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Can a motion to suppress evidence help your DWI case?

On Behalf of | Dec 7, 2022 | Dwi |

A motion to suppress is filed to exclude specific evidence from a trial. If evidence is suppressed, it will not come up at any point of the trial, and it can significantly affect the outcome of your case.

There are several reasons a court can suppress evidence in a DWI case. Some of them are listed below.

1. Evidence was obtained illegally.

The police may have broken the law or violated your rights when obtaining evidence. For instance, if your DWI stop was illegal because there was no reasonable suspicion to pull you over, the court may suppress evidence obtained from the unlawful stop. Illegally obtained evidence is usually inadmissible in court.

2. There were chain-of-custody errors.

Police are supposed to handle evidence carefully and ensure its integrity is not compromised. If mistakes by law enforcement lead to a mix-up of your chemical test results, and the police cannot account for them, you can challenge the reliability of such evidence.

The police must follow proper procedures for handling and storing evidence from its collection to use in court. Any mistakes or gaps in between can lead to the suppression of such evidence.

What it could mean for your DWI case

Drunk driving is a criminal offense, and the prosecution must prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt for a conviction. Suppressed evidence weakens the prosecution’s case, which could work in your favor. That could lead to an outright acquittal at trial, dropped charges or a compromise plea agreement to lesser charges.

Fighting a DWI charge can take a multi-faceted approach. Find out more about your legal options right away.

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