As the defendant in a criminal case, you can ask the judge to exclude specific evidence from being used against you at trial by filing a motion to suppress. If granted, the evidence will essentially be excluded from your case, and the prosecution will not present it to the court if you go on trial.
A judge can grant a motion to suppress based on various legal grounds. It could be because the evidence was obtained in violation of your Constitutional rights, such as through an unlawful search and seizure, Miranda rights violations or even errors by law enforcement that contaminate or compromise the integrity of the evidence.
What it could mean to your case
Suppressing evidence can have significant implications for your criminal case. The prosecution may not be too eager to proceed to trial with a weak argument unlikely to secure a conviction. It could result in a favorable plea deal, reduced charges or even a dismissal of your case. That said, your case can still proceed to trial if the prosecution wishes to go all the way. However, the exclusion of crucial evidence can significantly increase the likelihood of a desirable verdict.
Get an informed assessment of the evidence against you
Challenging the admissibility of the evidence in your criminal case can be a pivotal defense strategy that could sway the odds in your favor. However, it’s easier said than done. The legal technicalities involved in suppressing evidence and the complex nature of criminal proceedings can be overwhelming.
It highlights the need for qualified legal guidance to help identify and make the most of the flaws in the prosecution’s case while safeguarding your rights and interests.