The Alleged Crime: A client faced one count of a Category D felony.
The Evidence: The alleged crime was caught on video. The alleged victim gave a recorded statement to police. The client was also interrogated by police, which was recorded, but he was not read Miranda rights.
The Motion: I drafted a motion to suppress the client’s recorded statement based upon the Miranda violations. Because the client was in police custody at the time he was interrogated, but was not read his rights as required by Miranda and other case law, the State conceded in its filed response that all statements he made after a certain point in the process were inadmissible in court because of the violation.
The Outcome: Because of the fact that the client’s statements were no longer admissible at trial, the State made a new, lower offer of negotiation to the client, which he accepted. Now, the State has agreed to probation and, if he is successful, he will not have a felony conviction on his record (also known as a drop down). My careful review of the record and discovery in this case, even after it passing through several attorneys previously, allowed me to file a motion to protect the client’s rights and push the State to offer the resolution he had been seeking.
Disclaimer: My involvement with this case was not as the lead attorney; however, I assisted the lead attorney in preparing the case for trial and drafting the motion discussed in this post.