients don't get thrown under the COVID bus. Read More

Posted on February 26, 2021 by Charles Ramsay

What Will We Sacrifice? Criminal Justice in the Biden Era

There has been a certain amount of “scope creep” across years of efforts to be "tough on crime." At what point are we working too hard to undermine our constitutional right to due process, a fair trial, and being innocent until proven guilty? Read More

Posted on February 08, 2021 by Charles Ramsay

The Ongoing War on Science – Stifling Progress

Good scientific practices can keep us safe, and insure the guilty are punished according to the law. Junk science, however, is what unjustly punishes the innocent and undermines our faith in the judicial system. Today, we're writing about junk science. Read More

Posted on November 19, 2020 by Charles Ramsay

Confronting COVID: Witness Testimony During a Pandemic

Here in Minnesota, like the rest of the world, everyone is struggling to find the new “normal” in the face of the global COVID-19 pandemic. Bars are opening (and closing), we’re not getting as many haircuts as we used to, and almost everyone is sporting a trendy face mask when they’re out in public. But in the rush to find a new normal, some dangerous steps are being taken. Read More

Posted on July 30, 2020 by Charles Ramsay

Minnesota Celebrates Birthday By Constitutionally Protecting Travelers and Campers

Today, the Minnesota Supreme Court determined that law enforcement cannot casually search a hotel registry to determine who is currently staying at the hotel. In a "celebrate Minnesota's freedoms" type of scenario, the Court also relied entirely on the protections in the Minnesota Constitution -- not the federal Fourth Amendment. Read More

Posted on May 13, 2020 by Daniel Koewler

The Case Against the Minnesota Supreme Court

The governor and the legislature have demonstrated exemplary leadership during the Covid-19 crisis. Shouldn’t we expect the same from our judicial branch, too? Read More

Posted on April 08, 2020 by Charles Ramsay

(Don't) Show Me Your Papers

We've gotten the same question from multiple friends and family members -- "what type of paperwork do I need to travel around during the effective period of Governor Walz' 'Stay At Home' Order?" Our answer is always the same . . . Read More

Posted on April 06, 2020 by Charles Ramsay


We ended part 2 of this 4 part blog series with the question: “We’ve been down this road before and we learned from it. Right?” The answer is, Yes! . . . but apparently, it didn't take long for some of us to forget . . . Read More

Posted on March 10, 2020 by Charles Ramsay

DataMaster DMT Digging Its Own Dangerous Hole

Minnesota has been using the DataMaster DMT as its alcohol breath testing machine for years. When this machine was originally purchased, we were promised a rock-solid piece of technology backed by a transparent, honest company. But since the original manufacturer sold their company to Intoximeters, Inc., out of Missouri, that promise started to evaporate. And Minnesotans are paying the price. Read More

Posted on February 05, 2020 by Charles Ramsay
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