Pretrial Motions

  • Motions to Suppress Evidence: The Fourth Amendment protects people against unreasonable searches and seizures.  If the police have stopped you, or searched you or your property without a legitimate reason to believe that you’re involved in criminal activity, any evidence procured as a result thereof will be held inadmissible in court.
  • Motions to Suppress Identification: With the advent of DNA and other advances in forensic technology, we now know that eyewitness misidentification has led to an appalling number of wrongful convictions.  If police employ a suggestive identification procedure during their investigation, it may violate your right to due process and the resulting identification may be inadmissible in court.
  • Motions to Suppress Statements: The Fifth Amendment affords people the right against self-incrimination.  If you have spoken with police without previously being advised of your rights to remain silent and have a lawyer present for questioning, your statements may be held inadmissible in court.  Moreover, the Sixth Amendment protects people from police interrogation without having an attorney present as well.