Let’s face it, a lot of times, defendants are caught red-handed. Whether they blow a .25 in a breathalyzer in a DWI case or they are found with bags of LSD in the glove box of their vehicle, the police have all the evidence they need to secure a conviction.
But what if the police didn’t gather their evidence in the right way? Someone needs to hold them accountable to protect the Constitutional rights of the citizens. That job falls squarely on the shoulders of the criminal defense attorney.
Often times, the absolute best chance to have a case dropped if by pointing out flaws in the way the police conducted their arrest or investigation. In some cases, the stop was not conducted fairly. In other cases, the police went too far in searching for evidence, or held a person longer than they had a right to do so.
The reasons to suppress evidence can be very technical. Lawyers can spend hours researching a seemingly small issue, because each case is different. Sometimes a flaw like lack of probable cause will not become apparent until all the evidence has been studied and parsed through.
When there is a potentially valid motion to suppress, it is essential to hire an attorney to bring the issue to the light of the courtroom. The issues are too minute and too technical for the average person to have success in the majority of cases.
Not every case has a valid suppression issue. But until an experienced criminal defense attorney takes a hard look, it is impossible to know. The key to a dismissal before trial might be hidden in the details. For a free consultation on your criminal matter, call defense attorney Rob Chesnutt. 512-677-5003.